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The Gulf Oil Spill: Where We Are One Year Later

NEW ORLEANS - One year ago on April 20, an explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 people and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in a spill it took three months to stop.

A year after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, many on the Gulf Coast still feel the economic pain, and hundreds of lawsuits have been filed. But there are signs of a rebound in jobs, the tourism industry and the health of Gulf waters.

The Explosion

On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore oil rig owned by Transocean and leased to BP about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. The massive rig sank two days later and searches for the 11 missing crewmembers were suspended. Attempts to use robotic submersibles to activate the Macondo well's blowout preventer failed, and it took 152 days to cap the well. An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked before the well was permanently plugged on Sept. 19, 2010.

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