The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (otherwise known as the BP oil spill) in April of 2010 flowed for 87 days and released an estimated total of 210 million gallons of oil. This spill left a sheet of petroleum on the surface
of the Gulf of Mexico and is one of the most devastating spills in history. In November 2012, BP and the United States Department of Justice settled
federal criminal charges with BP pleading guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter,
two misdemeanors, and a felony count of lying to Congress. BP also
agreed to four years of government monitoring of its safety practices
and ethics, and the Environmental Protection Agency announced that BP
would be temporarily banned from new contracts with the US government.