In an orgy of chartporn, Inspired Mag has over 50 ways of visualizing BP’s oil spill; Here are a few of them:


The World’s Most Disasterous Oil Spills

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16 Responses to “50 Ways to Depict the Gulf Oil Spill”

  1. PeterR says:

    And if the BP “spill” turns into a FUBAR ocean current toxic whirlwind encircling The Earth, the charts will have to be smeared in red, eclipsing all metrics.

    Have the markets anticipated this?

    NO WAY!

  2. Its a probability — how do you anticipate an event that may or may not happen?

  3. PeterR says:

    With eyes wide open.

    IMO the world is sleep-walking, and the wake-up call will be REAL ugly.

  4. chris says:

    Jeanne Devon writes about a trip she took this year to see what the Exxon Valdez left behind.

    The BP oil gusher may or may not be the end of the world, although that is one scenario, but from Jeanne’s pictures it sure doesn’t bode well for the future of the Gulf coast.

  5. PeterR says:

    PS — Warren Buffett on Hair Triggers:

    “There are more people [like hedge-fund managers] that go to bed at night with a hair trigger than ever before, it’s an electronic herd, they can give vent to decisions that move billions and billions of dollars with the click of a key. We will have some exogenous event, we will have that. There will be some kind of stampede by that herd….

    “When you have far greater sums than ever before, in one asset class after another, that are held by people who operate on a hair-trigger mechanism, then they lend themselves to more explosive outcomes. People with very short time horizons with huge sums of money, they can all try to head for the exits at the same time. The only way you can leave your seat in burning financial markets is to find someone else to take your seat, and that is not always easy….”

    Caveat Emptor.

  6. PeterR says:

    Thanks chris for the link to Ms. Devon’s trip, which did not open as live link but a copy and paste of the URL did the job.

    Not a pretty picture.

  7. Thor says:

    Won’t much of this spill degrade (weather) substantially the longer it is out to sea? Does that have much of an effect on the environmental damage is can cause months from now?

  8. PeterR says:


    Think Giant Zit which may ooze for decades, and possibly forever.

    See chris’s link about the continuing damage in Alaska.


  9. chris says:

    Sorry, Peter. Maybe I shouldn’t have tagged it?
    Anyway, here is the end of the world as we know it scenario.

  10. chris says:

    Try this Walking with the Ghost of Exxon by Jeanne Devon.

  11. I think the biggest spill not recorded on those charts are all the people who spilled the beans

  12. cvienne says:



    Yeah… I’m sure it’ll just “degrade” (weather) the longer it is out to sea?

    Nothing to see here… Move along…

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  14. billmasi says:

    All of these charts are based on 5,000 bbl per day. Simply double that (still a very conservative figure) and the spill in the Gulf becomes the world’s largest.

  15. alaskanriley says:

    All the above graphics don’t really address the most critical issue in this spill. No one knows exactly what’s coming out of that well, and if they do they aren’t telling. The commission meeting in NOLA this week must understand how important it is that the nation find out what has been done to our resource. BP has economic and legal reasons to withhold the actual spill amounts, but I think they are only extending their legal culpability. This will not bode well for them in the future if it comes out. The Feds may understand the extent of the spill and are holding back as the media firestorm would only confuse the issue. If the plug they are installing today does not pressurize properly they may not be able to pour enough mud and concrete down that relief well as the entire zone around the bore could be fractured and leaking. Then we’re thinking about significant remedies like nuclear options in order to plug the mess. And that’s not even addressing the potential of the methane release to permanently alter our atmosphere, or how Corexit is polluting the farms on shore via evaporation and rainfall…. all in all a spectacular mess and the business with the worst record both environmentally and safety wise (at least here in the colonies – in the Shetlands they are perfect…) has control of the reins. Mr. Magoo to the rescue.

  16. “All of these charts are based on 5,000 bbl per day.”–billmasi, above
    “…A team of U.S. scientists estimate up to 60,000 barrels of oil are leaking each day into the sea, including the oil that BP’s systems collect and burn off.

    Once the new cap is installed, it could capture the rest of the crude pouring from the seabed, Wells said, which would be funneled to vessels on the surface a mile (1.6 km) above.

    The cap switch and the hookup of the Helix Producer are part of BP’s overall effort to set up an upgraded oil-capture system with four vessels that can handle up to 80,000 barrels a day and disconnect and move quickly if a hurricane approaches.

    All oil would gush unchecked in that instance, until the vessels return and reconnect, BP and Allen said…”
    (yes, note “Clusters” on left-hand side of page)
    pics taken on Gulf Coast..