Helping 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 upwards of $50 billion in fines. Make sure BP is forced to pay >>
Recognizing the disaster’s unprecedented impact on wildlife, NWF staff—already on the ground in Louisiana—quickly swung into action. Learn more about our work in the Gulf >>
On Sept 30, 2013, Phase 2 of the trial began as BP heads back to court to try and convince a federal judge that the company’s well spewed just 2.45 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico—significantly less than the 4.1 million barrels the government’s team of scientists has estimated. "We need to hold BP fully accountable to send a clear message to every other oil company that this kind of negligence will simply not be tolerated," said NWF CEO and President Larry Schweiger.