Volume 93 Issue 28 | pp. 8-12
Issue Date: July 13, 2015

Cover Story

Reckoning With Oil Spills

Experts learn from Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon to plan for future accidents
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Disaster in Gulf
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, Macondo, Gulf of Mexico, Exxon Valdez, Prince William Sound, Alaska, Arctic

Five years ago this week, engineers capped the leaking Macondo well 1,500 meters below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, effectively ending the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. The Gulf spill started three months earlier, when the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil rig exploded into fire—an accident that killed 11 workers—and then sank into the sea. During the 86 days of the spill, 4.9 million barrels of oil and 200,000 metric tons of . . .

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