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Sat Jun 29, 2019, 09:11 PM

15-year-old oil spill thousand times worse than rig owner's estimate

Study: 380 to 4,500 gallons of oil flow daily
By: Harmeet Kaur, CNN
Posted: Jun 29, 2019 03:02 PM CDT Updated: Jun 29, 2019 04:06 PM CDT

(CNN) - For 15 years, oil from one particular spill has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

A new federal study estimates that each day, about 380 to 4,500 gallons of oil are flowing at the site where a company's oil platform was damaged after a hurricane. That's about a hundred to a thousand times worse than the company's initial estimate, which put the amount of oil flowing into the ocean at less than three gallons a day.

The report, released this past week and written by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and one at Florida State University, also contradicted assertions from the Taylor Energy Company about where the oil was coming from.

The leak started in 2004, when an oil platform belonging to the Taylor Energy Company was damaged by a mudslide after Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf of Mexico. A bundle of pipes and wells sank to the ocean floor and became partially buried under mud and sediment.


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Judi Lynn Jun 2019 OP
czarjak Jun 2019 #1

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Sun Jun 30, 2019, 11:46 PM

1. Not to mention the lingering effects of the BP spill.

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