BP says the cost of the company’s response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has hit above $2.65 billion.
The costs include spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states, claims paid, and federal costs.
BP says it has received more than 80,000 claims and made almost 41,000 payments, totaling more than $128 million.
BP says the figure does not include a $20 billion fund for Gulf damages it created this month.
NASA made this haunting time-lapse video of the oil spill that continues to devastate the Gulf region. The images were put together from their satellites Terra and Aqua. It gives one a fresh perspective on just how large the crisis is.
The two NASA satellites are capturing images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which began April 20, 2010 with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. This short video reveals a space-based view of the burning oil rig and, later, the ensuing oil spill through May 24.
The oil slick appears grayish-beige in the image and changes due to changing weather, currents, and use of oil dispersing chemicals.