Apr. 20:Blowout and explosionApr. 22:Deepwater Horizon rig sinksMay 5:BP ceases attempts to actuate theBOP stackMay 6-8:Cofferdam operationMay 16-25: Collection of oil through the RiserInsertion Tube ToolMay 26-28: Top kill and junk shot operationsJun. 2-3: Riser cut and top hat installedJun. 3-Jul. 10: Collection of oil through the tophat to the
Jun. 15-Jul. 15: Collection of oil to the
Jul. 10-12: Capping stack installedJul. 15: Capping stack closed (spill ends)Jul. 15-Aug. 3: Well integrity testAug. 3-5: Static kill and well cementingSept. 19: First relief well completed; wellofficially declared dead
Secretary Chu and Tom Hunter at BP’s source
-control commandcenter in Houston. Source: Deepwater Horizon Response FlickrPhotostream.
(background), flaringas they collect oil above the wellhead. Source: U.S. Coast Guard.