Oil rigs: when will they be closed?

On Sunday, the BP well that fed the largest offshore oil spill in America's history was officially pronounced "dead," with no chance of further leaks.

While we are happy to report that a single drop will never again leak from this well, we find it appropriate to break down the Gulf oil spill by the numbers (as reported by the Los Angeles Times).

205.8 million gallons of oil spilled.
33.6 million gallons of oil recovered by BP ships.
10.35 million feet of booms deployed.
11.14 million gallons of oil removed in controlled burns.
1.84 million gallons of chemical dispersants used.
11 oil rig workers killed.
5,939 dead birds collected.
584 dead sea turtles collected.
92 dead dolphins collected.
2 dead whales collected.
966 miles of shoreline hit by oil at peak.
88,522 peak area of federal waters, in square miles, closed to fishing.

The well may be capped... but the work is far from over.

Source: Surfrider Foundation

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