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Damages from spill could exceed $10 billion
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s still not completely clear exactly how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the failed Deepwater Horizon oil well, but a new tool designed by University of Delaware Prof. James J. Corbett helps put the amount in perspective.
Based on a spill rate of 19,000 barrels of oil per day, the total amount of oil lost could have powered 38,000 cars, and 3,400 trucks, and 1,800 ships for a full year, had the oil been used as fuel. Corbett, who specializes in marine policy, recently launched a website that reports the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in terms of lost uses of the lost fuel on a daily basis.
Visitors to the website can choose the spill rate they believe is most accurate from a range of reported estimates, and the website will automatically calculate how many cars, trucks, and ships could have been powered for a year, based on Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Here are just a few of Corbett’s findings:
• By May 5 (15 days after the spill), the oil lost could have fueled 470 container ships serving New York and New Jersey ports for a year.
• By May 25 (35 days after the spill), energy from the spilled oil could have provided a year’s gasoline for all registered automobiles (about 26,000 cars) in Newark, Del., where UD’s main campus is located.
• By May 31 (41 days after the spill), the lost energy could have fueled one freight truck on 17 trips across all 4 million miles of U.S. highway. (more…)
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