About 17 percent of the U.S.’s total crude oil production comes from offshore projects in the Gulf today and the region provides more than a fifth of U.S. oil and gas production. The BP Deepwater Horizon rig capsized 36 hours after an explosion, on the morning of April 22, which is coincidentally Earth Day, a globally recognized day promoting environmental protection. As the rig sank, it damaged the pipe leading down to the well. Oil began spilling from the well and did not stop for 87 days, with eleven people and thousands of animals lost to this tragedy. It turns out many mistakes were made prior to this accident. Join us as we discuss how cutting corners and ignoring warnings lead to the worst oil spill in US history.