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Gulf Boats Having Trouble Finding Any Oil

From the Agence France-Pressee (AFP):

Gulf boats having trouble finding any oil: US official

Wed Jul 21, 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Some 750 boats drafted in to scoop up oil from the Gulf of Mexico are having "trouble" finding any crude in the sea, a top US official said Wednesday, almost a week after a busted well was capped.

"We are starting to have trouble finding oil," US pointman [sic] Admiral Thad Allen, who is in charge of handling the government’s response, told reporters.

The boats, which have been drafted in to skim oil off the surface of the Gulf, are "really having to search for the oil in some cases" around the area of the capped well, he added.

According to official US government figures, more than 270,000 barrels of oil (11.3 million gallons) have been burned in controlled operations since the start of the spill in April.

That is more than all the crude that spilled into the seas off Alaska in the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989…

Allen said some of the boats used in the skimming operations were being brought ashore for repairs, as attention turned more towards cleaning up the oil that has already washed ashore along five Gulf coasts

Have you noticed that the estimates of how much oil has been spilled range between 94 and 184 million gallons? Isn’t that quite a wide spread?

Meanwhile, we have this surprising effort at putting the BP spill into perspective – even at the high end of the estimates, from CNBC:

What Does 184 Million Gallons of Oil Look Like?

If The Gulf Was A Football Stadium…

If the Gulf of Mexico – the 7th largest body of water in the world, containing approximately 660 quadrillion gallons of water (that’s 660 with 15 zeros) – was represented by Cowboys Stadium in Dallas – the largest domed stadium in the world – how would the spill stack up?

In this example, the amount of oil spilled – if the Gulf of Mexico was the size of Cowboys Stadium – would be about the size of a 24 ounce can of beer.

Cowboys stadium has an internal volume of approximately 104 million cubic feet, compared to the just over 50 cubic inches of volume in a 24-ounce can.

Just like the can, the spilled oil represents only .00000002788% of the liquid volume present in the Gulf of Mexico, although as the oil is dispersed, the amount of water affected becomes substantially greater.

No wonder it is hard to find.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Gulf Boats Having Trouble Finding Any Oil”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    You mean it might not really be as bad as the press wants it to be?
    Maybe they can all fly to China and cover their spill.
    Lots of authentic Chinese food, great service, and best of all, the government will write the stories for them and provide approved photos.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Nothing like perspective to put things in perspective.

  3. untrainable says:

    Without the impending doom implied by the media and the regime, there would be no reason to stop American drilling. Oblamer and his minions need a visible reason to squelch the American economy, and they put all their eggs in the BP spill basket. Without a disaster to hide behind, they’ll have to count on Oblamer’s oh so intellectual BS to get drilling stopped, and to pass the cap and tax energy bill. Be of good cheer though kids, I’m sure Obama can create another disaster without much effort. Break out the oily bird photos already? Too bad there are no polar bears in the gulf. Oily polar bear photos would be even better.

  4. TerryAnne says:

    Anyone notice that it is the Cowboy’s stadium? From Texas…that Big Oil State? The stadium that is only 48th in the world in size/capacity?

    Nice going on the subliminal messaging there, CNBC. *rolls eyes*

  5. proreason says:

    Well, there’s always the trusty phrase “man-caused disaster”.

    The real disaster in the Gulf is caused by one man, barack obama.

    1. he has made it impossible to contain the oil before it could do maximum damage
    2. he has created a $20 B slush-fund from it for himself.
    3. he has used the “crisis” to shut down oil production in this country and cost thousands of jubs.
    4. he has done his best to ruin the oil industry.
    5. just wait unil the marxist stop manipulating the price of gasoline after November.

    The 00000002788% of oil in the gulf pales compares to that.

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