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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010)

Lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon: Apparently, none

Lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon: Apparently, none

In 2010, a blowout on an offshore drilling rig working off the coast of Louisiana caused one of the worst environmental disasters in modern history. Eleven platform workers were killed in the initial explosion, and 5 million barrels of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico, the worst petroleum spill ever in U.S. waters. Huge numbers of native flora and fauna down to the zooplankton were killed, valued coastal habitat destroyed and shoreline turned into a blackened mess. Cleanup efforts took years. Investigators discovered all kinds of violations by those involved from defective cement in the well to inadequate safety systems and a pattern of negligence. Rig owner BP, operator Transocean...

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