Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion occurred about 40 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast. It is considered to be the largest accidental marine oil spill in the world and the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The explosion killed 11 workers and injured 16 others. It caused the Deepwater Horizon [...]

On November 15th the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the award of more than $370 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 25 projects in five Gulf states, including four critical projects in Florida. In 1984, Congress created NFWF and it has become one of the largest conservation grant-makers in the world. [...]

Two recently published studies raised concerns that the damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is even greater than first thought. One study found that the oil spill analysis contamination was greater than reported and the second that the spill damaged sea floor life for miles. Paul Sammarco of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium [...]