Spotlight on History
2010 BP Oil Spill
April 20, 2015, marks the 5th anniversary of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed eleven workers. In the subsequent 87 days, 4.9 million barrels of oil were discharged into the Gulf of Mexico, making this the worst oil spill in the history of the United States. Throughout the month of April, explore LPB's comprehensive coverage of the BP Oil Spill and its impact on Louisianans and the environment.
- Keith Jones, the father of one of the eleven workers killed on the Deepwater Horizon, on his fight to change the Death on the High Seas Act
- The impact of the spill on Vietnamese fishermen in Louisiana
- Shrimper Clarence Duplessis on the uncertainty caused by the spill
- The debate over building sand berms – during and after the spill
- Follow Michael Seymour of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as he monitors oiled birds in Barataria Bay
- Tour the Hammond Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as the workers rehabilitate oiled birds
- Track the oil with the late Dr. Gregory Stone of LSU
- Fisherman Preston Dore on his struggles a year after the spill
- Visit Bay Jimmy two years after the spill
- Crisis on the Coast: The Gulf Oil Spill & Louisiana – from Buras in Plaquemines Parish
- Beyond the Spill: A GulfWatch Special – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida
- Louisiana Coastal Concerns: BP & Beyond
Throughout the month of April, you can also view the award-winning documentary Turning the Tide in its entirety. It examines the causes of coastal erosion in Louisiana, the proposed strategies for coastal restoration, and the competing interests in the region that rely on the coastal zone for survival.
To see all of these videos and more, you can view the entire BP Oil Spill topic here.