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Deep horizon oil spill Time line
24 Sep 2017
The deep water horizon oil rig explodes after insufficient tests and misread pressure tests
The oil rig sinks to the bottom of the ocean, releasing 8000 barrels of oil per day
The US Coast guards sets fireto spilled oil
Oil starts washing ashore in Louisiana
A giant metal box is dropped onto the leaking well, but it fails to contain the oil spill.
Researchers find that the leak is spilling 70.000 barrels of oil per day
BP tries to fill the well with heavy drilling mud, but it fails to contain the spill
The Deep Water Horizon Oil spill is declared the worst environmental disaster of the USA
BP places a cap on the spill so that it can pipe oil and gas to cleaning ships
BP announces a 17$bn fund for victims of the spill
A new containment system is installed on the well, temporary sealing it.
The costs of the oil spill have risen to $3bn
BP declares the well sealed
The well achieved a static condition after filling the well with cement and heavy drilling mud
The CEO of BP steps down
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