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Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Protected Areas at Risk

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, 2010 when an explosion occurred on the offshore drilling rig leased by BP. The rate and amount of oil leaking from the resulting sea floor oil gusher is still being determined, but may be in excess of 95,000 barrels per day -- 2% of US daily crude oil production . The Gulf region is a biologically, culturally, and economically important area. This oil spill will have a devastating effect on coastal communities, wildlife, and delicate ecosystems in the Gulf and along the coast.

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