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BP Offshore Oil Strike

board game

The 2010 BP oil spill, also known as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will enter history as one of the greatest man-made disasters of all time. The spill stemmed from a sea-floor oil gusher that resulted from the April 20, 2010 drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others. On July 15, the leak was stopped by capping the gushing wellhead after releasing about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil. Today the effects of this catastrophe are still being weighed and reported. In the midst of the crisis, a blip on the board game scale was noted on Twitter, the internet networking and microblogging service. Apparently a BP sponsored board game from the mid-1970s featured an eerily similar image of an offshore oil drilling platform. BP actually produced this game in 1973, during the throes of the oil crisis in America, to encourage European support of offshore drilling in the North Sea. The game's cover illustration flashed across the Internet, demonstrating this bizarre coincidence.

  • Manufacturer: Printabox Ltd.
  • Material: printed paper | cardboard | plastic
  • Origin: England
  • Style: wealth accumulation
  • Object ID: 110.11316
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