While they aren’t sure, it is estimated that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be leaking as much as 25,000 barrels of oil a day, which means that there would have been as much as 425,000 sent into the gulf at this point. By contrast, the Exxon Valdez incident resulted in 257,000 barrels of oil being released into the ocean. However, it was initially estimated that Deepwater was only losing 5,000 barrels a day, which means there could be as little as 85,000 gallons of oil in the gulf, although this is unlikely. Despite the stark gap in possiblities, it is still highly likely that the Deepwater Horizon spill is worse than the Exxon Valdez.
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