Wildlife Impacted by the BP Gulf Oil Disaster
On April 20, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers, and pumping more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 straight days—making it America’s largest environmental catastrophe in history.
Thousands of birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife were found dead or injured in the disaster zone immediately after the spill. How are they faring now?
BP violated both the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act, and faces many billions in fines. Make sure BP is forced to pay >>
Recognizing the disaster’s threat to wildlife, NWF staff—already on the ground in Louisiana—quickly swung into action. Learn about our ongoing work >>