Gulf oil spill saga: The rocky path from epic disaster to renewed drilling
One year after the ominous explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the Louisiana coast, a look back at key moments in the bid to stop the rampaging Gulf oil spill.
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A controlled burn of the oil begins in an attempt to remove it. It's an experimental solution, and seen by many as a last-ditch effort to stop the oil from reaching the coast.
BP caps one of three leaks, but oil flow is unabated as it continues to spew from the remaining two leaks.
A large containment dome fails to stop leaks.
Estimates of daily escaping oil rise from 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) to between 20,000 and 100,000 barrels.
BP places a cap over the broken pipe, diverts 10,000 barrels a day from entering the Gulf.