|One of the 44 spills|
In its rampage through Louisiana, Hurricane Katrina caused some 44 currently known oil spills that dumped more than 7.2 million gallons of oil onto land and into water, primarily the Mississippi River, according to reports from the US Coast Guard.
That amount is equivalent to approximately 65% of the spill from the Exxon Valdez.
Of the 7.2 million gallons, some 2 million gallons have been recovered, and approximately 3.4 million gallons are contained.
Because the spills are dispersed over 44 sites (5 major, 4 medium and 35 minor) clean-up is going to be a slow process.
|Major and Medium Oil Spills Resulting from Katrina|
|Bass Enterprises||Cox Bay, La||3,780,000|
|Shell||Pilot Town, La.||1,051,000|
|Murphy Oil||Meraux, La.||819,000|
|Bass Enterprises||Point a la Hache, La.||461,000|
|Chevron||Port Fourchon, La.||53,000|
|Venice Energy Services||Venice, La.||25,000|
|Sundown Energy||West Potash, La.||13,000|
Separately, as of today 56% of Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil production is still shut-in. Cumulative shut-in production since August 26 is 22,215,726 barrels, equivalent to 4.058% of the yearly production of oil in the GOM (approximately 547.5 million barrels). (MMS)