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.