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  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Overview Presentation

    1. 1. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
    2. 2. Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit drilling an exploratory well at awater depth of approximately 1,500 m about 66 km off the Louisiana coast.
    3. 3. Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit drilling an exploratory well at awater depth of approximately 1,500 m about 66 km off the Louisiana coast.Methane gas from the well, under high pressure, shot all the way up and outof the drill column, ignited and exploded.
    4. 4. Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit drilling an exploratory well at awater depth of approximately 1,500 m about 66 km off the Louisiana coast.Methane gas from the well, under high pressure, shot all the way up and outof the drill column, ignited and exploded.Eleven workers were never found despite a three-day Coast Guard searchoperation Efforts by multiple ships to douse the flames were unsuccessful.
    5. 5. After burning for approximately 36 hours, the Deepwater Horizon sank.
    6. 6. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry announced that a damaged wellheadwas leaking.
    7. 7. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry announced that a damaged wellheadwas leaking.She stated that "the leak was a new discovery but could have begun whenthe offshore platform sank ... two days after the initial explosion."
    8. 8. The oil spill covered 1,500 square km and was only 50 km from theecologically sensitive Chandeleur Islands.
    9. 9. The oil spill covered 1,500 square km and was only 50 km from theecologically sensitive Chandeleur Islands.The oils spread was initially increased by strong southerly winds caused byan impending cold front.
    10. 10. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated that the leakwas likely 5,000 barrels a day, five times larger than initially estimated by BP.
    11. 11. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other scientistsmonitoring the spill stated that oil had reached the Loop Current, which flowsclockwise around the Gulf of Mexico towards Florida and then joins the GulfStream along the U.S. east coast.
    12. 12. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other scientistsmonitoring the spill stated that oil had reached the Loop Current, which flowsclockwise around the Gulf of Mexico towards Florida and then joins the GulfStream along the U.S. east coast.Oil washes ashore on mainland Louisiana.
    13. 13. Flow Rate Technical Group says the leak could be 20,000 to 40,000 barrels ofoil a day.
    14. 14. The wellhead was capped on July 15 and by July 30 the oil appeared to havedissipated more rapidly than expected.

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