Ten years after the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the most important oil spill in US historical past, coastal communities and ecosystems are nonetheless grappling with its results. Explosions on the drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana on April 20th, 2010, launched an astonishing 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over virtually three months. The muck washed up onto greater than 1,300 miles of shoreline spanning from Texas to Florida. Eleven folks misplaced their lives on the rig. Tens of thousands of birds, sea turtles, marine mammals, and fish died within the aftermath.
The disaster started earlier than The Verge was based in 2011, however scientists are nonetheless discovering the extent of the harm performed. The poisonous extent of the spill may have been 30 p.c bigger than beforehand thought due to “invisible oil” that satellites couldn’t detect, a February 2020 examine discovered. As local weather change pushes tides increased onto low-lying shorelines, the BP spill eroded land on Louisiana’s already jeopardized coast, a 2016 examine revealed.
BP’s culpability within the disaster has additionally unfolded over time. The oil large was discovered responsible of “gross negligence” resulting in the catastrophic spill. Because of this, it has needed to pay $65 billion in claims and clean-up prices.
See our protection of the Deepwater Horizon fallout right here.