8 Years Ago, Deepwater Horizon Oil Platform Exploded In The Gulf Of Mexico


Friday marks eight years since the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.... causing what would become the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Eleven people were killed in the accident and as much as 207 million gallons of oil leaked into the water before the line was capped in July.

At its peak, approximately 3.5 million feet of containment boom was deployed.

The underwater geyser of oil and gas lasted 87 days as remotely operated vehicles tried several methods to stop the flow. 

A "top-kill" effort in August finally halted the spill. Shortly following the capping of the wellhead, breaking news of the spill's events stopped as the national attention moved onto other headlines.

Tar balls washed up on the coastlines from Texas to Florida.


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