"This will go down in the history books as the Earth Day blowout"
April 26, 2010 3:02 PM Subscribe
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The fire is out on the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. But since the rig sank last Thursday, Coast Guard officials believe about 13,000 gallons (7,400 bbl) of crude oil per day is coming out of the exploratory hole drilled by the rig, about 41 miles offshore from Plaquemines Parish, LA
. "An early suggestion that damage would be minimal because the fire was consuming most of the fuel 'does have the potential to change,' BP official David Rainey told the New York Times
Only days ago, the spill from the rig's explosion was thought to be "minor"
(less than 100,000 gallons). But with the collapse of the rig, and subsequent failures to plug the leak, officials are re-evaluating the scale of the disaster.
From CS Monitor, even without the environmental damage, the blowout and explosion would be the second-worst offshore oil rig disaster in U.S. history, with 11 rig workers missing and presumed dead. In 1964, 21 workers were killed in another Gulf platform blowout.
Photo gallery at the Christian Science Monitor
Video from The Guardian
Situation report from NOAA