UK Deepwater Drilling – implications of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

On the 20th April an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig – operated by Transocean in the Gulf of Mexico, under contract to BP – led to the deaths of eleven workers and an oil leak at an unprecedented depth. The full extent of the environmental impact and the effect on communities is not yet known.



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