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: