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Gulf of Mexico - 11 Years After Deepwater Horizon, Safety Efforts Continue

On 20 April 2010, a kick and blowout in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a series of explosions that killed 11 people and started an environmental disaster. Now, 11 years later, government and industry continue the drive to improve safety.

On 20 April 2010, a kick and blowout in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a series of explosions that killed 11 people and started an environmental disaster. Now, 11 years later, government and industry continue the drive to improve safety.

The disaster at Macondo Prospect resulted in the largest environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico; the US government estimates that 4.9 million bbl of oil spilled into the Gulf. Investigations after the disaster led to several safety initiatives from the industry and the identification of areas of improvement by government.

Deepwater Horizon Reunion


US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland called the anniversary of the Macondo disaster “a time to remember the 11 men who lost their lives; honor those who worked to contain the spill; recognize the devastating impact the incident had on Gulf Coast communities, local economies, and wildlife; and recommit ourselves to strengthening safety and environmental protections for offshore energy operations.”

To commemorate the date, the BBC has gathered some of those who were closest to the epicenter—those who worked on the rig or who worked so hard to staunch the flood of oil and clean up the disaster afterward—for an online program. The program includes

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