Here’s a quick primer on the BP spill, as well as some of the new details emerging about it.
What we know so farWhat we’ve known for months about the oil disaster on the Gulf of Mexico in the Gulf is that an oil spill of up to 5 million barrels (21 million gallons) of oil spewed from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig into the waters of the Gulf in 2010.
But now a study has confirmed that the oil spilled from the rig’s leaking well was, in fact, an accident.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the report Friday, saying that a “smaller-than-anticipated amount of oil” was released from the BP Deepwater Shale rig and that the “release occurred when a pipeline ruptured and spilled.”
The Deepwater Gulf spill is one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history, and the cleanup is expected to take years.
A total of $2.7 billion has been set aside to recover the oil and other debris.
The report says the oil release from the drill-rig was a result of a ruptured pipeline, but that the release was small and it’s still unclear exactly what caused it.
The Deepwater rig is a $6 billion oil rig that was built in 1972 by BP to drill for oil.
The rig was first completed in 1974 and was intended to carry 2,000 barrels of oil per day.
It was designed to be able to handle as much as 2.5 million barrels per day in oil production.
In 2011, BP said it would spend about $3.8 billion to clean up the Deepsea Shale.
BP’s CEO Bob Dudley said the company would begin to spend money by the end of June to help with the cleanup, but the report says it will take more than that.
The study says that a company called Schlumberger had been contracted to clean-up the spill, but a review of its records revealed that it was not operating properly.
Schlumberge’s records show that it only spent about $100,000 cleaning up the spill and only a fraction of that was directed to the cleanup.
The analysis found that the spill was the result of an accidental explosion at a wellhead in an area that had been used by BP for the cleanup of the Deep water, according to a report in The New York Times.
The Associated Press reported Friday that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) told the Coast Guard that it had received information that the Deep Water Shale spill was an accident and that BP was aware of the accident, but BP officials declined to say how many people were hurt or killed by the accident.BP had been working with the government for months to determine what caused the oil to leak from the drilling rig, according the report.BP did not respond to requests for comment Friday.
In a statement, the company said that “the release occurred when the pipeline ruptures and spills a small amount of crude oil from the wellhead, which was not being used for oil production.”
“The company is fully cooperating with the investigation,” the statement read.
“The spill did not cause any injuries or deaths, nor did it result in any economic impact to our customers.”
In April, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it was investigating the incident.
BP said Friday that it plans to cooperate with the EPA, but it has not released any additional details.