BP Gulf Oil Disaster


On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers died on the rig while five million barrels of crude oil gushed from the well before it was finally capped a full three months later. It is the largest oil spill in U.S. history and the second largest in world history (only Saddam Hussein's intentional release and burning of Kuwaiti oil ranks higher). The environmental, economic, social, and political consequences are only beginning to be known.

The Energy Program is committed to exposing the true cost of offshore drilling. With our partners, we are working to accelerate the transition to renewable energy while holding oil companies accountable for their negligence and environmental abuses, the consequences of which have been devastating not only to communities in the Gulf of Mexico but around the world, from the United States to Nigeria, Angola, and beyond.



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