Date April 2010
Location: Gulf of Mexico, USA The Deepwater Horizon disaster is without a doubt the most high-profile spill of recent times. It did not involve a tanker, but an explosion on an oil rig after high-pressure methane gas expanded into the drilling unit and ignited. Most of the workers on the rig escaped, but 11 bodies were never found and the effect on the environment around the site was tremendous. There were multiple efforts to douse the flames burning on the rig, all of which failed and the Deepwater Horizon eventually sank after burning for 36 straight hours. At first it was believed that there was no oil leak, but two days after the explosion, a large oil slick began to spread at the rig site. In the end, an estimated 210 million gallons of oil spilled into the ocean and affected the coastlines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.