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.

Oiled White Pelicans in the Gulf

How Wildlife is Faring

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? 

Dolphins Jumping

Holding BP Accountable

BP violated both the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act, and faces many billions in fines. Make sure BP is forced to pay >>

NWF's Maura Wood holding oil

NWF's Oil Spill Response

Recognizing the disaster’s threat to wildlife, NWF staff—already on the ground in Louisiana—quickly swung into action. Learn about our ongoing work >>

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REPORT: Five Years after Deepwater Horizon, Wildlife Still Struggling 

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, sending more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, wildlife are still struggling.

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Five Years and Counting, a report by the National Wildlife Federation