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Five Year Anniversary of BP Oil Disaster Highlights Risks of Expanding Offshore Drilling into New Areas


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Five Year Anniversary of BP Oil Disaster Highlights Risks of Expanding Offshore Drilling into New Areas

WASHINGTON - Today marks the five-year anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in United States history. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster claimed the lives of 11 workers and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, wreaking havoc on communities, economies, fisheries and wildlife.

Since the spill, numerous studies have found that the oil, and the dispersants used to clean it up, has had detrimental effects on birds, dolphins, fish and other species.

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