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BP's oil spill – Is it the real Catastrophe

BP's oil spill – Is it the real Catastrophe
From the very beginning, BP representatives have always underestimated the size of the spill. Initially, they even claimed that there was probably no oil spill at all. However, after being pressurized by the government, BP officials claimed that oil was flowing at about 5,000 barrels a day. By June, this estimate was raised to about 60,000 barrels a day.

Now, having gathered data from pressure readings of the oil capped well, scientists are claiming that the final estimate might even reach as high as 4.9 million barrels in total, making it about 206 million gallons of oil. Whats interesting to note is that scientists have recently stated that initially the oil was flowing at about 62,000 barrels a day. This ironically was at the very time when BP was claiming that there was absolutely no oil spill whatsoever.

These figures officially make BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the biggest accidental spill in the history of the oil industry. The right oil spill estimate is very important, for it is in accordance to these estimates that the government can assign penalties to BP, under the Oil Pollution Act. This then only means that BP can be slapped with a fine of nearly $21.5 billion.

Unfortunately, BP's oil spill is not the real catastrophe. It is our addiction for oil, that's killing the environment.From the very beginning, BP representatives have always underestimated the size of the spill. Initially, they even claimed that there was probably no oil spill at all. However, after being pressurized by the government, BP officials claimed that oil was flowing at about 5,000 barrels a day. By June, this estimate was raised to about 60,000 barrels a day.

Now, having gathered data from pressure readings of the oil capped well, scientists are claiming that the final estimate might even reach as high as 4.9 million barrels in total, making it about 206 million gallons of oil. Whats interesting to note is that scientists have recently stated that initially the oil was flowing at about 62,000 barrels a day. This ironically was at the very time when BP was claiming that there was absolutely no oil spill whatsoever.

These figures officially make BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the biggest accidental spill in the history of the oil industry. The right oil spill estimate is very important, for it is in accordance to these estimates that the government can assign penalties to BP, under the Oil Pollution Act. This then only means that BP can be slapped with a fine of nearly $21.5 billion.

Unfortunately, BP's oil spill is not the real catastrophe. It is our addiction for oil, that's killing the environment.

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