Oil spill flow

The rate of oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico is at least twice and possibly up to five times as high as previously thought. Oil leak, in barrels per day Original BP/federal estimate Current estimate

1,000

5,000

12,000 25,000

NOTE: Low and high range One barrel of new estimates from equals 42 gallons U.S. government • The “top kill” is expected to decrease the flow rate and eventually stop the oil flow • Estimates put the current spill at 452,000-929,000 barrels, passing the Exxon Valdez (260,000 barrels) as the worst oil spill in U.S. history © 2010 MCT Source: U.S. Department of the Interior

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