On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded. Seventeen crewmembers were injured and 11 died. Two days later, on Earth Day, the rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico. These events were the beginning of a catastrophic environmental, economic and social disaster. On April 22nd, the agency tasked with responding to the spill determined that there was a leak at the wellhead and that cleanup crews would use chemical dispersants to combat the oil spill. Referring to the decision to use dispersants, the Coast Guard’s 8th District commander, Rear Admiral Mary Landry stated, “Our goal is to fight this oil spill as far away from the coastline as possible.” Was this successful, or did use of dispersants do more harm than good?