Deepwater Hurrizon Oil Leak • BP • Gulf of Mexico

Worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history

A BP Deepwater Hurrizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 22, 10 years ago.
People across the United States were left in panic over the fallout news broadcasts that followed the explosion.
Black smoke filled the Gulf of Mexico sky, and oil belts from oil spills covered the sea 6,500 km2 wide.
BP said 1,000 barrels of crude oil per day would be leaked, but on April 28, 2010, satellite images confirmed that 5,000 barrels per day would be leaked to the sea.
Some experts have suggested that 20,000 to 25,000 barrels a day are realistic.
DeepwaterHurrizon is the worst environmental disaster in the United States, killing 11 people and injuring 17 others.

Deepwater Hurrizon

From 2011 to 2018 after the BP Deepwater Hurrizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists at the University of South Florida collected 2,503 fish from 359 regions of the Gulf and found evidence of oil exposure in all of them.
“We were surprised that among the most polluted species, it was a fast-swimming yellowfin tuna that was not found on the bottom of the ocean where most oil pollution occurs in the Gulf,” said Erin Pulter, a senior researcher at the USF University.
BPDeepwater Hurrizon oil spill is going in the wrong direction for 10 years
Former President Obama tightened safety regulations on offshore oil drilling after a Deepwater Hurrizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
By the end of 2016, the federal government issued an executive order permanently banning oil and gas drilling at about 410,000 km2 of the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean.

Deepwater Hurrizon

But in April 2017, Mr. Trump signed an executive order instructing the Home Office to reexamine former President Obama’s plan to ban offshore drilling.
Marine drilling is inherently dangerous even if there is no leak.
The world does not want large-scale marine drilling.
We want an environment where fish and various kinds of birds can live freely in clean seawater.

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