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One year anniversary of Deepwater Horizon explosion

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico that started the coastal oil spill crisis. 

The explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed eleven men including four from Mississippi. 

The men worked for Transocean -- the company hired by British Petroleum to drill a well off the coast of Louisiana. 

Then for the next 85 days, the country watched the worst oil spill in this nation's history unfold. 

Two hundred and six million gallons of oil spewed from the well into the gulf. That's 19 times more than the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska in March 1989. 

BP spent billions of dollars to clean up the mess from the disaster.

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