Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Sleep tight beautiful boy': Charlie Gard's parents to take him off life support

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa's 'Guptaleaks': New website aims to reveal extent of 'state capture'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Building walls: French protesters block access to hotel migrant shelter

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Google parent company's profits hit by EU fine

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Phelps flops in man v shark challenge

Read more

THE DEBATE

Jerusalem Crisis: Who will play the peacemaker?

Read more

FOCUS

How Senegal is leading the fight against AIDS in West Africa

Read more

EUROPE NOW

A year of crucial elections in Europe

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Blues legend Lucky Peterson & Lollapalooza Paris

Read more

Americas

Timeline of Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-07-29

A timeline of the BP oil spill disaster.

April 20: Explosion on the Deepwater oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico sets off the worst oil slick in US history.

May 3: Reinsurers give their first verdict on the cost of the catastrophe: between 1 and 1.5 million dollars.

June 1: After several unsuccessful attempts at stemming the leak, BP warns that oil could flow into the Gulf of Mexico until August.

June 9: US Congress opens an inquiry into the oil slick and BP’s responsibility in the disaster. The White House orders BP to submit a calendar of operations and an assessment of the chances of getting the spill under control.

June 17: BP’s CEO, Tony Hayward, testifies before US Congress. The share price of BP falls three days in a row before reaching a historical low of $27.05 on June 19.

July 11: BP announces that it is in talks with Apache to sell 12 million dollars of its assets to reduce its debt.

July 15: BP announces that it has succeeded in containing the oil spill, nearly four months after the explosion.

July 26: Tony Hayward announces his resignation, effective October 1. He will be replaced by an American, Bob Dudley.

Date created : 2010-07-29

COMMENT(S)