If it were to remain uncapped how long would the oil spill have lasted?



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    Assuming you refer to the BP spill in summer 2010, there is no way of knowing this answer. Some wells have very high initial production that declines very rapidly to much less, or even zero; others can sustain relatively high rates for variable amounts of time, from months to decades. The highest-rated platform in the Gulf, Thunder Horse, began production in 2008, reached an apparent peak in 2009, and is now declining, but there is no way to apply that as a model to any other well; there are far too many variables.

    So the answer is anywhere from a few more months to a few decades.

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