July 28th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

100 days of the BP oil disaster: By the numbers

It's been 100 days since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Louisiana coast, resulting in an oil spill that has become the nation's worst environmental disaster. Here's how the numbers stack up so far.


  • BP has spent more than $4 billion on response
  • $256 million paid to claimants
  • 82,567 payments have been made to claimants
  • Amount spent does not include the $20 billion escrow fund for claims, the $100 million going to the unemployed rig workers’ fund, or the $500 million establishing the Gulf Coast Research Institute


  • An estimated 3 to 5.2 million barrels discharged into the Gulf
  • 827,046 barrels collected or flared
  • 265,450 barrels flared in controlled surface burns
  • 825,525 barrels of oily liquid skimmed
  • 1,072,514 gallons of dispersants used


  • 24,800 people
  • 4,300 vessels
  • 800 skimmers
  • 114 aircraft
  • 3.41 million feet of boom deployed

CNN.com interactive of the oil disaster

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

    read how BP has had the opportunity and the right tool to STOP nearly ENTIRELY the oil spill from the EARLY DAYS of May!!!!!!!!!!!
    ask other oilmen experts for an advice and they will confirm this TRUTH
    has been BP deliberately KILLED from its inside???
    as you can read in my iReport (linked below) BP has had a tool to easily, quickly and cheaply STOP the oil spill from the EARLY DAYS of May:
    but they haven't used it, leaving this giant disaster to happen for TWO MORE MONTHS !!!
    so, "could" have "someone" inside BP deliberately done that to see the company's value to FALL very much and very quickly, to take over the company or sell it to another company for a few cents price???
    will, the Press, investigate on this hypothesis???

    July 28, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      spammer named BreakingNewsBlog whose blog features:

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      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)
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      Someone who doesn't know how to skip lines and puts idiotic periods (CHECK)

      you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

      And we all know you are a joke::
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      For the record I'm not defending BP. I just think BreakingNews is an idiot. So does everyone else.

      Early message for Breaking News:

      hey breaking news, you're a fool.

      1) I don't work for BP.
      2) I do not own BP stock or stock options
      3) I believe BP is fully at fault.

      You can continue to call me qwerasdf-BP guy all you want because no one even believes you. I already told you I'm NOT defending BP and I don't condone their mistakes. I believe BP needs to take full responsibility. To answer your stupid question, I do not use Photoshop "for my job." However, as a photographer, I do occasionally use Photoshop, but not for the purpose of photographic alterations.

      Why don't you stop posting your 5-year old ideas and learn to speak real science and throw out real facts. You're as bad as the 9/11 conspiracy theorists.

      July 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      hi Tony qwerasdf, still here? ... 🙂

      July 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BreakingNewsBlog.us

    Mommie!!!! help me ............i'm doing it again

    July 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      hi Tony... 🙂

      July 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. marcamp

    here we go again...the news media is already "touting" how we're recovering......nothing to tarnish the images of the administration and bp....

    July 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |