About 4.2 million barrels of oil spilled from BP's Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, a lawyer representing the Department of Justice said. The U.S., however, concurred with BP's remarks that 810,000 barrels of crude were collected before the material could leak into the sea. "The question for you, your honor, is not how much oil was collected but how much was not," said lawyer Steven O'Rourke during a trial over the incident.

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