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Deepwater Oil Spill

2010

“An explosion on a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, which was drilling in underwater depths of more than one mile, kills eleven people and causes the largest oil spill in U.S. history, estimated at nearly five million barrels. U.S. officials struggle to contain the spill, which lasts nearly three months, and the disaster causes an estimated $17.2 billion in damage to beaches, wildlife, fisheries, and tourism. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama pressures BP into establishing a $20 billion fund to pay for damages and cleanup. It also places a six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling and creates a commission to study the spill. Following the commission’s recommendations, the administration imposes new regulations on drilling, though many of these are later removed under the Donald J. Trump administration.” Council on Foreign Relations

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