Just how much oil has spilled so far?

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by Katie Moore / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 16 at 6:27 PM

The latest revised estimate of the amount of oil pouring into the gulf is 60,000 barrels a day.

It's obviously a lot of oil, but exactly how much? 

WWL-TV asked Tulane University Biomolecular Engineering Assoc. Professor Hank Ashbaugh to crunch the numbers for us.
“We have approximately one Exxon Valdez being dumped into the Gulf every four days,” he said.

So far, Ashbaugh said we're up to at least 15 Exxon Valdezes.           

Once you start thinking about the mass of oil that's out there, it's just disgusting and frustrating that we're in the situation that we're in,” said Vice President of Pat O’Brien's, Shelly Waguespack, especially when you consider it in light of their world-famous cocktails.

“We get sixteen hurricanes to a gallon,” she said.

There are 42 gallons in a barrel of oil.

Which gives us 40,320,000 hurricane drinks” of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico everyday, according to Ashbaugh.

“That's a lot of hurricanes,” Waguespack said.

The spill equates to five Olympic-sized swimming pools pouring into the Gulf a day.

“Which then translates into 285 pools so far,” Ashbaugh said.

“It's horrifying to think this much oil is in our waterways,” said Asst. General Manager of the UNO Lakefront Arena David Armond, while he looked at the massive pool he manages.

You can also look at it in terms of the Superdome.

Ashbaugh estimates that the current amount of oil in the gulf would fill up more than 20 percent of the dome, which means, it would take 11 months to just about fill it up.

“About 780 dump trucks per day, for a total of about 45,000 dump trucks so far,” in another analogy from Ashbaugh.

Not to mention, filling up 19 Washington monuments.     

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