CRUDE AWAKENING: 17. How does the Deepwater Horizon compare with the Exon Valdez oil spill?

Believe it or not, so far, this rig explosion is on a much smaller scale than the Exxon Valdez disaster, which is one of the biggest human – caused environmental disasters in history.

Here comes something harder to believe. The oil that has spilled into the Gulf so far this week is from the initial rig explosion and the rig’s sinking.  And there doesn’t seem to be any oil seeping up from the seafloor drilling hole, experts say.

If oil did start seeping up from that hole, it could cause some 336,000 gallons a day to spill into the ocean, according to news reports.  In comparison, when the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground on the Prince William Sound on March 24 1989, it spilled 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into the sea, covering 1,300 square miles. It would take months for the broken oil rig to reach that amount.


About bettybyrd

Betty Byrd is an editor, author, and actress. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing, and furthered her literary career through graduate studies at Ohio State University. She was an editor for The Spectator, Ohio’s largest weekly newspaper, and has free – lanced for a national men’s magazine. Betty has appeared in film and television, as well as numerous commercials and mini-series. She is a voting member of the American Federation of Television Artists and also of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2002-2003 Betty was accepted into the Who’s Who of America and in 2007-2008, the Who’s Who of American Women. Her previous literary works include a novel, Trinity’s Daughter, for which she was honored as a local author by the San Diego Public Library. She is also a recipient of a first place fiction writing award for her new novel, Utopia, Texas at the prestigious Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Betty has had successful book-signings across the country to large crowds at local Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores. She has been featured in newspapers, and appeared on NBC – TV, and radio talk shows. Betty currently lives in Southern California with her husband and family.
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