Gov. Edwards reflects on 6th anniversary of BP oil spill

Gov. Edwards reflects on 6th anniversary of BP oil spill

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Wednesday marked six years since a massive offshore rig explosion than killed 11 workers and triggered the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill occurred on April 20, 2010.

An estimated 200-million gallons of crude gushed for 87 days until the well was capped. For nearly three months, oil contaminated or altered everything it touched.

Two weeks ago, a federal judge approved a nearly $20 billion settlement with BP oil, which leased the rig. Louisiana being ground zero for the Gulf states impacted.

Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement regarding the spill's anniversary:

"The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was devastating to Louisiana's economy, environment, and way of life, but because of the resiliency of our people, we were determined to come back stronger than ever. Six years later, we are on our way to a strong recovery, but our hard work must continue. Today, it's important for us to remember the lives lost and reaffirm our commitment to work with our partners along the Gulf Coast and in the federal government to ensure this never happens again. Most importantly, I want to assure the people of Louisiana that, consistent with the State's Master Plan, funds from the BP settlement will be used for coastal protection and restoration. I am committed to working with industry leaders, environmental advocates, and the people of Louisiana on a robust plan that provides much needed protection for our coast and environment and that meets the needs of offshore drilling."

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