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What Happened to All That Oil?

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1 What Happened to All That Oil? on Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:03 pm

Today, a panel of government scientists released a report which said that the vast majority of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill has either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from
the wellhead or dispersed much of which is in the process of being
degraded. A significant amount of this is the direct result of the
federal government’s aggressive response to the spill.
The chart below outlines the breakdown of what has happened to the
oil released into the Gulf of Mexico since the oil spill began in April:

These interagency findings were generated using a scientific tool
called the Oil Budget Calculator, which employs a combination of direct
measurements and the best scientific estimates available. The
calculator is based on 4.9 million barrels of oil released into the
Gulf, the government’s latest estimates of the flow rate from Monday.
More than 25 of the best government and independent scientists
contributed to or reviewed the calculator and its calculation methods.
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of
Energy (DOE), as well as academic scientists are continuing to work to
refine these calculations.
While we welcome the news contained in this report, we continue to
be extremely concerned about what this oil spill means for the health
of the Gulf ecosystem and the millions of people who depend on the Gulf
for their livelihoods and enjoyment. To that end, our response effort
will continue until the well is killed, the oil is cleaned up and until
all of the people are made whole again.
For more information about the ongoing Administration-wide response to BP Oil Spill, visit RestoreTheGulf.gov.
Article by Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

source: http://blog.cleantechies.com/2010/08/04/what-happened-to-all-that-oil/

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