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10 Facts I Didn’t Know Until the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

15/05/2010

#1  NOAA or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that in 2006 there were approximately 3,858 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

NOAA

approximately 4000 oil & gas platforms exist in the Gulf of Mexico

#2  The world’s deepest oil platform is floating, known as Independence Hub which is a semisubmersible platform in the Gulf of Mexico in a water depth of 2,414 meters (8,000 ft).

#3. Many household products are made from crude oil, such as:

  • plastic gadgets, tools, bags
  • candles
  • clothing (polyester, nylon)
  • hand lotions
  • perfumes
  • dishwashing liquids
  • ink
  • bubble gum
  • car tires
  • ammonia
  • heart valves and so many more!

#4. The 10 animals at most risk due to the oil spill in the Gulf, right now are:

  • the Blue Fin Tuna
  • Sea Turtles
  • Sharks
  • (Mammals) Whales, Porpoises & Dophins
  • Brown Pelicans
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp & Blue Crab
  • Menhaden & Marsh Dwelling Fish
  • Beach Nesting & Migratory Shorebirds
  • Migratory Songbirds
  • and that there are close to 600 species listed as endangered

#5.  The Gulf of Mexico is the 11th largest body of water in the world.  The Gulf basin is approximately 615,000 miles squared or 1.6M kms squared and contains approximately a volume of 642 trillion gallons.

#6.  Especially during the summer months, the Gulf of Mexico suffers from a hypoxia zone (oxygen depletion in the water).  It has to do with the Mississippi sweet waters meeting ocean’s salty h2o.  Seems to me a big oil spill will only make matters worse.

#7. That there are somewhere in the neighbourhood of 650 large sized oil refineries in the world.  The first oil refineries in the world were built by Ignacy Łukasiewicz near Jasło, Austrian Empire (now in Poland) from 1854 to 1856, but they were initially small as there was no real demand for refined fuel. As Łukasiewicz’s kerosene lamp gained popularity, the refining industry grew in the area.

how oil is refined

Oil Refining Diagram

#8.  One of the first products of refined crude oil in the 1800s was kerosene.

#9.  Nearly 1/2 of all the crude oil sucked out of the ground is refined into gasoline.

#10.  The coastal population of the five states of the Gulf of Mexico is projected by the Census Bureau to increase from a total of 44.2 million in 1995 to an estimated 61.4 million in 2025, nearly a 40% increase. Texas and Florida are the most rapidly growing states.

The news is getting grimmer everyday, and oil keeps spilling like the tears of pain, weeping from Mother Nature’s bosom. We are praying for it to stop and for the environment.

The time to change our ways of thinking to shift into clean, green energy is here.  Let’s transition people from oil dependencies and oil jobs into green freedoms & healthy green jobs.

But what do I know?

Peace 🙂

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6 comments

  1. Our society is completely reliant on oil. But we aren’t reliant on it the way a child relies on a parent–we’re reliant in the way an addict needs crack, or cocaine, or meth, or whatever, to feel good.

    Our addiction to oil, while currently necessary in powering our civilization, is slowly killing us as well. I think your post is a great exploration of that fact.


    • thank you. just trying to spread information as best as i can. and you are right. its all an addiction. terrible. peace!


  2. BP vs. the people takes place in New Orleans in Sept., that will tell the tale. Follow the money


  3. That was very useful info, and yes i pray that the oil will stop hurting the aquatic environment.


  4. Great, interesting facts! Thanks for the great post.



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