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Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater, dynamically positioned, semi-submersible offshore oil drilling rig owned by Transocean. Built in 2001 in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the rig was commissioned by R&B Falcon, which later became part of Transocean, registered in Majuro, Marshall Islands, and leased to BP plc until 2013. In September 2009, the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history at a vertical depth of 35,050 ft (10,683 m) and measured depth of 35,055 ft (10,685 m in the Tiber field at Keathley Canyon block 102, approximately 250 miles (400 km) southeast of Houston, in 4,132 feet (1,259 m) of water. On 20 April 2010, while drilling at the Macondo Prospect, an explosion on the rig caused by a blowout killed 11 crewmen and ignited a fireball visible from 35 miles (56 km) away. The resulting fire could not be extinguished and, on 22 April 2010, Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the sea floor and causing the largest offshore oil spill in United States history.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer Shear Ram Blades Worked

Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer Shear Ram Blades Worked BOP closed but failed to stop oil flow by Tom Fowler Blind shear rams on the Deepwater Horizon’s blowout preventer successfully closed when the drilling rig disconnected from the well, but the … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Entirely Preventable Disaster

Entirely Preventable Disaster Oil-spill investigators: ‘This was an entirely preven table disaster’ By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY WASHINGTON — BP failed to keep a close watch on work done by the cement contractor at its doomed Macondo oil well, even though … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Deepwater Horizon Wreckage

Deepwater Horizon Wreckage US Sues BP for Letting Oil Rig Sit in Gulf  NEW ORLEANS (CN) – The United States sued BP and other operators of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig for Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act violations, … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon Security zone placed around Deepwater Horizon site The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The federal government has set up a security zone around the wreckage site of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which lies on the sea floor … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog BP Spill

BP Spill Criticized Shell attacks BP over oil well safety, as US lifts ban on Gulf of Mexico drilling By Rowena Mason, Energy Correspondent Peter Voser, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, has strongly criticised BP’s well design and internal … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Transocean Deepwater Horizon

Transocean Deepwater Horizon St. Joe files oil spill damage suit The St. Joe Co. has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded last spring in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the largest oil spill … Continue reading

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