BP Oil Spill Timeline - Ongoing Disaster
Updated June 25, 2010
Despite the involvement of thousands of volunteers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and BP clean-up crews, the threat to human, animal, and sea life posed by the ugly shimmer of crude oil from the BP oil spill remains. Here’s a sad timeline of the environmental horror that gets worse each day.
April 20 - BP oil drilling platform, Deepwater Horizon, explodes critically injuring seven. Eleven workers are missing and soon presumed dead.
April 23 - U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry makes a statement that a wellhead oil leak seems to have been averted in the BP oil spill.
April 24 - U.S. Coast Guard announces that the BP well head is leaking about 42,000 gallons (1,000 barrels) of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico.
April 25 - High wind and choppy water prevent the Coast Guard and clean up crews from getting to the BP oil spill site.
- BP oil spill now covers about 600 square miles of Gulf water surface
April 27 - (ROVs) discover three oil leaks but are unable to stop oil from continuing to escape.
April 28 - Estimate of BP oil spill is increased to about 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels)
April 29 - BP oil slick reaches the Mississippi Delta. LA Governor Bobby Jindal declares a state of emergency.
April 30 - Obama kills plans for new offshore drilling pending BP oil spill investigation results.
- Stench from BP oil spill blankets New Orleans and large parts of Louisiana coast.
May 1 - Estimates of BP oil spill ratcheted up to 1,050,000 gallons (25,000 barrels)
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicates that the BP oil spill will affect 20 National Wildlife Refuges.
May 2 - President Obama announces that BP is responsible for all costs associated with oil spill.
May 3 - NOAA states BP oil slick is moving toward Alabama and Florida coasts and Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands.
May 4 - Senior BP officials admit to Congress oil spill could be as high as 2,520,000 gallons (60,000 barrels) a day.
- Reports surface that BP twice decided against additional safety precautions because of cost.
May 5 - BP ROV plugs one of three oil leaks.
May 6 - BP oil spill reaches Gulf Wildlife Refuges as BP attempts to lower containment dome.
May 11 - Reports suggest the BP oil spill disaster correlates to the Ixtoc oil spill in 1979 which took 9 months to stop.
May 12 - Oil spill still moving towards shorelines. Many sea animals reported dead.
May 14- Accuracy of oil spill flow challenged. Believed to be more than 5000 barrels per day.
May 17 - Latest BP attempt at stopping oil spill somewhat working. Attempt involves a remotely operated submersible vehicle (ROV) to which a mile-long tube is attached. The tube is snaking into the broken well pipe and diverting the oil to a tanker floating on the water’s surface.
May 18 - Florida Keys reefs facing increased threat of destruction from BP oil spill.
May 21 - BP oil spill announced to be much worse than Exxon Valdez disaster.
May 29 - EPA directs BP to search for eco-friendly oil dispersants.
June 11- Gulf coast locals petition Obama to lift oil drilling moratorium.
June 14 - Obama pressures BP on oil spill clean-up financial responsibility.
June 15 - BP oil spill containment operations interrupted when lightning struck Discoverer Enterprise, a ship siphoning about 630,000 gallons of oil daily from the BP well. Fire quickly extinguished with no injuries.
June 18 - BP CEO Hayward pulls “Sgt. Schultzisms” - “There are no suggestions I have seen so far that anyone put cost ahead of safety.”
June 24 - New Orleans Federal Judge Martin Feldman turns down Obama Administration’s request for continuation of offshore oil drilling moratorium pending appeals decision, hence allowing offshore oil drilling to continue during moratorium appeal.
June 25 - Reports from Hurricane Center of 70% chance of storm in gulf. May worsen bp oil spill situation.
The situation is really looking grim. Let's hope for some good news soon.
Originally posted on: May 11, 2010