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Will Deepwater Horizon Set a New Standard for Catastrophe?

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Science  07 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5979, pp. 674-675
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5979.674

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The fiery destruction of an oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 April may have triggered one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The impact of the crisis, which began with the deaths of 11 workers and then simmered for several days before an expanding oil slick grabbed worldwide attention, promises to test the federal government's ability to protect habitat, wildlife, and the economic well-being of a four-state region on a scale never before imagined.