Deepwater Horizon Spill - Sasha Geo Homework
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Deepwater Horizon Spill 2010
In April 2010, an explosion ripped through the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, located 80 kilometers off the shore of Louisiana.
Two days later, the rig sank. Oil poured out into the sea at the rate of 62,000 barrels per day. Over 160 kilometers of coastline were affected, which had many oyster beds and shrimp farms.
The cost of repair for BP, the company that controlled the oil rig, is estimated to reach $20 billion.
BP successfully attempted to plug the oil leak by using dispersants. BP was ordered to limit its use, since the US government did not want any more damage to be done.
From April to July 2010, around 4.9 million barrels of crude oil spilled out into the sea. That's almost the same amount of oil that Iran produces in a day.
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