Oily Digits

A bit of numerical perspective, via {npr}:

–at least 1,843,786 gallons of dispersants were used to break up the oil.

–1,499 birds have been found dead with oil on them.

–1,699 visibly oiled birds were collected alive.

–At least 594 birds have been rehabilitated and released.

–2,168 baby sea turtles have been relocated from their nests on beaches in the path of the oil spill and released into the Atlantic Ocean.

–Over 600  miles along the Gulf coastline have been impacted by the oil.

And last but not least:

–4.9 million barrels of oil spewed from the BP well before it was capped last month.