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4.9 Million Barrels of Oil

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bp_oil_spillThis is the final estimate. 4.9 million barrels of oil gushed in to the Gulf. That is 62,000 barrels a day since this disaster began on April 20th. Thank You BP! The thousands of fishermen and gulf coast workers all thank you for ruining their lives!

The US government on Monday said BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico gushed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil, making it the largest accidental oil spill of all time.

"Overall, the scientific teams estimate that approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil have been released from the well," the joint response command that includes BP and the US government said in a statement describing the new estimate.
 
"Not all of this oil and gas flowed into the ocean; containment activities conducted by BP under US direction captured approximately 800,000 barrels of oil prior to the capping of the well," they said.
 
The 4.9 million barrels is at the upper end of an earlier official estimate, which said that between 3.0 million and 5.3 million barrels had spewed from the well between April 20, when the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, and July 15, when a cap placed over the wellhead was finally sealed.

The refined estimates "are the most accurate to date and have an uncertainty of plus or minus 10 percent," according to the statement. Link

They had calculated that of the 4.9 million barrels, 800,000 barrels were siphoned out of the water. Yeah, woo hoo!
I am hoping to see a fine against BP. Under the Clean Water Act, there is a fine of $1,100 per barrel but if gross negligence was determined, see that fine spike up to $4,300  per barrel resulting in an estimated $4 billion dollar fine.

Pffft - that is chump change for mega-oil giant.
 
Four billion dollars is not going to save the ecosystem. This will take decades! Lets reflect:
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Decades for this ocean to completely heal! 
Pay up BP! 

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