The Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


The present review is intended to give a general background of the main issues involving the oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010 in the Deepwater Horizon platform owned by British Petroleum. A general description of the zone is provided, as well as the chronology of the facts that occurred since the spill began, including the different attempts to stop it, until the date of its complete control which occurred on July 15. Beside the efforts to stop the spill (on the surface and in deep waters), there were many governmental organizations, universities and scientific societies which contributed with diverse proposal of control, mitigation and prevention activities, such as, retaining and diminishing the amount of oil which could arrive to the coast, forecasting and tracking the behavior of the slick by means of satellite imagery, measurements and models. Finally, this work includes a brief description of possibilities of some influence on the Mexican coasts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mexican Petroleum InstituteMexico CityMexico

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