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One Year Later, Deepwater Horizon by the Numbers

The numbers tell the story of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and the nation's worst ever oil spill that resulted.

The Deepwater Horizon tragedy and Gulf oil spill, by the numbers.

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Remembering the Deepwater Horizon Victims One Year Later

Take a long moment today to think of the eleven Deepwater Horizon workers who lost their lives a year ago today.

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Deepwater Horizon Rig Operator Doles Out Huge Bonuses, Citing "Best Year in Safety"

Transocean calls 2010 their "best year in safety," despite the explosion at their Deepwater Horizon rig that killed eleven.


Transocean, the owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, handed out big bonuses to top executives, citing 2010 as its "best year in safety." Acknowledging the Gulf tragedy in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company maintained that, “we recorded the best year in safety performance in our company’s history.

The filing continued: "Notwithstanding the tragic loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico, we achieved an exemplary statistical safety record."

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Gulf Spill Panel Urges Tougher Offshore Drilling Oversight Necessary

The Gulf oil spill panel issued their final report and recommendations to the president. They are both extreme and entirely reasonable.

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, as the oil still gushed into Gulf waters, the president formed a commission to figure out what went wrong, and how to prevent a similar disaster in the future. Commission members claim that the president told them to "follow the facts wherever they led," and so for six months they've been doing exactly that.

Today, the commission released its final report. Impressively, the authors didn't mince words, essentially saying that if industry's practices and government oversight don't improve, another disaster is all but inevitable.

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