I believe one of the most horrific, yet important events over the past couple of years was the Oil Spill. The spill happened on April 20 and wasn't repaired until late July. Many may not know exactly how the spill occurred, so here are the facts. The company, BP, was drilling an offshore rig when it exploded. Not only were 11 people killed, but over 5 million barrels of crude were released into the gulf. The devastation really set in with regards to the wildlife and tourism of the area. More than 6,000 birds died and many more animals were injured.