Topic: aust govt
It becomes apparent by a combination of Crikey, Unleashed and comment analysis (as per the last two posts reportage here) that we are at 5.88 Million US gallons of oil spilled at West Atlas, north west shelf of Western Australia already.
This figure is arrived at as follows:
2000 barrels a day leakage as per Senate Estimates 21 Oct 2009
x 70 days duration (since 19 August 2009 as reported open source)
x 42 US gallons per barrel (according to Hudson Godfery comment string Unleashed)
Assuming this numeracy is good we are at 5.88 million gallons which is half Exxon Valdez disaster at Prince William Sound Alaska at 10.8 M gallons spill. True it is open sea rather than a coastal bay but there is no guarantee that will remain the case.