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The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 60 Days and Counting

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THE NUMBERS
"Initial spill estimates by BP plc, operator of the Deepwater Horizon, were about 5,000 barrels per day 2 . A team of scientists originally estimated that the oil spill rate was 12,000 to 25,000 barrels per day3 , then, on June 10th, the estimate was increased to between 20,000 and 40,000 barrels per day4. *Update!* On June 15th, the estimate was updated to 35,000 to 60,0000 barrels per day5. You can use this list to see what the lost transportation energy would have been under each of the estimates: "

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