BP Gulf Oil Spill: 'This is Literally a War We're In' British Petroleum has operations in over 80 countries, produces around 3.8 million barrels of oil per day, and has 22,400 service stations worldwide.
The U.S. uses 400 million gallons of petroleum per day. One barrel of oil cost $85.82.
This is the Deepwater Horizon oil rig right off the Louisiana coast. It is controlled by British Petroleum.
On April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 people, and that explosion caused a leak that resulted in the nation's largest oil spill.
The Coast Guard quickly dove into action to help workers escape from the site of the explosion. They were able to rescue 115 workers.
Deepwater Horizon oil spill threatens all living animals and fisherman in the Gulf.
The spill was the result of poor management by BP, and it destroyed Transocean’s $365 million Deepwater Horizon rig and spewed crude for 87 days. The spill was preventable.
It is impossible to predict what will happen to the oil because of changing weather patterns. .
Air Force C-130 cargo planes spray chemicals to help break up the Gulf Coast oil spill.
Oil can spread quickly in a major spill, spreading out as thin as a layer of paint on a wall in just a few hours. Officials estimate that the oil slick has a circumference of about 600 miles.
As much as 30,000 barrels of oil per day were leaking into the water, threatening wildlife along the Louisiana Coast.
Along the Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida Coast, 253 beaches were closed due to the oil spill.
Tourism dropped off 20% after the first week of the oil spill due to the large amounts of oil rushing to the shore.
. Workers clean up oily globs that wash ashore from the oil spill.
Boats work from the shoreline to 50 miles out at sea with booms, barrels, hoses, and other sorts of skimming equipment to help clean the oil.
Engineered to protect tidal shoreline areas, the SLICKSEAL Shoreline Oil Boom was designed specifically to be used around beaches.
The boom is a flexible, fencelike structure that floats on the water. They reach 3 feet below water surface to hold back oil from reaching the shoreline .
The oil stopped coming out of the well on July 15, after BP placed a second blowout preventer on top of the first one to shut the valves off. .
Water pollution affects plants and organisms living in these bodies of water.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill "devastated" life on and near the seafloor.
Five of the world’s seven threatened species of sea turtles are found in the Gulf of Mexico.
Birds that come into contact with oil can be impacted in many ways, often resulting in their death.
As oil mixes with water, it forms a substance called "mousse" which sticks to feathers and fur.
Baby dolphins, some barely 3 feet in length, are washing up along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines.
BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the reasons why gas prices keep rising!
"2010 will rightly be remembered for the tragic accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico……”
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill! IT’S TIME THE OIL COMPANY’S WERE HELD RESPONSIBLE! Make them pay, not us!