Unified Command gives actual dates for last dispersant use

It took them a few days – and a certain working of the phone lines by us – but Unified Command’s press shop finally came up with its officials dates on dispersant use in the Gulf.

A Coast Guard staffer at Unified Command gave us these dates:

  • the last application of sub-sea dispersant was July 15 – 8,391 gallons
  • the last application of surface & aerial dispersant was July 19 – 200 gallons applied aerially

That leaves the official tally of dispersant dumped into and on the Gulf at  approx. 1.84 million gallons — 1,070,000 on surface and 771,000 sub-sea.

As long as the well stays capped, BP may likely not apply more dispersants. But who knows.

Everyone who cares should be watching the daily numbers – this is probably how we’ll learn if and when they start using dispersants again.

The controversy about dispersants hasn’t died down, however. Recent perspectives on the dispersants are here, herehere, here and here.

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