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Macondo Blowout and Explosion
Accident Occurred On: 04/20/2010
Accident Type: Oil and Refining - Fire and Explosion

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Accident Description
On April 20, 2010, a sudden explosion and fire occurred on the oil rig. The accident resulted in the deaths of 11 workers and caused a massive, ongoing oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. The rig was located approximately 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, and had a 126-member crew onboard. The CSB will be holding a public hearing in Houston, Texas on July 23 and 24 in support of the board's continued analysis of effective safety performance indicators and to release preliminary findings into the agency’s investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The CSB’s two day hearing will be in downtown Houston at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 1200 Louisiana Street.
Investigation Status
The CSB's investigation is currently underway.



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