New NOAA-led analysis shows gases and oil in three chemically different mixtures deep underwater, in the surface slick, in the air

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 9, 2012

Follow up to previous postings on the Deepwater Horizon Spill, this news release from NOAA: “By combining detailed chemical measurements in the deep ocean, in the oil slick, and in the air, NOAA scientists and academic colleagues have independently estimated how fast gases and oil were leaking during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The new chemistry-based spill rate estimate, an average of 11,130 tons of gas and oil compounds per day, is close to the official average leak rate estimate of about 11,350 tons of gas and oil per day (equal to about 59,200 barrels of liquid oil per day).”

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