On April 20, 2010, a BP offshore oil rig exploded, killing workers on the rig and spilling tens of thousands of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well, located 5,000 feet below the ocean's surface, is now leaking between 5,000 – 60,000
barrels (210, 000 – 2,520,000 gallons) of crude oil into Gulf Coast waters each day, with devastating
consequences for Gulf Coast communities and the fragile wetlands, bayous, and coastal waters on
which they depend. Read more.