The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has now reached 80 days. The number will continue to rise as the oil continues to gush out of the open well. Currently, BP is claiming that their relief well drilling could be completed in as little as a few weeks. Of course, this is simply a “perfect case” scenario. The man President Obama has chosen to monitor the situation, Coast Guard General Thad Allen, has chosen to hold the belief that the well will be completed by mid-August. General Allen has stated repeatedly that any time sooner would require various factors to fall into place. For those who have been living under a rock, check out this brief time line of the events provided by Greenpeace.org.
Initial estimates put the daily amount of oil spilling into the Gulf at about 5,000 barrels/day. The weeks following the initial estimates, new data has now placed the amount closer to 60,000 barrels/day. There is currently 2.5 million gallons of oil spewing out from the underwater well and the spill has taken renewed the debate over the safety of off-shore drilling. To put the 2.5 million gallons number into perspective, every four days of this spill in the Gulf equals the total oil from the Exxon Valdez spill.
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On Monday we will discuss how you can get involved in the cause.