Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment

Read more

FOCUS

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The pen is mightier than the sword'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Requiem for a recorder'

Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Turkey’s Erdogan names foreign minister Davutoglu as next PM

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • US attorney general visits Missouri town after fatal shooting

    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)