One barrel of oil is equal to 42 gallons.
If we take the estimates given today by testimony provided during the congressional hearing of 95,000 barrels of oil spilling into the gulf daily and multiply that by the known 42 gallons per barrel.........
95,000 x 42 = 3,990,000 gallons daily.
So we have almost 4 million gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico every single day.
Steve Wereley, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, earlier this month made simple calculations from a video BP released on May 12 and came up with a flow of 70,000 barrels a day, NPR reported last week. Werely on Wednesday told a House Commerce and Energy Committee subcommittee that his calculations of two leaks that show up on videos BP released on Tuesday showed 70,000 barrels from one leak and 25,000 from the other.
Gulf Oil Spill Now Pegged At 95,000 Gallons Daily
Yet BP has been claiming steadfastly that it is 5,000 gallons daily and the Coast Guard/MMS/NOAA has been going along with those numbers, and allowing BP to refuse to have independent scientists verify this claim.
Thankfully Rep. Ed Markey from Mass. is not going along with this and has demanded that BP allow a live feed to run so that scientists can verify the rate themselves and not simply take BP's word for it, because you know of course BP has their own interest to protect over that of the United States people and environment.
Live Feed of Oil Spill is supposed to be up and running tonight at Rep. Ed Markey's Committee website (linked below)