The Deepwater Horizon, owned by Transocean and leased to BP, caught fire April 20 after an explosion and sank. Eleven oil rig workers are missing and presumed dead. The rig, with a platform bigger than a football field and insured for $560 million, was one of the most modern and was drilling in 5,000 feet of water.
Fig: Gulf of Mexico
Although BP and U.S. Coast Guard vessels rushed to contain the spill. A similar spill off the Western Australia coast last year took 10 weeks to bring under control and Environmentalists are afraid about that though the sunken rig's distance from shore gives oil companies more time to keep the spill from reaching U.S. coastlines, the water deeper maks it harder to get the spill under control.
A marine scientist, Jacqueline Savitz said that The Gulf of Mexico is host to four species of endangered