A fluid dynamics engineer has looked at the video (see it at the bottom of the page) and noted the flow is more like 70,000 barrels a day, also known as 2.8 million gallons per day.
Oh, okay, minus the 1,000 barrels a day BP says it's now collecting with its little straw. Yeah, you go BP.
Now into our 29th day, assuming the flow has remained constant since the blow out, this means 81.2 million gallons of oil have flowed into the Gulf of Mexico. That's 7.5 Exxon Valdezes.
Sort of like how astronomers speak of that 93 million miles between the earth and the sun as a Solar Unit, or an Astronomical Unit, this to describe such awesomely unfathomable distances that are still miles but not yet light years.
That's right. This unchecked torrent has gone stratospheric. So much so, it has to be referenced in EVUs, Exxon Valdez Units. At the present time we are at 7.5 EVUs.
Let's talk about it, shall we?
The crickets chirp, over a muffled cough, while sweat drips from a media executive's Nixonesque upper lip.
Yeah, they haven't said these things. The opinion shows lambaste all day though. The Ed show, Olbermann and Maddow, good job, but the news stories?
Still the same photos, dismayed brows, and definitely these facts, these as yet undesputed quantities are left out of the news copy.