A recent federal study reveals that an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began fifteen years ago releases approximately 4,500 gallons of oil per day. Unbelievable as it sounds, the oil has been actively leaking for over fourteen years.
The estimates reveal that the leak approximately measures from about 380 gallons to 4,500 gallons. It has been reportedly found that a company’s damaged oil platform has been the reason behind this. The damage was done due to an unfortunate hurricane.
What led to the oil spill?
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s scientist, as well as the Florida State University’s scientist, found out the source of the oil spill.
Oil company has been leaking 4,500 gallons of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico for 14 years. #TaylorEnergyCompany https://t.co/n9BYPraEaZ #opsociety #oilspill #fossilfuel #climatecrisis #racingextinction
— Oceanic Preservation Society / OPS (@OP_Society) June 28, 2019
Nobody knew about this oil spill until today and it has been damaging the environment for years. This discovery of the oil spill in the US can be one of the largest hazards to the environment.
A Gulf of Mexico oil spill that began in 2004 is releasing far more oil than the well owner claims. A report found the flow at more than 4,500 gallons a day from the spill, triggered by Hurricane Ivan. The owner has been claiming the amount is less than three gallons a day from worldnews
It has been found that the leak began in the year 2004 when a property of the company named Taylor Energy was badly damaged due to a hurricane named Ivan. The hurricane was extreme and drowned a number of wells and pipes under the ocean floor.
Taylor Energy tried its best to fix the disaster’s damage. Nine wells were capped and three containment domes were placed in the year 2008. In the year 2010, the local activists of the gulf found more oil leaks. The oil leaks were found near the Deepwater Horizon Spill. In fact, the case got the nation’s attention.
Oil spill from 15 years ago leaks into the Gulf of Mexico. This began in 2004, when Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf of Mexico, damaging an oil platform and sinking wells/pumps. Containment systems have been in place, but oil still leaks out. #PGE301n https://t.co/SFLhsLkqd0
— Vania Santos (@vania_pge) July 1, 2019
In the year 2018, precisely after fourteen years, a system of containment has been introduced to reduce the damage. The system was installed by the Coast Guard of the US. This containment system is efficient enough to collect thirty barrels of oil every day which is about 1260 gallons of oil a day. The system has been collecting the oil before it surged in the ocean since May 2018.
The Taylor Energy company has been literally liquidating its assets. The asset includes oil as well as gas. The company says that their oil platform is fixed and the leakage today is only due to the sediment that may have soaked oil and other natural sources. The federal government doesn’t seem to agree with this explanation.
Andrew Mason, one of the study authors reveal that the oil’s source is the company’s reservoir and not from the ocean sediment that may have soaked oil. There has been thorough research which included sample collection, laboratory tests, and the usage of acoustic devices.
For the past 14 years, Taylor Energy has spilled up to 1,200 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, the longest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. This man may finally stop it. https://t.co/NTMYPxs3DO
— SELC (Environmental Law) (@selc_org) July 6, 2019
The findings of the acoustic device reveal that an approximate of 10 to 48 barrels, or about 381 to 1,900 gallons, of oil, are leaking every day. A device known as bubblometer has revealed an estimate of 19-108 barrels of oil per day which is 800-4,500 gallons of oil leakage every day.
Action-taken to stop the leakage
If we talk about the action taken, the containment system by the coast guard of the US is a highly efficient system. However, this cannot be a permanent solution. Moreover, the containment system is not entirely leakproof.
The spokesperson from Taylor Energy conveyed that continuous intervention with the oil spill may worsen the situation which may harm the environment.
Its an unresolved case for fifteen years. Now that the extent of the problem is pretty clear, the containment system cannot be the permanent solution; a permanent and quick solution is in dire need.
The problem needs to be fixed as soon as possible before it affects negatively human life. The researches are going on every day, experts will soon come up with a solution and solve the issue.
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