Oil Spill Ecosystem Disasters

Dean Detlefsen

When And Where It Happened

  • The Oil Spill Happened In April 20th,2010
  • The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the BP oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout) began on 20 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect.

How And Why Did It Happen?

  • BP engineers had concerns as early as 2009 that the metal casing BP wanted to use might collapse under high pressure(collapsed under high pressure)(how).
  • the blowout preventer was damaged in a previously unreported accident in late March 2010(why).


  • More than 200 million gallons of oil fouled the ocean and Gulf coastlines
  • Marine Life Was Damaged.