Day 57: Oil spill could have powered 68,000 cars for a yearJune 16th, 2010 - 3:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 16 (ANI): 57 days after the Gulf oil spill, updated figures show that the amount of oil wasted could have powered 68,000 cars for a year.
According to University of Delaware Prof. James J. Corbett, who updates the numbers daily on his website, the oil could have been used by 6,100 trucks, and 3,100 ships for a full year too, in addition to the cars.
Based on an estimated spill rate of 30,000 barrels of oil per day, the science team analyzing the spill updated their estimates to range between 20,000 and 40,000 barrels per day, nearly double their original estimated flow rate.
The website calculates how many vehicles could have been powered for a year, based on inputs by the visitors who choose the spill rate they believe is most accurate from a range of reported estimates. (ANI)