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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deep Water Horizon, located off if the coast of Louisiana, sunk the drilling rig, causing oil to spill. The explosion started a chain of events resulting in the release of approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The discharge of oil continued for 111 days, impacting the marine and coastal ecosystems, as well as local communities.

The Alabama Department of Public Health and other state and federal agencies conducted several activities in response to the event. Below are resources and reports as well as information about current and past projects regarding the oil spill:

Response Worker Resources


Additional Resources

Page last updated: May 13, 2021