Massive Oil Spill In Gulf Of Mexico

2010

A drilling rig leased by British Petroleum catches fire and sinks off the Louisiana coast in April, killing 11 people. A massive spill develops when a joint government and industry effort is unable to plug the underwater well for 86 days. Oil slicks cover thousands of square miles of ocean and coastal areas. Five million barrels of oil gushed from the well before it was capped, causing the worst accidental ocean spill in history.