The April 20 explosion and fire on the BP-licensed Transocean drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and injured about 17. The oil rig sank 5,000 feet below the water's surface. Oil continues to spew from the wellhead. What has happened since the event:
SOURCES: The Washington Post, Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, news services | Kathryn Tolbert and Cristina Rivero/The Washington Post - July 13, 2010
The Valdez's unheeded lessons Article | The story of the last cataclysmic American oil spill has evolved over time into a straightforward tale of cause and effect: In 1989, a hard-drinking skipper ran his tanker aground in Alaska, and Exxon was unable to prevent crude from spreading along hundreds of miles of pristine shoreline.