Gulf of Mexico oil spill

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The Gulf of Mexico oil spill was an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which flowed for three month, making it the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

The oil spill inflicted great damages to marine and wildlife habitats as well as the Gulf's fishing and tourism industries. 



What lesson can be learned from US largest environmental disaster

One lesson to be learned from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest environmental disaster in U. S. history, is that governments must lead in responding to large-scale catastrophes.

BP's latest attempt to plug the gushing well with the so-called "top kill" method failed again on May 29. The gushing well has so far spewed about 18 million to 40 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.[Full story]

Latest updates


BP's leaking Macondo oil well permanently killed

British oil giant BP had permanently "killed" the leaking Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. spill commander said on Sunday.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is tasked to oversee the spill response, said on Sunday the months-long underwater gusher "is effectively dead" and "poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico." [Full story]

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