11 Jun '12, 7pm

Collected oil from Michigan's spill is already 34% bigger than an initial estimate:

Collected oil from Michigan's spill is already 34% bigger than an initial estimate:

Oil-coated birds from Michigan. In 2010, a rupture in an Enbridge Energy pipeline dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil sands crude into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. When the spill was first reported, Enbridge estimated that 819,000 gallons of oil had escaped. Later, it revised the estimate upward to more than 843,000 gallons. Those were both low. The EPA put its official estimate at 1 million gallons. But that’s clearly too low as well, since the agency has already recovered 1.1 million gallons — and it’s not done yet. In graph form, here’s how the estimates stack up: Click to embiggen. The collected oil, in other words, is already 34 percent bigger than Enbridge’s initial estimate. But there’s another data point worth noting. The EPA has also removed a large amount of contaminated water, water that’s been mixed to some extent with leaked oil. While it’s n...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/estimates-of-michigans-enbridge-spi...

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