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Gulf Coast Oil Spill (2010)

The Gulf Coast oil spill began on April 20, 2010, when the floating offshore oil drilling rig platform, Deepwater Horizon, exploded. The Deepwater Horizon is one of many mobile offshore drilling rigs located around the United States and throughout the world, and reflects the growing trend toward global economics, or globalization. The rig was owned primarily by British Petroleum (BP), an international business conglomerate with multiple brands, products, and subsidiaries.

The rig was also owned partially by the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and MOEX Offshore 2007. Further adding to the international political and economic nature of Deepwater Horizon, its flag of convenience (the nation in which a marine vessel is registered) originated out of the Marshall Islands, a Pacific island nation protected by the United States, which ...

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