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Gulf Oil Spill

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Updated 2010-06-02 19:19
| Summary
The basic facts about the BP oil spill in April 2010.

 

| Background
Question Answer
LocationGulf of Mexico (near Mississippi River Delta)
DateApril 20, 2010
Causeblowout of a wellhead
Casualties11 dead (17 injured)
Owner of rigTransocean Ltd.
Rig leased byBP
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| Attempted fixes
Question Answer
1st fix attempt280,000 lb container (over well leaks and pipe)
2nd fix attemptpumping fluids into the blowout preventer (top kill)
3rd fix attemptLMRP Cap Containment System
rank compared to other oil spillslargest in US history
2nd largest oil spillExxon Valdez oil spill
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| Environmental Impact
As of May 30, 2010

 

Question Answer
number of dead birds491
number of dead sea turtles227
number of dead dolphins27
Volumeup to 100,000 barrels (4,200,000 US gallons) per day
Area2,500 to 9,100 sq mi (as of June 2, 2010)
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