The "oil mats" are slightly darker than the sand, almost chocolate, and many of them pock the surface of the beach.

The “oil mats” are slightly darker than the sand, almost chocolate, and many of them pock the surface of the beach.

In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico — 11 people were killed, the rig was destroyed, and by the time the wellhead was capped 87 days later, nearly 5 million barrels of crude had poured into the Gulf. Studies put the costs in the multiple billions of dollars for the fishing industry, the energy industry, tourism and environmental damage. The clean up continues to this day. One of the big questions people are trying to answer is where all the oil went. Series host Alex Chadwick went there to find out.

“What happened to the oil from the BP spill?” aired on APM Marketplace, April 19, 2012:

BURN’s Alex Chadwick talks with environmental engineer John Pardue about the state of the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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