Image: Macondo Oil Slick

Deepwater Horizon

April - May 2010 - At approximately 10 p.m. on April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked Transocean's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig resulting in the loss of 11 crew members and the sinking of the rig on April 22. The Macondo well, which the rig had recently completed drilling, was open and flowing an estimated 5,000 bopd into the surrounding waters. BP and the USCG coordinated on efforts to stop the oil flows and contain the resulting spill.

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Macondo Oil Slick
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Image Description and Attributes
Image Description: Deepwater Horizon skimming operations
Keywords: Macondo Oil Slick, Deepwater Horizon, skimming
Type of Image: Image  (Other view more of this type)
Dimensions: 800 pixels wide by 800 pixels tall   (view full size image)
Date Created: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Associated Regional Information
Region: Gulf of Mexico  (view more from this region)
Country: US  (view more from this country)
Articles Associated with this Image/Map:
  - In Situ Burn Conducted on Oil Slick; Spill Volume Revised   [Thursday, April 29, 2010]