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Deepwater Horizon

Gulf of Mexico | 2010-Apr-21

Initial Notification: A fire and explosion occurred at approximately 11:00 PM CDT, April 20, 2010 on the Deepwater Horizon, a semisubmersible drilling platform, with more than 120 crew aboard. The Deepwater Horizon is located some 50 miles SE of the Mississippi Delta and contained an estimated 205,000,000 gallons of #2 Fuel Oil or Marine Diesel Fuel. (Related incidents: "Deepwater Horizon -- Florida Commands")

Incident Details
Spill, potential spill, or other:Oil Spill, Potential Oil Spill
Cause of incident:Fire / Explosion
Products of concern:Diesel, crude oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 700000 - 205000000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 28° 44.20′ North
Longitude (approximate): 88° 23.23′ West
On-Water Recovery: Evaluated and applied
Shoreline Cleanup: Evaluated and applied
Dispersants: Evaluated and applied
In-Situ Burn: Evaluated and applied
Bioremediation: Evaluated and applied
Note: Documents are posted chronologically and early reports likely contain factual errors. These errors may be corrected in a later report.