Deepwater Horizon - Oil Surges into the Gulf

Oil from the Macondo Well, where the crew of Deepwater Horizon was working at the time of its explosion on 20 April 2010, surges into the Gulf of Mexico after the rig sank on April 22, 2010.

The failure of Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer meant that the system in place to keep oil from surging into the Gulf—in the event of an accident at the well—performed as though it did not exist at all.

When the accident occurred and the rig sank, nothing was in place to contain the oil.

This animation / interactive guide, from the BBC, depicts the process of failure (including the location of the line leak through which the oil-under-pressure could surge, unhindered, into the Gulf of Mexico).

The final report, from the government, estimates that more than 4 million barrels of oil escaped into the Gulf. The actual amount of discharged oil, and its current location, is still highly disputed.

Media Credits

Screenshot from video monitoring leaking oil at the Macondo Well Site in the Gulf of Mexico. Online via BP (British Petroleum).


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