Debacle in the Gulf, Day 42

With over 33 million gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, we are now being told that the spill may continue till August.

The amount of oil already leaked is equal to the volume of more than 50 Olympic sized pools. (That could triple by August [it could also triple due to simple re-calculations of the flow rate, remember it has already grown from 1000 barrels a day to 5000 and now to 19000])

If the oil magically stopped right now, we are still looking at massive fouling of beaches and wetlands from Galveston to Naples. And if when a hurricane comes it will be up the rivers and esturaries and into wetlands (hurricane season officially starts tomorrow).

Edit: I see that I missed a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a heavier than usual hurricane season.  To sum it up, it looks like this:

  • 14 to 23 Named Storms, the average is 11
  • 8 to 14 Hurricanes, the average is 6
  • 3 to 7 Major Hurricanes, the average is 2