LSU oil expert: This oil rig explosion 'nothing close' to BP spill

LSU oil expert: This oil rig explosion 'nothing close' to BP spill

POSTED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 7:34pm

If there's any good news to today's rig fire, it's that no one is expecting a repeat of the 2010 BP spill.

An oil expert at LSU told NBC33 that the type of oil in this incident is different that it oil associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010.

This oil is lighter, is expected to evaporate naturally and is expected to be gone after a few days.

Dr. Ed Overton, with LSU's School of Coast and Environmental Science, said that this incident is also much easier to deal with because we know how much oil crews are dealing with; the oil in this incident came from onboard the rig, which means officials already know the highest amount of oil that can spill into the gulf.

“This was fuel contained in a pipeline that was on the rig - the Deepwater Horizon was a reservoir, flowing into the gulf. This is nothing like that,” stated Overton. “It was a limited and finite amount, so it's nothing close to the Deepwater incident.”

The Coast Guard says at the very most, 75 gallons of oil could of spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

Early reports show a sheen about a half mile by 200 yards wide.
  

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