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20 April: Explosion followed by a fire on Deepwater Horizon.
22 April: Rig sinks.

28 April: Failure of the attempt by 4 underwater robots to close the well's valves. Beginning of oil slick burning operations.

29 April: Oil spill is declared a "national disaster".

30 April: Oil reaches the US coastline (Louisiana).

2 May: Fishing ban in affected federal waters.

First visit onsite by President Barack Obama.

3 May: The platform Development Drill III begins to drill a first relief well.

8 May: Failure of the attempt to place a containment chamber over the well.

14 May: The platform Development Drill II begins to drill a second relief well.


 17 May: Insertion of a tool tube in the riser lying on the seafloor to recover 60% of the oil.
 27-28 May: Failure of the Top Kill operation which aimed to inject heavy drilling fluids into the well.
 1 June: A legal enquiry is opened to investigate the causes of the accident.
 3 June: A containment cap, known as the Lower Marine Riser Package Cap, is placed over the well to increase the oil and gas recovery capacity.
 12 July: A funnel, baptised Top Hat 10, is placed over the well, enabling the valves to be closed: the leak is stopped.
 2 August: Beginning of the Static Kill operation which aimed to inject mud and cement down into the main well.
 19 September: Definitive plugging of the well after injecting materials and cement via the relief well drilled by Development Drill III.


Last update on 28/02/2011
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