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Issue Date: August 02, 2010 By The Numbers Deepwater Oil Drilling PRINT EMAIL SAVE TEXT The data below are from the Issues and Controversies article Deepwater Oil Drilling (August 02, 2010) Deepwater Oil Drilling Approximate distance from the Louisiana coast of the Deepwater 40 miles Horizon oil rig As per a partial ban on drilling new wells imposed in 1981, distance from the East and West coasts of the U.S., and from the eastern Gulf of 200 miles Mexico and the northern coast of Alaska that new wells must be situated Number of workers killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded on 11 April 20, 2010 When the well first started leaking, amount of oil that BP officials 1,000 estimated was flowing into the Gulf of Mexico each day barrels Number of gallons of oil in one barrel 42 35,000- By mid-June, amount of oil that BP officials estimated was flowing into 60,000 the gulf each day barrels According to estimates by some geophysicists, number of barrels of oil 100,000 pouring into the gulf each day As of mid-June 2010, amount of oil BP official Tony Hayward claimed 20,000 was being contained every day barrels 40,000- By the end of June, amount of oil Hayward expected BP to be able to 50,000 contain every day barrels 60,000- By mid-July, amount of oil Hayward expected BP to be able to contain 80,000 every day barrels As a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, approximate fraction of the 1/3 gulf that was declared off-limits to commercial fishing and shrimping Number of feet of water through which the Deepwater Horizon extended 5,000 Number of feet of seafloor sediment through which the Deepwater 13,000 Horizon drill extended to a natural oil resevoir within the Earth's crust Distance below the surface of the water where the Deepwater Horizon 18,000 well entered the oil resevoir Number of relief wells being constructed alongside the main well at the 2 former Deepwater Horizon site Distance from the main well of the relief wells 2,800 feet Number of feet below sea level of the relief wells 10,000 feet Number of specially designed ships sent by BP to the Gulf of Mexico to 40 contain and skim oil from the surface of the water Amount of money that BP announced it had set aside to address the $32.2 billion Deepwater Oil Drilling effects of the oil spill Loss for the second quarter of fiscal year 2010 reported by BP $17 billion Amount of money put into an escrow account by BP to fund damage $20 billion claims for victims of the spill Possible fine BP will have to pay per barrel of oil spilled, as per the $4,300 Clean Water Act As of mid-June 2010, amount of money BP official Tony Hayward said more than the company had paid out in damages $95 million Approximate number of investigations under way into the Deepwater 9 Horizon explosion Number of investigations being conducted by House committees 2 Number of investigations being conducted by BP 1 Amount of time after the accident that BP commissioned a nonprivileged less than 24 investigation hours Number of investigations being conducted by an independent commission created following an executive order issued by President 1 Obama (D) Number of months after Obama took office that BP filed an application 2 with the Minerals Management Service (MMS) Length of the oil spill response plan that BP submitted to MMS with its 582 pages application Number of divisions into which the MMS was broken up after the oil spill 3 Number of feet below sea level that energy companies have been 30,000 drilling for oil and natural gas over the last 10 to 20 years Depth of drilling projects placed under a moratorium in early May 2010 500 feet by Obama Length of the moratorium on deepwater drilling issued by Obama in late 6 months May Number of existing deepwater drilling sites affected by the moratorium 33 Number of major oil companies that engage in deepwater drilling in which the judge who ruled against the six-month moratorium owned at least 1 stock Number of years after the first offshore drilling expedition began in 1896 51 that oil production began in the Gulf of Mexico Number of gallons of oil that gushed into the Santa Barbara Channel as 4 million a result of a crack in an oil field in Summerland, California, in 1969 Approximate number of gallons of oil that spilled from the Exxon Valdez 11 million off the coast of Alaska in 1989 Approximate height of a deepwater drilling rig 300 feet Approximate width of a deepwater drilling rig 300 feet Length of each section of rig assembled at one time 40 feet Diameter of a deepwater oil drill 18 inches Approximate maintenance cost per day of a deepwater drilling rig $1 million Approximate weight of a deepwater drilling rig 30,000 tons Deepwater Oil Drilling Number of employee living quarters that can be found on a deepwater 175 drilling rig Length of a daily shift on a deepwater drilling rig 12 hours In 2009, percentage of all oil produced in the Gulf of Mexico that came 80% from deepwater sites Percentage of global oil production that comes from deepwater rigs 10% Approximate percentage by which drilling in deep waters is expected to 70% increase by 2015 Modern Language Association (MLA) Citation: "By the Numbers: Deepwater Oil Drilling." Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 2 Aug. 2010. Web. 20 Sept. 2010. <http://www.2facts.com/article/in151501>.
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