BP’s deep water oil disaster

The US is facing what may be one of its greatest environmental disasters, as a vast plume of oil laps against its Gulf of Mexico shoreline

The US is facing what may be one of its greatest environmental disasters, as a vast plume of oil laps against its Gulf of Mexico shoreline.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform’s sinking on 22 April has raised questions about offshore oil industry regulation and its limits in very deep waters.

Eleven of the free-floating rig’s 126-man crew died in an explosion and fire two days before the sinking. The cause may be connected to cementing of the seafloor wellhead, 1.5 kilometres deep, causing seafloor methane deposits to expand and shoot up the drill pipe to the rig.

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