On April 20, 2010, a series of events unfolded on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon (hereinafter “Deepwater Horizon”) that ultimately led to its sinking and the release of crude oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  These events have been widely covered by the media and include an explosion and subsequent fire, along with the loss of a large number of lives as a result thereof. The sunken oil rig is releasing large amounts of oil which, despite initial estimates by certain Defendants and their representatives,  is now reported to be up to 5,000 gallons of crude oil per day that is being pumped into the Gulf waters from the sunken rig.