#3: Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill

Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, drilling rig Deepwater Horizon sustained an uncontrollable blowout, spilling 205.8 million gallons of oil and 225,000 tons of methane into the Gulf of Mexico. 11 men were killed aboard the rig. This disaster is commonly known as the BP Oil Spill.

The Deepwater Horizon was a 10-year old semi-submersible, mobile, floating, dynamically positioned drilling rig that could operate in waters up to 10,000’ deep. The rig was leased to BP from 2001-2013 and owned by R&B Falcon. In September 2009, the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history at a vertical depth of 35,050’.

In this week’s podcast, we talk about what caused the BP Oil Spill and the effects on wildlife around the Gulf of Mexico.

Deepwater Horizon Wiki

Special Report: Why the BP Oil Rig Blowout Happened

Blowout

Smithsonian

Center for Biological Diversity