Deepwater Horizon Facts

Deepwater Horizon Facts

The Deepwater Horizon, or the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, is the largest and one of the most influential spills on our industry. Because of this spill, many regulations and improvements to oil spill response efforts were implemented and our industry was changed forever. Below are just a few interesting facts about the Deepwater Horizon spill to help you learn more about this crucial event in our industry.

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Fact #1: More than 200 million gallons of crude oil was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Fact #2: Deepwater Horizon was a 9yr old semi-submersible, mobile floating, dynamically positioned drilling rig that could operate in water up to 10,000’ deep.

Fact #3: At 9:45am high pressure methane gas from the well expanded into the drilling riser and rose into the drilling rig, the rig ignited and exploded

Fact #4: Over 16,000 miles of coastline was affected during the spill. The coastlines of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida were all affected.

Fact #5: 5.5 million feet of oil spill containment boom was deployed to help collect the oil.

Fact #6: Over 8,000 animals were reported dead 6 months after the spill.

Fact #7: Over 30,000 responders worked to clean up the oil spill.


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