BP Deepwater Disaster and Gulf Oil Spill

Feature story - May 12, 2010
The Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a disaster unfolding before our eyes. Eleven lives were lost in the initial explosion, and that incalculable loss is compounded daily as oil continues to flow.

Debris and oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform float in the Gulf of Mexico after the rig sank April 22, 2010. The mobile offshore drilling platform was engulfed in flames after an explosion April 20.

On April 20th, 2010, the failure of United States' energy policy once again was demonstrated in the Gulf of Mexico. An explosion engulfed the Deepwater Horizon exploratory drilling platform, leased and operated by BP, and led to its collapse and sinking days later. The wellhead 5,000 feet below the surface of the ocean was ruptured and remains so. Remotely-operated robot submarines failed to shut emergency valves to stop the flow of oil. The leaking well is now spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf, which will eventually reach the shores, bayous and marshes of the Gulf Coast. This is a human, economic and environmental tragedy.

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