The Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Four Years Later

Five years ago Monday, a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig caused an explosion and fire that killed eleven workers and sent up a ball of fire that could be seen from 40 miles away. For weeks, crude oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, creating an enormous sheen on the surface and sending tar balls onto beaches in five states.

ABC’s Jim Ryan charts the recovery of the region since that day in 2010.

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