Download the PDF. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig was in the final stages of exploratory drilling at the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico when disaster struck. On April 20, , the rig exploded, killing 11 workers and forcing the evacuation of the rig. It quickly became clear that the emergency measures taken prior to evacuation had not sealed the well and that great amounts of oil were leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Welcome back! At the time of the incident, it was approximately 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana at Macondo well United States Coast Guard, Below is a map that shows where the oil rig was, and the extent of the oil spill.