On September 19, 2010 the Macondo well was officially proclaimed "dead." The Deepwater Horizon Incident Timeline, which ran from the April 20 explosion, fire and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon through the “bottom kill” procedure of the relief well, contains just over 600 entries. Most of the entries are linked and sourced, and the timeline describes the slow motion disaster of the Gulf Oil Spill in about as much detail as you’ll find anywhere on the web.
A large percentage of the news story links are from the Mobile Press-Register (via al.com) and the New Orleans Times-Picayune (via nola.com), two regional newspapers that provided outstanding, round-the-clock coverage of the event. Those two papers deserve all the awards they’ll win for their coverage, and then some.
While it won’t be updated anymore, the timeline will stay online as a resource for news hounds, researchers, and others interested in chronicling the disaster. It is inevitable that some of the links will “die” as sites update their archives. If you happen upon a broken link, please identify it and if a suitable alternative exists, it’ll be corrected.
To all of the visitors who used the document to stay up to date, to all the bloggers who linked to the page and to all of the folks who commented and sent tips and suggestions via email, a heartfelt thank you!