Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Deepwater Horizon, some perspective

Here's a useful article on helping frame the disaster in the Gulf.

Sick Slicks: Counting Down The 13 Worst Oil Spills : WebEcoist
Sick Slicks: Counting Down The 13 Worst Oil Spills


Here's a summary list from the article:

Exxon Valdez: March 23, 1989; Prince William Sound, Alaska ; 35,000 tons

Torrey Canyon: March 18, 1967; Scilly Islands, Cornwall, England; 123,000 tons

The Odyssey: November 1988, 700 miles off Nova Scotia; 132,000 tons

M/T Haven: April 11, 1991, Mediterranean Sea, off Genoa, Italy 145,000 tons.

Amoco Cadiz: March 16, 1978, Portsall Rocks, Brittany, France, 223,000 tons

Castillo de Bellver: August 1983, Cape Town, South Africa, 252,000 tons

Ekofisk Oil Field: April 22, 1977, North Sea, 263,000 tons

ABT Summer: May 1991, Kharg Island, Iran; 260,000 tons

Nowruz Oil Field: February 10, 1983, Iran.260,000 tons

Fergana Valley
: March 2, 1992, Uzbekistan, 285,000 tons.

Atlantic Empress/Aegean Captain: July 19, 1979, near Tobago in the Caribbean, 287,000 tons

Ixtoc I Oil Well: June 3, 1979, Bay of Campeche near Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico, 454,000 tons

Gulf War Oil Spill: Jan 23, 1991, southern Kuwait, 1,360,000-1,500,000 tons

Deepwater Horizon; April 20, 2010, Gulf of Mexico,  10,000 tons per day; let's say 51 days to date, about 510,000 tons.

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