The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010, which took place 41 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast, resulted in an unprecedented discharge of oil in U.S. waters. An estimated 171 million gallons (4.1 million barrels) of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico over 84 days, and a substantial portion remained, in some form, in the Gulf. The spill resulted in the oiling of more than 1,100 miles of shoreline and, among other things, caused significant short- and long-term damage to fish and wildlife species.
Date of Report: July 14, 2015
Order Number: IF10255
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