The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, worth over $560 million, sinks to 5,000 feet below the surface and a five mile oil slick emerges.
17 people wounded, 11 dead. This is the deadliest oil rig disaster since 1968.
Nearly 2.5 million gallons of oil have spilled into the ocean since the explosion on the oil rig.
After initial attempts to stop the oil leak failed, new attempts will include drilling to 18,000 feet below the surface of the ocean and injecting cement and various chemicals to stop the leak. The plan is to use over 100 tons of cement.
Every day, the threat to the coastline of places like Louisiana increases and for now, wildlife in the affected areas is in serious danger. The only hope is that the containment methods for the oil spill work out.