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Gulf Spill Update

In May, we reported to you about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, caused by an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Last Thursday, BP installed a cap to cut off the flow of oil. It appears to be working, but the disaster is far from over. This is a temporary solution and there is still an incredible amount of oil to clean up. Scientists now estimate that 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil were spilled each day. Each barrel equals 42 gallons of oil. At the rate of 50,000 barrels of oil per day, how many gallons of oil were spilled between April 20 (when it started) and July 15?