Government Experts reveal 420 MILLION to 840 MILLION gallons of BP oil have flowed into Gulf
July 14th, 2010
National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Day 2, July 13, 2010:
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Ed Overton, professor emeritus of the Louisiana State University department of environmental sciences:
It typically does that at concentrations 1/10th the amount of oil. The normal dispersant used is one part dispersant into 10 parts oil or 20 parts.
Just a few minutes later the governments only other expert witness on the panel, Christopher Reddy, an associate scientist of marine chemistry and geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, added:
The dispersant alone at 1/10th the load is not ideal but I think it is necessary.
As reported in the New Orleans Times Picayune, Reddy commented on the amount of dispersants used to date in the BP oil disaster:
Reddy said he is also concerned about the total amount of dispersants used, which is unprecedented. He noted that 1 million barrels [42 million gallons] of dispersants have been applied to the Gulf of Mexico to fight this spill, more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster.
(More information on the 42 million gallons of dispersant used in the Gulf)
Using the 1 million barrels of dispersant means that, at a ratio of 1:10, there has been 10 million barrels of oil released in to the Gulf of Mexico since late April.
At the 1:20 ratio, there would be 20 million barrels of oil released.
According to the only two expert witnesses called by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the amount of oil entering the Gulf of Mexico during this disaster is now between 420 million and 840 million gallons (10-20 million barrels).