Sunday, May 16, 2010

Gulf Naturally Leaks 48 Million Gallons Of Oil Each Year, 5X To 25X BP Leak

In comparison to BP's leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the natural oil leaking in the Gulf from the ocean floor is 5 times to 25 times greater the amount of oil that BP's well is leaking into the Gulf.
[Thomas] Shirley, the marine biologist [at Texas A&M University], notes that oil is not a foreign substance in the gulf: "What most people haven't considered is that there's 48 million gallons of oil that's leaked naturally in the gulf every year.

Ian MacDonald, the Florida State University professor who has gained attention with his estimate, based on aerial images, that the leak is five times the official estimate of 5,000 barrels a day, said nature will ultimately have to fix the gulf mess. "BP is not going to clean up this spill," he said. "The Coast Guard is not going to clean up this spill. What's going to clean up this spill is the physical, chemical, biological process of the good ol', poor, downtrodden Gulf of Mexico."
From "Oil spill imperils an unseen world at the bottom of the gulf" by Joel Achenbach in the Washington Post.

[Also, see later post, "Human Use Causes Much More Ocean Oil Than Drilling Accidents"]

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