Five years later…lessons learned from historic oil spill

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 Americans and set in motion the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Over three million barrels of crude oil flowed into the Gulf over the next 87 days, eventually making it’s way onto the shores of five states. Just like Katrina, which hit less than five years before the spill, the response effort featured assistance from thousands of volutneers and cleanup crews. As work on reform to prevent any similar disaster in the future, and restoration projects continue in the Gulf Coast states, analysts say pollution fines of $4,300 per barrel under the Clean Water Act could mean BP will pay an estimated $13.7 billion dollars in charges, if the court decides to assess the maximum penalty.


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