3.7 million gallons of oil to pour into Gulf of Mexico?

The BBC reports:

Rear Adm Mary Landry, who is in charge of the government clean-up effort, said work on sealing the leaks using several robotic submersibles could take months.

About 1,000 barrels (42,000 gallons) of oil a day are gushing into the sea.

That’s 1.26 million gallons of oil per month.

If stopping the leak takes three months, the Gulf of Mexico would be flooded with nearly FOUR MILLION GALLONS of oil!

Again, I ask why wasn’t the oil extraction industry required to keep a rapidly deployable giant dome available to cap and siphon up such a leak?

Posted by James on Wednesday, April 28, 2010