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20 Apr 2015

Virginian-Pilot (USA)

Deepwater Horizon, five years later

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An offshore oil rig - the Deepwater Horizon, leased by BP - exploded on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana…The rig was on fire. Oil was leaking from the well on the seabed 5,000 feet below. Two days later, the rig itself collapsed. Eleven people were confirmed dead; 17 were injured…BP said the well was spewing about 1,000 barrels of crude into the gulf. The U.S. government now says it was closer to 60,000 barrels. Each and every day…Oil spilled through the summer. It wasn't until Sept. 19, 2010, that the well was finally sealed…Five years later, BP's liability remains a question for the courts, where the multinational is fighting to lower the amount it will be forced to pay out to the businesses and families destroyed by its spill…Five years after Deepwater Horizon, only one thing is clear: Another disaster will happen. Perhaps it won't be quite as devastating. Perhaps it will be worse.

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