Thunderclap: Deepwater Horizon Anniv. 2018

Civic Austin • 18 April 2018
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On April 20, 2010, B.P.’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, caused by a well blowout that killed 11 crewmembers and ignited a massive fireball visible from more than 35 miles away. 2018 marks eight years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster resulted in an oil gusher that flowed for 87 days and  discharged 4.9 million barrels (or 210 million gallons) of oil into Gulf waters. The oil spill directly impacted 68,000 square miles of ocean, roughly comparable to the size of Oklahoma, and affected more than 8,000 Gulf species, including fish, dolphins, sea turtle and birds. More than 8,000 birds, sea turtles and marine mammals were injured or killed within 6 months. And perhaps the scariest part: the long-term damage due to spilled oil and the nearly 2 million gallons of chemical dispersants used to clean it up may not be known for years.

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