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Deepwater Horizon Incident

By: Ashley Mooney

This incident involves the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit or (MODU) and also BP. This event happened April 20th, 2010 when the MODU caught fire and exploded. Initial reports are that a blowout occurred when oil and methane gas erupted through the riser pipe connecting the Horizon to the well head, 5,000 feet below surface. Still burning, it sinks into the Gulf of Mexico dragging the damaged riser pipe with it to the bottom.

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The U.S Coastguard gives the ok that there is no such leak coming from the undersea well. On April 24th, the USCG ignores all public statements made the day of the explosion/ sinkage of the MODU and confirms that there is in fact leakage from the undersea well which totals to about 1,000 barrels or 42,000 gallons a day. This event lasted from April 10th, 2010 to September 19th, 2010 when the oil leak was officially proclaimed "dead".

This major event was recorded as the worst oil spill in history.

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(Oil Spill Map)

(Oil Rig on fire)

(Oil spill information)