BP Oil Spill: 1,000 Days Later
January 14, 2013 | Posted by Chandler Clay in Birds, BP Oil Disaster, Clean Water Act, Congress, Economics, Federal Policy, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, Hurricane Isaac, Latest News, Restoration Projects, Seafood

It's been exactly 1,000 days since the BP-operated oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, gushing millions of barrels of crude oil into a body of water that supports countless ecosystems and economies.

Below is a timeline of major events that have occurred in the last 1,000 days.

Tell BP to stop stalling, take responsibility, and pay the maximum Clean Water Act fines for which they are liable — now!


– Restorethegulf.org, "First oiled bird is recovered."
– Restorethegulf.org, "NOAA Expands Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico."
The New York Times, "Effects of Spill Spread as Tar Balls Are Found."
TIME, "100 Days of the BP Spill: A Timeline."
– The White House, "Executive Order 13554–Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force."
Bloomberg, "BP Oil Still Ashore One Year After End of Gulf Spill."
– PNAS, "Impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on a deep-water coral community in the Gulf of Mexico."
– University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, "Study confirms oil from Deepwater Horizon disaster entered food chain in the Gulf of Mexico."
The Times-Picayune, "About 565,000 pounds of oiled material from Deepwater Horizon stirred up by Hurricane Isaac."
The New York Times, "BP Will Plead Guilty and Pay Over $4 Billion."
– Georgia Tech Biology, "Gulf of Mexico Clean-Up Makes 2010 Spill 52-Times More Toxic."
– University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, "UMiami scientists partner with NOAA, Stanford and U of N Texas to study post spill fish toxicology."
– NOAA Fisheries Service, "2010-2013 Cetacean Unusual Mortality Event in Northern Gulf of Mexico."
The Times-Picayune, "Transocean to pay $1.4 billion to settle pollution, safety violations in Gulf oil spill."

4 Responses to BP Oil Spill: 1,000 Days Later

  1. Bill Russell says:

    Oil spill ARE going to happen. We must not allow oil drilling in places in which ecological damage can occur. We are the guardians of Mother Earth. Greed too often wins over common sense. Political leaders are accepting bribes by these greedy people, who only care about short term profits. This Earth, our only home, is being rapidly destroyed by greedy people who claim to be good religious people.


  2. Thelma Hendricks says:

    Humans just don't get it!

  3. Robert B says:

    Nice overview, but you made an error. BP has spent well over $40 billion, that is a 4 with 10 zeros not with 9 zeros, which is “just” $4 billion.

  4. Elizabeth Skree says:

    Robert: To clarify, the $4 billion mentioned in the infographic is the amount of criminal fines BP has agreed to pay. It does not include cleanup costs, private plaintiffs settlement, civil fines (still to be determined) or other charges.

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