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New Estimate for an Oil Leak: A Thousand Times Worse Than Rig Owner Says

nytimes.com
  • New findings regarding the worst oil spill in US history might stop the expansion of American offshore drilling.
  • Oil and gas have been leaking in the Gulf of Mexico since 2004, when an oil platform sank during Hurricane Ivan.
  • Taylor Energy, the company responsible, tried to make everyone believe that the leak was around 4 gallons a day.
  • The new study shows that the leak has been releasing 112500% more - as much as 4,500 gallons (~17,000 liters) - per day for 14 years now.
  • To uncover this, researchers used sonar technology and a novel method of analyzing oil and gas bubbles in water.

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