Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

April 20, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster cost eleven people their lives and eventually releasing nearly five million barrels of oil into the marine ecosystem.

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"I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest," claimed BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward following last year's Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20.

But in fact, "The spill here in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst environmental disaster in the history of our continent."

Greenpeace has been working with independent scientists from universities around the country to find out what has really happened to the oil, and what the long term impacts will be on this critical, fragile ecosystem.

Greenpeace's ship, the Arctic Sunrise, even spent three months in the Gulf to support independent scientists. Greenpeace's research team has also just procured thirty thousand documents on the spill from the federal government through the Freedom of Information Act and needs your help looking through them. Finally, please check out the newly released footage below and stay tuned with ongoing updates.

The latest updates


How long did the North Dakota oil spill remain undetected?

Blog by Joe Smyth | October 15, 2013

20,600 barrels of crude oil spilled from a six inch pipeline owned and operated by Tesoro Logistics, according to the company, spreading over 7 acres of a North Dakota wheat field until a farmer discovered it on September 29. But … Continue...

Three years after BP’s Gulf oil spill, there is still more to know

Blog by Claudette Juska | April 19, 2013

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And while I wish it was a distant memory, I’ve been thinking about it all too much lately. The recent Exxon tar sands pipeline spill … Continue reading →

Rena 'ghost birds' appear in Auckland

Blog by Steve Abel | December 12, 2011 1 comment

This morning 150 original ‘oil prints’ made with a little blue penguin killed by the Rena disaster appeared along Auckland’s Khyber Pass Road. The prints are accompanied by the message ‘Rena did this. Deep sea oil drilling could be...

President Obama Risks the Arctic and His Voter Base

Blog by Phil Radford | December 6, 2011

Earlier today, President Obama's staff held a hearing on their proposed 5 year oil leasing plan. A plan that would  open up drilling in the Arctic. I was there with Cindy Shogan of Alaska Wilderness League , rallying people to urge...

Greenpeace photographer Daniel Beltra wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

Blog by John Novis | October 21, 2011 3 comments

Today, I have the honour of congratulating Greenpeace photographer Daniel Beltra on becoming the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year . Daniel made his winning picture for Greenpeace, of oil-soaked brown pelicans...

Californians Know Oil and Water Doesn’t Mix

Blog by Jackie Dragon | October 14, 2011

Californians Know Oil and Water Doesn’t Mix California is largely defined by its dramatic coastline and the biologically rich waters that invite large numbers of whales, sea lions and surfers alike. But California’s...

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