If we could capture all the oil that’s spilling into the Gulf everyday and put them into barrels in a 3’x3′ space, it would take up 2.2 acres per day.
Here’s how that would be relative to Lexington – and I’m only starting from May 20th…
Today we heard from the AP that:
“The Gulf oil spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history, according to new estimates released Thursday, but the Coast Guard and BP said an untested procedure to stop it seemed to be working.
A team of scientists trying to determine how much oil has been flowing since the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20 and sank two days later found the rate was more than twice and possibly up to five times as high as previously thought.
Even using the most conservative estimate, that means the leak has grown to nearly 19 million gallons over the past five weeks, surpassing the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, which at about 11 million gallons had been the nation’s worst spill. Under the highest Gulf spill estimate, nearly 39 million gallons may have leaked…”
Let’s pray that the “untested” procedure works….
So far, in the last 8 days, enough oil has spilled to cover everything between Vine Street and Maxwell, and from Rose to Rupp in barrels…..