Report: Only one quarter of oil left in Gulf

53.5 million gallons remain -- over four times the amount spilled in the Exxon Valdez


Associated Press
August 4, 2010 6:20PM (UTC)

Federal scientists say about one-quarter of the BP oil that spilled out of its broken well remains.

A new government report says nearly three-quarters of the oil -- more than 152 million gallons -- has either been collected at the well by BP's cap, burned, skimmed, chemically dispersed, naturally deteriorated, evaporated or dissolved.

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That leaves about 53.5 million gallons in the gulf. The amount remaining -- or washed up on the shore -- still is more than four times the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

Federal officials say about a quarter of the oil evaporated or dissolved in the warm gulf waters, the same way sugar dissolves in water. Another one-sixth naturally dispersed, because of the way it leaked from the well. Another one-sixth was burned, skimmed or dispersed using controversial chemicals.


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