5 Years after the Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion

Apr 15, 2015

April 20 will mark the five year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and began an 87 day oil spill that released some 210 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf in what’s been dubbed the largest man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. We explore ongoing environmental impacts and restoration efforts, how they align with broader long term restoration goals. We’ll also learn about one researcher’s efforts to understand the spill’s impacts by studying ants. 


Anne Birch, Florida Marine Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy

Laura Bowie, Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Linda Hooper-Bui, Ph.D., Entomologist and Professor with the Louisiana State University Department of Environmental Science

Julie Wraithmell, Director of Wildlife Conservation for Audubon of Florida