Results released on new analysis of oil spill
Published: January 10,2012
GULF OF MEXICO — Federal scientists say a new chemistry-based analysis of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico closely matches official estimates released at the time of the spill.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a new study found that an average of 11,130 tons of gas and oil compounds per day were released from the BP PLC well that fouled the Gulf. The official leak rate officials used during the spill was about 11,350 tons of gas and oil per day.
The agency says the new study combined chemical measurements in the deep ocean, in the oil slick and in the air.
Thomas Ryerson, a NOAA research chemist and lead author of the study, said the new study did not rely on data used in the original estimates, which were based on looking at video of the leaking well, the diameter of the pipe and other calculations of the flowing fluids.
“We analyzed a completely separate set of chemical measurements, which independently led us to a very similar leak estimate,” Ryerson said.
The new study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- Spivey named Under 40 Business Person of the Year by the Mississippi Business Journal
- Bids on reworking Interstate 55 stretch are rejected
- JACK WEATHERLY: Economic development in these parts is a ‘family’ business
- Two new casinos like the odds on Mississippi Gulf Coast
- Report ranks state schools' performance 51st in the nation
- The leadership styles of President Obama
- JACK WEATHERLY: Finding a house, defending a neighborhood, finding a voice
- Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years
- WRESTLING SUCCESS — Ted DiBiase Jr. leaves ring to become entrepreneur