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Depths of the disaster
The Gulf Coast oil disaster is made up of many facets: the lives, the numbers, the science, the economy, the wildlife and more. The worst U.S. spill began April 20, and the consequences could last decades. Explore some of the threads of this unfolding story.
HERE'S HOW MUCH OIL
HAS FLOWED INTO
THE GULF OF MEXICO:
154 days after the disaster began, officials declared the leak sealed September 19.
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Based on Aug. 2 government estimate of 4.9 million barrels with +/-10% uncertainty
Potential loss to Gulf Coast travel economy over three years
Wildlife: How many birds, turtles and mammals died?
The cost to BP of responding to the Gulf oil disaster is a fraction of the company's annual profits.
Policy and politics of oil in America
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of the Deepwater Horizon
was not without warning.