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* An explosion which caused the oil spill ripped through the Deepwater Horizon, some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. The blast claimed the lives of 11 people who were working on the rig and injured other 17. Some 6,000 U.S. National Guard troops were sent to the area of the disaster to help carry out clean-up operations
* The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Wednesday it has temporarily suspended new US government contracts with the British oil and gas company BP in response to a 2010 explosion that killed 11 people on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico and caused the largest environmental disaster in American history
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