The oil well Macondo Prospect passed away peacefully in the ocean deep off the coast of Louisiana, after a long and painful struggle with BP. After suffering a fatal injury on April 20, 2010, the blown well began hemorrhaging oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico, in an event that ultimately -- and tragically -- claimed the lives of 11 rig workers, 4,080 birds, 525 sea turtles, and Spongebob Squarepants. Although crews stopped its leaking crude on Aug. 4, the well's days were numbered, and it finally found its earthly relief well on Sept. 16, 2010. Named for the …
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