The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also called Gulf of Mexico oil spill, was the largest marine oil spill in history.
Caused by an April 20, 2010, oil rig explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig located in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 41 miles (66 km) off the coast of Louisiana, and its subsequent sinking of the rig on April 22.
The Oil spill came from a huge untapped vent over a mile underwater that the oil rig had been drilling and developing to tap into a vast new oil pocket.
When the pipe exploded crude oil pumped out from the vent in huge quantities leaving authorities and oil company executives working to cleanup the biggest oil disaster in history.
The deepwater oil vent pumped oil into the sea for nearly half a year before rescue teams could find a way to tap and cork the broken vent.
Its been more than 12 years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and now scientists are seeing the long-term impact of the damage. Some say it will be hundreds of years before even the cleanup chemicals will disipate.
Accross the Gulf of Mexico deepwater sediment has a thick layer of crude oil that will pollute the local environment for the forseeable future.
While RESTORE money is being used to at best try to help restore marine life amid the disaster.
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