The emergence of BP chief executive Tony Hayward as the public face of the oil giant further inflamed public sentiment against the embattled company. On April 20, 2010, the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, operating in the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded and sank resulting in the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon and the largest spill of oil in the history of marine oil drilling operations.

The 3.19 million barrels found by the courts to have leaked during the spill is equal to over 130 million gallons. Approximately, 220 miles were heavily oiled and 140 miles were moderately oiled. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in pictures, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappearance. Effects were, updated in February 2017 using: Ingrid Biedron, Ph.D. and Suzannah Evans. He was replaced in October. The plan talks about protecting walruses, sea otters, seals, and other Arctic wildlife that don't live in the Gulf but contains no information about currents, prevailing winds, or other oceanographic or meteorological conditions.

(A 2014 report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board claimed that the blind shear rams had activated sooner than previously thought and may have actually punctured the pipe.). After stopping the leak, the most optimistic cleanup scenario is that no more than 20 percent of the oil could be recovered. Many of these animals had visible oil on their bodies.

Though the leak had slowed, it was estimated by a government-commissioned panel of scientists that 4,900,000 barrels of oil had already leaked into the gulf. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an industrial disaster that began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect, considered to be the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry and estimated to be 8 percent to 31 percent larger in volume than the previous largest, the Ixtoc I oil spill, also in the Gulf of Mexico. * Teams also collected over 500 live sea turtles, most of which were visibly oiled. Workers contracted by BP cleaning up oil on a beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, May 23, 2010. Updates? The problem we weren't truly prepared for was this: what happens when one breaks?

On April 20, 2010, a British Petroleum (BP) offshore oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers on the rig and spilling tens of thousands of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Efforts in May to place a containment dome over the largest leak in the broken riser were thwarted by the buoyant action of gas hydrates—gas molecules in an ice matrix—formed by the reaction of natural gas and cold water. The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico became front-page news as soon as the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded and caught fire on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and starting the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. Coastal wetlands and more than 400 species of wildlife were affected, with a "dearth of marine life" noted by a NASA physicist in aerial studies for 30 to 50 miles in studies in the three years after the spill. For now, the Deepwater Horizon spill will have to settle for being the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. $159.5 million Civil Penalty Ruling Against Anadarko Petroleum Co. Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Planning, February 17, 2012: $90 million civil settlement with, January 3, 2013: $1 billion civil settlement with, RestoreTheGulf: official federal government site for spill. The accident resulted in the deaths of 11 workers and caused a massive, ongoing oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

During the oil spill, sea turtle rescue efforts documented 574 turtles in this, * During that same period, almost 200 marine mammals were collected; most were, dead. You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. This must stop. Recovery was incremental. BP blamed for “a series of cost-cutting decisions and an insufficient. Booms to corral portions of the slick were deployed, and the contained oil was then siphoned off or burned. Yet BP claimed its plan would enable the company to handle an oil spill of 250,000 barrels a day—far larger than the one it so clearly couldn't handle after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. In 2005, the BP refinery in Texas City exploded, killing 15 workers and injuring 170. Oceana. Deepwater Horizon oil spill, largest marine oil spill in history, caused by an April 20, 2010, explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig—located in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 41 miles (66 km) off the coast of Louisiana—and its subsequent sinking on April 22. It took five months, until September 19, 2010, to declare the well sealed. For a company that is valued at $152.6 billion, that seems a little cold-blooded. Only about 800,000 barrels had been captured. Oil continued to wash ashore in many areas, and much of it could not be removed, either because of logistical reasons—mats of submerged oil and organic matter collected in tidal zones that were difficult to reach—or because cleaning it up would inflict greater harm on the ecosystem. Economic prospects in the Gulf Coast states were dire, as the spill affected many of the industries upon which residents depended. The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico became front-page news as soon as the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded and caught fire on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and starting the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy. Scientists and historians generally agree that the Dust Bowl, created by the drought, erosion and dust storm that swept across the Southern Plains in the 1930s—was the worst and most prolonged environmental disaster in American history. The following year, a BP pipeline in Alaska leaked 200,000 gallons of oil. Greenpeace and our supporters are fighting against the big polluters that pump huge volumes of throwaway plastic into our environment. The volume of oil escaping the damaged well—originally estimated by BP to be about 1,000 barrels per day—was thought by U.S. government officials to have peaked at more than 60,000 barrels per day. 702 H Street, NW, STE 300, Washington, D.C. 20001 | 1-800-722-6995.

In 2011, there were 356 strandings of bottlenose dolphins (compared to a. historical average of 74). In April of 2010, the Deepwater Horizonoil drilling platform ruptured, and then exploded.