Numbers in the News

Rachel Alexander

4.9 million

Barrels of oil spilled by BP in the Gulf of Mexico from April 20 to July 15, 2010


Number of times you could drive from Seattle to Walla Walla round trip in a Chevrolet Suburban using this oil

$20 billion

Value of the compensation fund set up by BP for Gulf Coast residents


Average compensation payment per claimant

$18.5 million

Value of the compensation package given to BP CEO Tony Hayward, who left the company in October 2010


Number of people who have been paid from the compensation fund


Number of these people who have signed waivers agreeing not to sue BP


Number of lawsuits filed against the administrator of the compensation fund, alleging that claimants were made to sign waivers under false pretenses

Sources: NPR, Reuters, InterPress Service, New York Times, California Department of Energy