Oil Spill: A Year On From Macondo – Some Telling Figures

Rig Writer

  • 5,000,000 barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico over 86 days
  • 7,000,000 litres of chemical dispersant pumped into the spill area to dissipate the resultant morass
  • 11 men who lost their lives in the April 20th explosion
  • 6,000,000 dollars expended by BP per day to try and contain the oil gusher
  • 3,790,000,000 dollars paid out in compensation by BP to
  • 175,000 people and businesses in the region
  • 40,000,000,000 dollars BP is seeking in damages from partners Transocean
  • 250,000 dollars paid to each Transocean executives after 2010 was hailed "best year in safety performance"
  • 19,000,000,000 dollars BP will likely have to pay in US EPA "per barrel fines" at between
  • 1300 and 4300 dollars a barrel
  • 691,000,000 dollars of losses in leisure spending projected by Louisiana Tourist Board through 2013
  • 8,000 birds killed as a direct result of oil contamination
  • 69 per cent of Americans who favour more offshore drilling post-Macondo
  • 1 confused journalist

by Tim Haidar

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