Feds nab Florida fisherman for attempting to defraud regarding oil spill

Eliu Gonzalez, a South Florida fisherman who worked the waters off Miami-Dade and Monroe counties for more than a decade, lived hundreds of miles from the Deepwater Horizon rig when it exploded in April 2010. But that didn’t stop Gonzalez from logging onto the British Petroleum’s Gulf Coast claim center website five months later, stating that that the massive oil spill cost him more than $110,000 in lost income. | 08/31/11 06:47:47 By - Adam H. Bealsey

BP to return to Ocean Springs, Miss. for spill clean-up

Dark-amber mats of oil as big as a large man’s foot sit on the sand 10 feet from the water, and farther inland along the beaches of Horn Island’s west end. Recreational boater Nick Mason pointed out a swarm of quarter-sized tar globs floating around his boat anchored on the north side of the island Tuesday. BP knows. | 08/10/11 12:22:12 By - Karen Nelson and Mary Perez

NOAA's theory: Shrimpers at fault in sea turtles' death

NOAA’s theory that shrimpers are to blame for almost 1,000 sea-turtle deaths since the BP oil spill unleashed a fury of comments in two languages Wednesday. | 07/14/11 12:20:17 By -

A year later, Gulf Coast still coming to terms with oil spill

The Gulf Coast is on the rebound a year after the BP oil spill wreaked havoc on the economy, environment and psyche. Yet the relief felt a year ago when crews finally maneuvered into place the cap that stopped the gushing well is tempered by anxiety over the future. | 07/11/11 17:45:23 By - Lesley Clark

Senate panel opens door for BP rig workers' families to sue

The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to help the families of the 11 victims of last year's Deepwater Horizon blowout by changing outdated federal maritime laws, one going back to the 1850s, to make it possible to recover damages from BP, rig operator Transocean and rig subcontractors. | 06/08/11 15:47:33 By - Maria Recio

One year after Gulf oil spill, Florida tourism is up but questions remain

All-terrain vehicles still rumble across the eight-mile stretch of Pensacola Beach each morning, driven by workers looking for tar balls. One year after crude from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion reached Florida’s shores, cleanup crews are still unearthing the sticky hardened bits of oil. | 06/06/11 07:06:35 By - Laura Figueroa

Oil spill was economic, not ecological disaster, Barbour says

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour came to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday with a message: last summer's Gulf of Mexico oil spill was an economic — not an environmental - disaster, and he wants lawmakers to help shore up the region's hard-hit fishing, tourism and energy sectors. | 06/02/11 19:06:57 By - Maria Recio

Interior secretary defends offshore-drilling permit changes

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday defended his agency's changes in the year after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, dismissing criticism of a lengthier and more extensive permitting process as mere "Washington noise." | 05/17/11 18:54:11 By - Erika Bolstad

BP earmarking $1 billion to restore natural resources in Gulf

Negotiations between the Natural Resource Trustees and BP has resulted in a $1 billion down payment toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico for damage to natural resources resulting from the BP oil disaster. | 04/21/11 12:43:17 By - Karen Nelson

Study: Gulf spill's social costs may linger for years

A team that's spent two decades studying psychological distress among residents who lived near the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska has found striking similarities among those affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill. | 04/20/11 19:04:42 By - Erika Bolstad

Biloxi local government defending shopping with BP oil spill grants

Local government leaders in Biloxi are defending what has been called a shopping spree with millions of dollars of emergency grants from BP, saying they were uncertain what they needed for the unprecedented disaster and didn’t want to be caught ill-equipped. | 04/20/11 10:49:17 By - Geoff Pender

Florida won’t sue Transocean over Gulf oil spill

Florida will not join Alabama, Louisiana and more than 800 other plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Transocean, the operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago, causing a massive oil spill, Gov. Rick Scott announced. Instead, the state will file a claim against BP directly. | 04/20/11 07:30:21 By - Mary Ellen Klas and Katie Sanders

A year after BP blowout, Gulf lawmakers say drill

A year after the BP oil spill put the brakes on full-bore domestic production, it's back to "drill, baby, drill" as federal lawmakers, anxious about rising gasoline prices, push legislation to open offshore leases and make it easier to drill domestically. | 04/19/11 17:27:18 By - Maria Recio

Gulf residents leery of what's next after BP oil spill

The rebuilding process one year after the BP oil spill is leaving those who live along the northern Gulf distrusting of government, optimistic about the beaches and this year’s crop of seafood, but leery that what lies below the surface of the Gulf in the water and on the sea floor will haunt them for decades and generations. | 04/18/11 07:42:31 By - Karen Nelson

A year after the BP spill, drilling discussion on the rise

One year later, the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history looks more and more like just a big bump in the road in the drive to drill deeper in the Gulf of Mexico and potentially closer to Florida’s coastline. In the months since the anxious, ugly summer of the monster slick, political tide and public opinion seem to have shifted. | 04/18/11 07:30:13 By - Curtis Morgan

Oil companies' new Gulf drilling plans called inadequate

Oil companies recently turned in their first plans for exploratory drilling in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including new information the government has required since last year's BP blowout about how they'd try to prevent and cope with another oil disaster. | 04/15/11 16:20:08 By - Renee Schoof and Kevin G. Hall

BP foresees no clean-up workers necessary in five years

BP’s chief of operations for the Gulf cleanup, Mike Utsler, has been on the job since the first days of the spill. He’s shifted it from a major effort in the summer and fall to pulling back as oil residue washing ashore has diminished each month since the winter. | 04/15/11 12:08:34 By - Karen Nelson

BP oil spill cleanup chief says less residue is washing ashore

BP's chief of operations for the Gulf cleanup, Mike Utsler, has been on the job since the first days of the spill. He's shifted it from a major effort in the summer and fall to pulling back as oil residue washing ashore has diminished each month since the winter. | 04/15/11 07:18:39 By - Karen Nelson

Florida Gov. Scott urged to sue over BP Gulf oil spill

The rosy scene bothered Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid. There was Gov. Rick Scott on Monday, happily announcing a $30 million marketing and tourism grant from BP for seven Panhandle counties, thanking a BP senior executive at his side for "stepping up." | 04/13/11 07:05:04 By - Katie Sanders

NOAA: Gulf seafood safe to eat

A NOAA Fisheries chief told reporters today that “not one piece of tainted seafood has entered the market” related to the BP oil spill, starting within days of the well blow out. | 04/12/11 15:29:25 By - Karen Nelson

80 percent of BP spill fines sought for Gulf Coast states

More than 140 women who'd championed Gulf Coast recovery after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were at it again Tuesday, convening on Capitol Hill to announce that they were supporting legislation that would guarantee the five Gulf Coast states at least 80 percent of BP's fines from last spring's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an amount that could top $21 billion. | 03/29/11 18:24:35 By - Maria Recio

BP says it has processed - not paid - 54% of oil spill claims

When BP announces it has processed a certain number of individual and business claims, that doesn’t mean the claims have been paid. | 03/18/11 12:15:18 By - Karen Nelson

Doctors believe Gulf baby dolphins deaths are stillborns

Federal officials involved in the investigation of the deaths of dozens of baby dolphins along the northern Gulf said Wednesday that they are certain now that a portion of the infants were stillborn -- that their mothers did not carry them to full term. | 03/17/11 11:52:26 By - Karen Nelson

Senate bill would extend deepwater offshore drilling leases

Senators said Wednesday that a bill extending exploratory leases in the Gulf of Mexico will encourage drilling — and help bring down the price of oil. | 03/09/11 18:46:47 By - Maria Recio

More dead baby dolphins wash ashore along the Gulf coast

The phenomenon of new born or stillborn baby dolphins washing ashore from the Gulf or the Mississippi Sound continued through the weekend and Monday. | 02/28/11 16:01:02 By - Karen Nelson

Infant and stillborn dolphins still washing up along Gulf Coast

The bodies of five more dolphins have been reported since late last night along the Mississippi and Alabama coasts, some of them infants. | 02/25/11 17:57:34 By - Karen Nelson

Death of baby dolphins draws Federal attention in Gulfport

NOAA will give high priority to an investigation into the large numbers of baby dolphin deaths along the Mississippi and Alabama coasts, an official told the Sun Herald on Wednesday. | 02/24/11 12:27:00 By - Karen Nelson

At least two male baby dolphins among four found on Horn Island

A crew of four from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies left the dock about 11 a.m. Tuesday for Horn Island, Miss. where four infant dolphins have washed up on the south side of the island. | 02/22/11 13:49:13 By - Karen Nelson

Infant dolphin deaths spiking in Gulf after oil spill

Baby dolphins, some barely three feet in length, are washing up along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines at 10 times the normal rate of stillborn and infant deaths, researchers say. This is the first birthing season for dolphins since last year's oil spill. | 02/21/11 16:25:28 By - Karen Nelson

Environmentalists to sue over new Gulf oil, gas projects

The Interior Department has approved 10 oil and gas exploration projects in the Gulf of Mexico since October in violation of two laws that protect whales and other marine mammals, environmental groups said Thursday. | 02/10/11 19:01:53 By - Renee Schoof

Mississippi AG: BP spill victims got 'stiff-armed' on claims

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood wants to hear from whistle-blowers with inside information about how the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is operating. Hood believes administrator Ken Feinberg "stiff-armed" claimants affected by last year's BP oil spill, but Feinberg says 90,000 people have been adequately compensated for their damages. | 02/04/11 20:32:02 By - Anita Lee

Study finds oil dispersants lingered deep under Gulf

An active ingredient in the chemical dispersants pumped deep into the Gulf of Mexico after BP's oil spill didn't break down, but remained for several months in a deep layer of oil and gas, according to a study published Wednesday. | 01/26/11 16:58:19 By - Renee Schoof

New oil drilling regulator lays out the road ahead

Michael Bromwich, the official put in charge of oil and gas regulation after the BP blowout last spring, gave a detailed public update Thursday about changes now under way, including new inspections, environmental reviews and ethical standards. | 01/13/11 18:20:24 By - Renee Schoof

Oil spill panel blames lax oversight, poor safety standards

Lulled by success, the U.S. wasn't prepared for a catastrophe the size of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and it needs additional government regulation and tougher industry self-policing to improve the safety of deepwater drilling, the presidential commission investigating the Gulf of Mexico disaster found. | 01/11/11 11:13:10 By - Erika Bolstad and Renee Schoof

BP crews still cleaning oil from Mississippi Gulf islands

In fact, it is likely more oil tar has been cleaned from the islands in the fall and winter than at the height of the spill last summer, because larger crews of BP workers can now get to the beaches and inlets. They had been restricted to foot traffic while birds and turtles were nesting. | 01/07/11 19:51:31 By - Karen Nelson

Commentary: BP Deepwater Horizon's blowout could have been prevented

Ever since the April 20 Gulf of Mexico Macondo oil well blowout and Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which killed 11 men, the three mega corporations involved have stood in a triangle pointing fingers at each other. | 01/07/11 11:23:28 By -

Panel: BP well blowout revealed industry-wide problems

The errors and misjudgments that led to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig last spring weren't the result just of blunders by BP and its contractors, but reflect industry-wide problems that require new regulations and standards, a presidential commission has concluded. | 01/05/11 22:00:00 By - Mark Seibel

Justice Department sues BP, others over Gulf oil spill

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the lawsuit in a televised news conference. The defendants in the case either owned portions of the lease for the Macondo well or were responsible for drilling the well. Not named: Halliburton, whose cement work played a key role in the well's failure. | 12/15/10 14:54:16 By - Erika Bolstad and Renee Schoof

BP oil spill victims will get 3 options for compensation

Kenneth Feinberg, the head of the Gulf oil spill fund, said Monday that victims of the BP oil spill will have three options for final compensation from the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and all but one of them requires claimants to give up their right to sue. | 12/13/10 19:03:38 By - Maria Recio

BP defender Joe Barton won't lead House energy panel

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who apologized to BP last summer during the Gulf oil spill and then backtracked under pressure from GOP leaders, has failed in his effort to be named the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the 112th Congress. | 12/07/10 18:57:25 By - Maria Recio

Florida businesses hit by BP oil spill file claims

While oil did not reach South Florida shores, individuals and businesses impacted by the disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico have filed claims. The claims have come from all types of South Florida businesses and residents 7mdash; including commercial fishermen, marinas, restaurants, hotels, dive watering holes, real estate agents, waterfront property owners, lobster trap makers, municipalities and even Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Key West. | 12/06/10 06:51:02 By - Cammy Clark

Atlantic, eastern Gulf closed to offshore drilling till 2017

The Atlantic Coast and the eastern Gulf of Mexico will remain closed to offshore oil and gas drilling for now, in what's considered a major recalibration of the nation's offshore drilling priorities after last spring's catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. | 12/01/10 19:11:22 By - Erika Bolstad

Review validates early report on where spilled BP oil went

A peer review of a controversial August federal report on the whereabouts of oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon well upholds its conclusion that three-quarters of the oil had been burned, skimmed or was in the process of degrading, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. | 11/23/10 18:52:31 By - Renee Schoof

Could Joe Barton, who defended BP, really lead energy panel?

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who everyone thought was facing long odds at becoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee because he called the $20 billion BP oil spill relief fund a "shakedown," may be improving his chances. He'll now be given a chance to make his case to the GOP Steering Committee without having to get a waiver because of term limits. | 11/19/10 17:46:51 By - Maria Recio

Testimony: Poor cementing at BP well symptom of wider problem

Drilling engineers and government officials are almost lackadaisical in their approach to the critical steps of closing down an offshore oil drilling rig and sealing it, two days of testimony before a presidential commission investigating last spring's explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig indicate. | 11/09/10 19:37:32 By - Mark Seibel

Report: Halliburton knew BP well's cement likely unstable

Houston-based Halliburton knew that the cement it was using to seal BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well was unstable, but did not tell BP or act on the information internally before the well blew up April 20, the staff of the presidential commission investigating the disaster reported Thursday. The findings add to the growing body of evidence that safety procedures intended to head off such accidents were ignored or overlooked. | 10/28/10 16:45:52 By - Mark Seibel

BP plans to bring whistle-blower office in-house

BP is considering dismantling the ombudsman's office it created to handle whistle-blower complaints after the company's major oil spills at Prudhoe Bay four years ago. BP created the office to give its U.S. employees and contractors around-the-clock, confidential access to a person outside BP who can launch third-party investigations. | 10/14/10 06:42:39 By - Elizabeth Bluemink

Obama oil-drilling decision could boost some Democrats

While drilling isn't expected to start again immediately, the timing of the announcement — six weeks ahead of schedule and three weeks before congressional and state elections — could give Democrats a boost at the polls. The moratorium has been blamed for thousands of lost jobs in an already damaged economy and posed a potential drag on some Gulf-area Democrats' election prospects. | 10/12/10 16:50:52 By - Margaret Talev, Renee Schoof and Kevin G. Hall

Feds lift moratorium on deepwater offshore oil drilling

The Obama administration Tuesday lifted a moratorium it imposed on deepwater offshore oil drilling in July during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying that new rules should make drilling safer. | 10/12/10 14:54:35 By - Margaret Talev and Renee Schoof

Study slams confusion, waste in BP oil spill response

A second oil spill report released Wednesday, entitled "Decision-Making in the Unified Command," portrays the cleanup effort as confused, wasteful and often ineffective, and offers thinly veiled criticism of some of the key figures in the effort, including Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. | 10/06/10 21:20:24 By - Mark Seibel

Report: White House squelched release of BP oil spill estimates

Government scientists wanted to tell Americans early on how bad the BP oil spill could be, but the White House denied their request to make the worst-case scenarios public, a report by staff for the national panel investigating the spill said Wednesday. The staff paper does not assign any motive to the administration's moves but says underestimating the flow "undermined public confidence in the federal government's response." | 10/06/10 14:40:31 By - Renee Schoof and Margaret Talev

New offshore drilling rules require rigs practice for spills

The Interior Department Thursday issued two new rules to improve safety on offshore oil and gas rigs, bringing the Obama administration a step closer to lifting its ban on drilling in deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico. | 09/30/10 19:33:34 By - Renee Schoof

Coast Guard preparing for Cuba oil spills

The new U.S. Coast Guard commander for the southeastern United States said Thursday that his agency is looking "very seriously'' at Cuba's plans to drill for oil and reviewing contingency plans in the event of a spill that could reach the Florida coast. | 09/30/10 18:54:24 By - Lesley Clark

Cuba to drill for oil in water deeper than failed BP well

Cuba is expected to begin drilling offshore for oil and gas as soon as next year in waters deeper than those the Deepwater Horizon rig was drilling in when it exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April. | 09/29/10 21:51:33 By - Lesley Clark and Sara Kennedy

Mabus suggests some BP oil spill money go to Gulf states

Ray Mabus chose the Ken Combs Pier to announce to Mississippi the plan for restoring the Gulf he presented to President Obama today asks Congress to send some of the BP penalty money here. | 09/28/10 18:01:52 By - Karen Nelson

BP official: Industry, government not prepared for oil spill

Under grilling by a presidential commission on the oil spill, BP's top official for oil production said he couldn't explain why the oil industry didn't develop technologies to shut down a deepwater oil spill. | 09/27/10 19:27:40 By - Renee Schoof

Chu: Better technology can prevent another Gulf oil blowout

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the Nobel-prize winning physicist who got involved in sorting out the BP oil spill, said Wednesday that there were many practical steps that could be taken to prevent another blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. | 09/22/10 19:23:05 By - Renee Schoof

Lawsuit asks if science was manipulated in oil spill estimates

An environmental whistleblower group charges in a lawsuit that the Obama administration is withholding hundreds of documents that would help explain why the administration repeatedly underestimated the size of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The documents include communications between the Flow Rate Technical Group, which was tasked with making estimates of the spill's size, and Marcia McNutt, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey, who chaired the technical group. | 09/17/10 18:50:10 By - Renee Schoof

Long saga of blown-out BP well in Gulf is coming to an end

BP announced this morning that its engineers will soon begin pumping cement into the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico through a relief well and will have completed sealing it by Saturday. That will kill for good a deep-sea well whose explosion 150 days ago killed 11 offshore drilling rig workers and sparked an economic and environmental catastrophe whose size is still being calculated. | 09/17/10 09:20:32 By -

NOAA head: Scientists' work on Gulf spill far from done

More than a week since a second university research cruise found oil on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that teams of academic and federal scientists would make an aggressive effort to search for oil "from the surface to the sea floor." | 09/15/10 19:45:27 By - Renee Schoof

Economic damage to Gulf from oil spill tracked

Pascagoula wasn't hurt as much by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as the Gulfport area, and neither economy took as big a hit as had been feared, economists say. | 09/15/10 11:59:19 By - Mary Perez

Mississippi waters show no trace of submerged oil

Coast Guard and other officials said Thursday they've found no evidence of submerged oil in Mississippi waters since testing began a few weeks ago. | 09/10/10 13:14:10 By - Michael Newsom

BP investigation cites multiple failures, but not well's design

A BP internal investigation released Wednesday concludes that eight key factors contributed to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, including a poor cement job by Halliburton and the failure by Transocean workers to notice for 40 minutes that oil and gas were gushing into the well. | 09/08/10 20:08:23 By - William Douglas

Feds: Gulf oil blowout won't lead to dead zones

The amount of oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico near oil plumes created by the BP well blowout is 20 percent lower than normal, but not so low as to create dead zones where little life exists, federal scientists reported Tuesday. | 09/07/10 19:21:40 By - Renee Schoof

BP helped write California's environmental curriculum

Despite a mixed environmental record even before the Gulf of Mexico disaster, California officials included BP on the technical team for its soon-to-be-completed environmental education curriculum, which will be used in kindergarten through 12th-grade classes in more than 1,000 school districts statewide. | 09/07/10 06:37:32 By - Rick Daysog

Oil spill prevention is focus of California bill

In response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, California lawmakers are looking to strengthen the state's oil spill prevention requirements. An Assembly measure now before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would allow the state to increase fees on oil shipped into California by as much as $5.6 million. | 09/03/10 06:54:57 By - Rick Daysog

BP has removed capping stack, blowout preventer next

The Obama administration's pointman on the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe Thursday evening announced that BP successfully removed a containment cap that had stopped crude oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico nearly two months ago and is expected to remove the well's dysfuntional blowout preventer later Thursday. | 09/02/10 19:37:47 By -

Offshore oil platform explodes in Gulf of Mexico

An offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded on Thursday but company and federal records show it appears to be producing natural gas, not oil. | 09/02/10 14:53:36 By - Curtis Morgan

Up to 90% of oysters dead in Mississippi reef sample

Officials from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources took oyster fishermen out on the reefs off the Pass Christian Harbor on Wednesday to give them a preview of what to expect from the upcoming oyster season. Catches resulting in an abundance of empty oys | 09/02/10 11:11:54 By - Nicole Dow

BP to begin recovery of Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer Thursday

BP will begin removing the failed Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer on Thursday, if seas remain calm as forecast in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration's pointman on the oil spill told reporters Wednesday. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said forecasters expected waves to be less than four feet by midday, allowing the process to commence. | 09/01/10 20:05:09 By -

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Sept. 1 briefing on the BP oil spill

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters Wednesday, Sept. 1, on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 09/01/10 18:41:37 By -

Templeton, embattled Missouri DNR leader, joins Gulf spill response team

Mark Templeton, the embattled and then marginalized leader of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is leaving state government for a role in the Gulf oil spill response effort. | 08/31/10 07:17:00 By - Jason Noble and Karen Dillon

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Aug. 30 briefing on the BP oil spill

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing for reporters Aug. 30 on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Appended to the transcript is additional information intended to clarify questions asked during the briefing. The transcript and the additional answers were distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 08/30/10 19:51:53 By -

Weather delays recovery of BP well's blowout preventer

High seas at the site of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico will delay for at least two to three days the recovery of the well's failed blowout preventer, Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday. The weather also will push back the completion of a relief well that Allen has said for months is the only way to ensure that the Deepwater Horizon well is sealed permanently. | 08/30/10 13:58:56 By -

Evidence experts to oversee blowout preventer recovery

A criminal evidence recovery team from the Justice Department will be on hand Saturday as BP begins the multi-day task of disconnecting the failed blowout preventer from its Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and lifting it to the surface. | 08/27/10 19:34:36 By - Mark Seibel

Spill hearing focuses on point man for well design

Federal investigators are homing in on the role that BP's Houston operations had in possible design flaws that may have contributed to the April 20 Deepwater Horizon well blowout. In particular, they are focusing on John Guide, a Houston-based supervisor who BP workers said was the main official with authority over the well design. | 08/27/10 21:04:36 By - Rong-Gong Lin II and Kim Murphy

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen brieifng Aug. 27 on BP's oil spill

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing Friday, Aug. 27, on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center | 08/27/10 17:58:38 By -

Investigators blast BP, saying it failed to learn from past accidents

Federal investigators Thursday hammered away at a corporate culture at BP that they said has failed to learn from deadly accidents and other mishaps, including the Texas City, Texas, refinery explosion in 2005 that killed 15 workers. The panel investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster portrayed the oil giant as ignoring past mistakes and not effectively emphasizing safety. | 08/27/10 17:33:02 By - Rong-Gong Lin II

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Aug. 25 briefing on the BP oil spill

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's press briefing Wednesday, Aug. 25, on the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. The transcript was made available by the Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center. | 08/25/10 19:08:25 By -

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Aug. 19 briefing on BP's Gulf oil spill

This is the transcript of National Incident Commader Thad Allen's Aug. 19 briefing on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident joint Information Center. | 08/25/10 14:41:58 By -

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Aug. 23 briefing on BP's Gulf oil spill

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters on the status of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 08/25/10 14:34:55 By -

Louisiana oysters back on market, but what about next year?

Gulf restaurants have Louisiana oysters and shrimp, but supplies are still short and prices high. | 08/24/10 11:13:08 By - Barry Shlachter

Scientists say Gulf oil to linger, Obama's estimates rosy

Scientists heaped more criticism Thursday on the Obama administration's claim that most of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is gone, saying that it was too early to determine the remaining oil's impact on the waters or marine life. | 08/19/10 18:34:35 By - Shashank Bengali

BP told to preserve blowout preventer as evidence

The Obama administration on Thursday ordered BP to remove the failed blowout preventer from its Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico and preserve it as likely evidence in civil and criminal investigations. | 08/19/10 17:05:42 By - Mark Seibel

'Bottom kill' of BP's Gulf well now put off till after Labor Day

A relief well that government officials say will finally finish off BP's Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico won't be completed until after Labor Day, weeks later than officials had been predicting. The delay is necessary in part because officials want to preserve the blowout preventer currently atop the BP well as possible evidence in federal investigations into what caused the well to explode on April 20. | 08/19/10 13:02:05 By - Mark Seibel

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Aug. 18 briefing on BP's oil leak

This is the transcript from Wednesday's teleconference press briefing by Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 08/18/10 18:33:59 By -

Mississippi fishermen call for resignation of Dept. of Marine Resources director

A group of Mississippi commercial fishermen voiced their anger and concern during Tuesday's monthly Commission on Marine Resources meeting. The group of 10 or 15 also asked Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Director Bill Walker to resign over what the fishermen said was a lack of representation since the Deepwater Horizon's massive oil disaster began April 20. | 08/18/10 14:13:59 By - Al Jones

Toxic oil levels found in key Gulf breeding zone, scientists say

Scientists have found evidence that oil has become toxic to marine organisms in a section of the Gulf of Mexico that supports the spawning grounds of commercially important fish species. Researchers from the University of South Florida said the oil was found in sediments in hte DeSoto Canyon area of the Gulf. | 08/17/10 20:52:21 By - Sara Kennedy

Georgia scientists dispute Obama claim that most oil is gone

Far from gone or dispersed, Univeristy of Georgia scientists said Tuesday that 70 to 79 percent of the more than 4 million barrels of oil that escaped into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's Deepwater Horizon well remains in the water, posing real but still undetermined risks. | 08/17/10 20:10:07 By - Curtis Morgan

Mississippi attorney general disputes BP's rosy claims report

BP says the company has not denied claims made for lost income from the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe, but the company's records show 63 percent of claims are still pending without payment, Mississippi's attorney general said Tuesday. | 08/17/10 14:03:40 By - Anita Lee

Gulf oil spill still a threat to seafood, JAMA study indicates

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill still poses threats to human health and seafood safety, according to a study published Monday by the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association. The report comes two days after President Obama and members of his family swam in the Gulf at Panama City Beach and ate fish caught there, and hours after this year's commercial shrimping season officially kicked off along the Louisiana coast. | 08/17/10 06:59:12 By - Fred Tasker

Transcript of Thad Allen's Aug. 16 briefing on the BP oil spill

This is the transcript from National Incident Commander Thad Allen's teleconference press briefing Monday, Aug,. 16, on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 08/16/10 19:43:08 By -

Study: BP oil spill has taken heavy toll on Gulf mental health

About 30 percent of Gulf Coast residents are suffering with mental-health issues in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, according to a study by the nonprofit Ochsner Health System in Louisiana. The finding was based on a survey taken among 406 people in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. | 08/16/10 18:01:16 By - Nicole Dow

Changes to BP oil spill clean-up plan leave Texas boom makers soaked

You might call it a case of boom and bust. Literally. Two Tarrant County-area companies are among a number that say they have been seriously strained financially as a result of international energy giant BP ordering large volumes of containment boom to corral oil from its huge Gulf of Mexico spill, then abruptly saying it didn't need nearly so much boom after all. | 08/16/10 07:37:43 By - Jack Z. Smith

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Aug. 14 briefing on BP's oil leak

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing for reporters Saturday, Aug. 14, on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The transcript was provided by the deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 08/16/10 18:21:35 By -

Obamas to vacation on Gulf Coast — for about 24 hours

A family trip to a Gulf Coast beach in mid-August swelter, after the worst accidental oil spill in history? Call it the vacation the Obamas feel obliged to take before they can enjoy the vacation they want. | 08/13/10 18:00:16 By - Margaret Talev

Transcript of Thad Allen's Aug. 13 oil spill briefing

Transcript of Thad Allen's Aug. 13 Gulf oil spill briefing | 08/13/10 19:00:44 By -

Feds lift fishing ban off Florida's Panhandle

Federal regulators lifted a fishing ban off Florida on Tuesday, pronouncing all but a small area far off the Panhandle coast clear of any oil spill stigma. Reopening the areas was symbolically important enough that NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco flew to Panama City Beach to announce that a "rigorous set of steps" had shown seafood in the area was safe. | 08/11/10 07:10:34 By - Curtis Morgan

Transcript of Thad Allen's Aug. 9 briefing with reporters

This is transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters on Monday, Aug. 9, on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 08/09/10 15:18:06 By -

Transcript of Thad Allen's briefing Friday on the Deepwater Horizon spill

This is transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters on Friday, Aug. 6, on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. | 08/06/10 15:32:58 By -

Effects of BP's oil spill might persist for years

A worst-case scenario for the Gulf region, now that the initial wave of oiling is over, is that the effects will persist for years. The economic effect has been estimated as high as $23 billion. | 08/09/10 05:00:05 By - Karen Nelson

Mississippi leaders: Spill's environmental impact overhyped

The it's-not-so-bad crowd says the media and environmentalists have overhyped the environmental impact of the BP disaster. Mississippi leaders, including Gov. Haley Barbour, think that nature, with some assistance from BP workers, can handle the cleanup in a matter of weeks or months, not years. | 08/09/10 05:21:35 By - Geoff Pender

What lies in the Gulf Coast's future after the oil spill?

Oil has stopped flowing, but the BP catastrophe is now ingrained in Gulf life. Evidence and experience indicate environmental, psychological and economic impacts will linger. Nobody can say how bad they will be or how long oil will continue to come ashore. | 08/10/10 05:01:00 By - Anita Lee

With BP oil well capped, Florida looks for business to rebound

In June, Sean Snaith ran the numbers and concluded the Gulf oil crisis might cost Florida's economy $11 billion. This week, the University of Central Florida economist dialed back that nightmare scenario and says the damage will probably be about 80 percent less. Snaith's revised math may be an academic exercise. But it also reflects a hope across the Gulf Coast that the coming weeks will bring a brighter outlook for a battered economy. | 08/06/10 07:09:42 By - Douglas Hanks

Questions from McClatchy regarding BP and oil spill workers

Some responses by BP to questions posed by McClatchy about possible toxic exposure by oil spill workers | 08/05/10 18:26:01 By - Marisa Taylor

Transcript of Thad Allen's briefing Thursday on the Deepwater Horizon spill

This is transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters on Thursday, Aug. 5, on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. | 08/05/10 18:13:05 By -

BP will try to cement Deepwater Horizon well today

BP said it would begin pouring cement into the Deepwater Horizon well today in a procedure that could lead to the permanent sealing of the well. National Incident Commander Thad Allen gave permission for the process after a day of monitoring the well indicated no problems from the successful "static kill" that used heavy drilling mud to drive the crude oil back into the rock formation from which it had surged 106 days earlier. | 08/04/10 20:48:46 By - Mark Seibel

Scientists cast doubt on claims BP spill's no threat to Gulf

Many scientists say they're skeptical of a widely publicized government report Wednesday that concludes much of the oil that gushed from BP's leaking well is gone and poses little threat to the Gulf of Mexico. | 08/04/10 19:52:02 By - Erika Bolstad, Renee Schoof and Margaret Talev

BP well in Gulf killed with heavy mud in 8-hour operation

BP announced early Wednesday that a so-called "static kill" had succeeded in forcing the Deepwater Horizon well's oil back into rock formations 18,000 feet below the sea's surface. "The MC252 well appears to have reached a static condition," BP said in a news release, calling the well by the Mississippi Canyon lease number it was assigned when BP bought the rights to drill from the federal government in 2008. | 08/04/10 05:13:10 By - Mark Seibel

Senate Democrats can't get votes to pass Gulf oil spill bill

Despite months of public outrage over the massive BP oil spill, frustrated Democratic Senate leaders abandoned their effort Tuesday to pass spill-related legislation before leaving for their summer recess later this week. | 08/03/10 18:16:29 By - David Lightman and Erika Bolstad

BP claims 'static kill' has worked on Gulf oil well

After pumping heavy drilling mud for eight hours, BP early Wednesday pronounced it had finally brought its blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico under control. The company and the Obama administration cautioned it would take another step — completion of a relief well later this month — to officially pronounce the monstrous gusher dead, but the apparently successful "hydrostatic kill" operation drove one huge nail in the coffin. | 08/04/10 10:17:52 By - Curtis Morgan

BP begins 'static kill' of Deepwater Horizon well

BP on Tuesday finally began slowly strangling its blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, forcing the oil back down into the same formation from which it surged for 87 days, fouling the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4.9 million barrels of crude. The final kill process began at 3 p.m. CDT. There was no word on how long it would take. | 08/03/10 19:35:31 By - Curtis Morgan

Transcript of Thad Allen's briefing Tuesday on the Deepwater Horizon spill

This is transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters Tuesday, Aug. 3, on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 08/03/10 18:13:40 By -

BP begins 'static kill' of its Deepwater Horizon well

BP said it began pumping the heavy drilling mud at 4 p.m. EDT to begin the "static kill" of the well that for 87 days spewed an estimated 4.9 million barrels into the Gulf of Mexico. BP hopes the drilling mud will force oil now in the well back into the reservoir. If the effort is successful, BP will dump cement into the well to seal it permanently. | 08/03/10 14:39:02 By -

Gulf oil flow was 12 times more than feds' original estimate

As BP neared a fix that's expected to kill for good the runaway well that's wreaked economic and environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, the government Monday said that 10 to 12 times the amount of oil had been flowing from the well than it originally thought. | 08/02/10 21:12:21 By - Erika Bolstad and Lesley Clark

Government defends BP's use of dispersants, but worries linger

The government on Monday defended BP's use of chemicals to disperse millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico as the company neared a fix that's expected to kill for good the runaway well that wreaked economic and environmental catastrophe in the region. | 08/02/10 19:44:03 By - Erika Bolstad and Lesley Clark

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Monday BP oil leak briefing

Thad Allen: Obviously, the topic of the day are the tests leading to the static tests we're going to be doing on the well. I'd like to bring you up to speed on this. | 08/02/10 18:35:55 By -

Could better corporate ethics have prevented BP oil spill?

Religious leaders and scholars are clamoring for more corporate accountability in the wake of what they call the destruction of God's creation in the Gulf of Mexico, and they may have found a partner in their battle cry: the American business school. | 08/02/10 15:19:21 By - Andrew Seidman

BP to conduct final 'static kill' test on Gulf well

BP is expected today to commence the final tests necessary for a so-called "static kill" operation that could lead to a permanent kill of their runaway Gulf of Mexico oil well. | 08/02/10 12:29:18 By - Erika Bolstad

Seeping oil threatens ecosystems in Gulf marshes

The marshes on the Gulf Coast serve as nurseries for shrimp, crabs and other sea life, a nesting ground for pelicans and other birds and a much-needed buffer against hurricanes. The millions of gallons of oil spilled already threatens to kill the intricate ecosystem. Without the marsh, smaller fish won't be able to hide from predators. Shrimp won't breed and birds won't nest. The grasses won't be there to block the tidal surges. | 08/02/10 07:08:54 By - Donna Melton

When will oil spill be cleaned up? Maybe never

After more than three months, BP appears finally to have gotten a firm grasp on its runaway Deepwater Horizon well. Now the big question in the Gulf of Mexico is how, and if, an environmental mess of unprecedented scope can be cleaned up. | 07/30/10 21:11:21 By - Curtis Morgan

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Friday BP oil leak briefing

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters Friday on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/30/10 17:56:25 By -

Next attempt to seal BP well in Gulf likely to begin Tuesday

Officials for BP have moved to Tuesday the likely start for their next effort to kill the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Friday that the delay by a day in the so-called "static kill" was necessary because debris was found at the bottom of a nearby relief well. | 07/30/10 17:27:17 By - Mark Seibel

Despite anger over BP spill, Washington might not act on it

As the Gulf of Mexico focuses on cleaning up the mess left by the BP oil spill, the question facing the nation's capital is: Will Washington clean up its act, too? | 07/30/10 17:19:34 By - Shashank Bengali and William Douglas

Mabus to hold town-hall meetings on Gulf's future

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, President Barack Obama's point man on long-term restoration of the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, heads back to the Gulf next week for town hall meetings in all five states — two a day in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana and one in Texas. | 07/30/10 17:19:23 By - Maria Recio

Cautioned by BP oil spill, Brazil continues deep-sea drilling

Three years ago, the abundant "pre-salt" oil reserves found off Brazil's coast epitomized the country's optimism and rise on the world stage. | 07/30/10 17:19:01 By - Sara Miller Llana and Andrew Downie

For 'oiled' marshlands, time may be the only balm

A few days ago, at least a dozen tiny crabs scurried along the sandy bottom of Jackson Marsh near here, just inches beneath a streak of oily sheen that was racing back into a crude-soaked Gulf of Mexico with the tide. | 07/30/10 15:43:11 By - Donna Melton

Oil-soaked waste worries Gulf Coast landfills' neighbors

At a sprawling landfill some 50 miles from the oil-spotted coastline, trash bags brimming with tar balls, oil-soaked boom, sand, and tangles of sea grass are dumped. | 07/30/10 14:30:27 By - Lesley Clark and Fred Tasker

Florida takes aim at Gulf oil spill-related scams

Florida's state attorney general is investigating two Florida companies over claims they offered free emergency response training for oil spill clean up work but then withheld students' training certificates unless they paid a large fee. | 07/30/10 07:39:49 By - Nirvi Shah

Transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's Thursday briefing

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters July 29 on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The transcript was ditributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/29/10 19:05:00 By -

Gulf states now worry about restoring their image

Louisiana fishermen pray their livelihood will return, hoteliers in Alabama wait for the phones to ring, and New Orleans' finest chefs cook up public relations strategies rather than po'-boys — all because oil has touched their shorelines. | 07/29/10 18:50:12 By - Grace Gagliano and Sara Kennedy

Florida tourism officials hope Obama will swim in Gulf during vacation

When the first lady visited Florida's Gulf Coast, she got her feet wet. Will the president dive in? Much may ride on President Barack Obama's fondness for beaches and body surfing as he readies for next month's family vacation in the Sunshine State. For a tourism industry spending millions to convince vacationers that the Gulf remains a safe a place to swim, footage of Obama plunging into the surf would provide an instant publicity coup after a summer of grueling media coverage of soiled beaches. | 07/29/10 07:17:03 By - Douglas Hanks

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's July 28 briefing on the BP oil disaster

This is the transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's press briefing on the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe for Wednesday, July 28. Allen was joined by Read Adm. Paul Zukunft, the federal on-scene coordinator. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Hoirzon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/28/10 20:57:24 By -

Oil spill reaches 100 day mark, and here's what we know

As the Gulf of Mexico oil spill hit the 100-day mark Wednesday, here are some big developments likely to influence future decisions on offshore exploration. | 07/28/10 20:31:34 By - Curtis Morgan and Fred Tasker

Oil spill's economic damage could take years to identify

Some of the economic consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may take years to identify, and BP's compensation fund should be flexible enough to account for long-term losses, a panel of experts from Alaska's Exxon Valdez tanker spill told a Senate committee Tuesday. | 07/27/10 20:32:28 By - Erika Bolstad

BP to claim $10 billion U.S. tax credit for Gulf oil spill costs

BP said Tuesday that it will charge $32.2 billion to its second quarter results as the likely cost of the the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe, and that based on that it will claim a $9.9 billion credit on its U.S. taxes. Asked whether BP had discussed that with the Obama administration, outgoing BP CEO Tony Hayward said, "We've followed the IRS regulations." | 07/27/10 17:50:23 By - Russ Brit

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's July 27 briefing on the BP oil disaster

This is the transcript of retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen's briefing Tuesday, July 27, on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. He was joined at the briefng by Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/27/10 19:10:55 By -

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's July 26 briefing on the BP oil disaster

This is the transcript of retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen's briefing with reporters Monday, July 26, on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He was joined by Adm. James Galloway of the U.S. Publich Health Service. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/27/10 18:53:25 By -

BP's Bob Dudley predicts Gulf spill has ended, vows cleanup

As he was named the new chief executive of BP, Bob Dudley said with quiet confidence Tuesday that he believed no more oil would spill into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon. Then, the first American to head the British energy company spoke emotionally about his long-term commitment to the Gulf Coast, especially to Mississippi, where he grew up. | 07/27/10 17:18:40 By - Maria Recio

Fishermen eager as Gulf waters closed by BP spill reopen

Capt. Kenneth L. Daniels Jr., a Florida fisherman, is stocking his boats in preparation for a Wednesday departure after the federal government reopened 26,388 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico that had been closed because of oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. No oil has escaped fromthe well for the last 11 days. | 07/26/10 19:24:06 By - Sara Kennedy

Effort to plug well resumes as BP chief reportedly will exit

Amid reports that embattled BP chief executive Tony Hayward is negotiating his departure from the company, the effort to plug the leaky oil well in the Gulf of Mexico got back on track Sunday. | 07/25/10 15:40:52 By - Manny Navarro

Transcript of Thad Allen's July 25 briefing on the BP oil leak

This is the transcript from Adm. Thad Allen's telephone briefing for reporters on Sunday, July 25, on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. The transcript was released by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/26/10 19:11:34 By -

Work resumes on capping runaway Gulf of Mexico oil well

BP vessels that evacuated ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie returned Saturday to the Deepwater Horizon well site in the Gulf of Mexico to resume permanently capping the damaged well after a three-day halt. | 07/26/10 19:15:11 By - Cammy Clark

Transcript of Adm. Allen's briefing July 24 on BP's oil spill

This is the transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's daily briefing with reporters on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster for Saturday, July 24. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/24/10 23:20:29 By -

Drilling rig heads back to BP well site after storm weakens

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Saturday that he expected the Development Driller III, the rig that's drilling the primary relief well for the leaking BP well in the Gulf of Mexico, to be back on site within 24 to 36 hours. | 07/24/10 13:24:59 By - Mark Seibel

Researchers confirm subsea Gulf oil plumes are from BP well

Through a chemical fingerprinting process, researchers have definitively linked clouds of underwater oil to BP's runaway Deepwater Horizon well — the first direct scientific link between the subsurface oil clouds commonly known as "plumes" and the BP oil spill. The finding confirms what in the early days of the spill was denied by BP and viewed skeptically by NOAA — that much of the crude from the Deepwater Horizon well stayed beneath the surface of the water. | 07/23/10 21:21:59 By - Sara Kennedy

Gulf's oil slick, already waning, could vanish with the wind

Starved of its daily dose of crude and under assault by wind, waves, sun, oil-eating bacteria and the largest fleet of oil skimmers ever assembled, the massive oil slick that has stalked the Gulf of Mexico for three months has been shrinking for the past week. Now, a blustery tropical system expected to hit the main spill area Saturday could literally blow much of the slick's remnants away. | 07/23/10 21:20:03 By - Curtis Morgan

Oil state Dems toughest opponents of Obama's drilling ban

When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has to defend the Obama Administration's six month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling, his toughest critics are often those in his own party. | 07/23/10 17:45:23 By - Maria Recio

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's July 23 briefing on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well

This is the transcript of the daily press briefing given by National Incident Commander Thad Allen on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Command. Allen briefed from New Orleans. | 07/23/10 16:30:43 By -

Success at containing earlier oil spills led to BP gusher

After nearly three months of constant gushing, BP's blown-out well has polluted the Gulf of Mexico with more than 80 percent of the total volume of all recorded U.S. oil spills in the last 36 years. Before the enormity of the BP spill, a McClatchy analysis of Coast Guard data found, the oil industry and other handlers of crude oil had made substantial progress in cutting the frequency and size of spills. | 07/23/10 14:45:20 By - Andrew Seidman

Oil workers evacuate Deepwater Horizon site as Tropical Storm Bonnie approaches

Oil recovery workers at the Deepwater Horizon site were pulling up pipes to head to safe waters Friday — out of the way of Tropical Storm Bonnie — for what the chief of the Gulf of Mexico recovery effort cast as a best-case scenario halt to operations for 48 hours. | 07/23/10 12:21:41 By - Carol Rosenberg

Transcript of Thad Allen's July 22 press briefing on the BP oil spill

This is the transcript of national incident Commander Thad Allen's daily briefing with reporters on the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/22/10 19:13:03 By -

Allen orders ships at BP well site to begin evacuation

Thad Allen Thursday night ordered BP to begin evacuating personnel from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Bonnie. The evacuation is likely to delay the completion of a relief well. The last ships to leave would be those providing video monitoring of the sealed containment cap. | 07/22/10 12:23:22 By - Laura Figueroa and Carol Rosenberg

Florida Panhandle gets creative to lure tourists back after BP oil spill

Florida's Panhandle communities are deploying new strategies to lure back tourists who have steered away from the Gulf Coast following the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. From organizing big beach-side bashes to tweeting time-stamped photos of tar ball-free beaches, Panhandle businesses are not only thinking about how they can salvage this summer's depressing tourist season, but how to brand themselves for the future. | 07/22/10 07:07:49 By - Laura Figueroa

BP's oil spill caused by fed's 'dangerous culture of permissiveness'

The Bush administration focused from its earliest days on ramping up domestic oil and gas production, charged House Democrats, but at the same time allowed the industry a "dangerous culture of permissiveness" that culminated in the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. | 07/21/10 19:05:42 By - Erika Bolstad

Transcript of Thad Allen's July 21 briefing on the BP Macondo well

This is the transcript of former Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen's briefing Wednesday of reporters on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Command Center. | 07/21/10 19:00:57 By -

Tropical weather could stall oil spill clean-up operations

A tropical wave that has drenched Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Virgin Islands could -- if it hits the site of the BP oil spill in the Gulf -- delay cleanup and well-closure efforts by as much as two weeks, the federal government said Wednesday | 07/21/10 13:44:59 By - Michael Vasquez

Party-line vote ends Florida's oil drilling ban special session

The Florida House abruptly adjourned a special legislative session after 49 minutes Tuesday, rejecting Gov. Charlie Crist's proposal to let voters place a permanent ban on offshore drilling in the Florida Constitution. The party-line vote to adjourn the session was 67-44, with Republicans supporting adjournment and Democrats in favor of continuing the debate. | 07/20/10 13:44:13 By - Steve Bousquet

Amid leak worries, feds and BP focus on killing Gulf well

The government and BP continue to monitor leaks that appeared this weekend to be an ominous threat to their effort to contain the gush of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. But they've also renewed their focus on permanently capping the well that killed 11 people, fouled the Gulf of Mexico and wreaked economic havoc on the region. | 07/20/10 08:13:04 By - Erika Bolstad

U.S. is closely monitoring BP's response to well seepage

The biggest success in three months of trying to plug the runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico — a cap that has shut the oil down for four days — has also underscored the lingering distrust between BP executives and government officials overseeing the response. It took a late-night teleconference Sunday for BP to persuade the government's point man on the response that the company is doing all it can to ensure that leaks of oil and gas from the seafloor around the well will not make the situation worse. | 07/20/10 07:13:31 By - Daniel Chang and Curtis Morgan

Crist's offshore drilling ban amendment gaining favor with Floridians

As Gov. Charlie Crist worked the phones Monday seeking legislative support for his proposed constitutional amendment to ban oil drilling, polls showed public favor for it may be rising. The four-day special session called by the governor begins at noon Tuesday and is expected to end a few brief hours later. But while the Republican-led Legislature prepared to squash the governor's plan and rob him of a victory he can use in his bid to win the U.S. Senate seat, they may take a political hit in the process. | 07/20/10 07:04:59 By - Steve Bousquet and Mary Ellen Klas

Text of Adm. Allen's Monday statement on continuation of 'integrity test'

This is the statement by National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen released Monday by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/19/10 10:13:11 By -

BP told it can keep well sealed after scare over possible leaks

The Obama administration has authorized BP to keep its Deepwater Horizon well sealed, despite concerns Sunday that scientists have detected leaks of oil and methane gas near the well. In a statement released shortly before 7 a.m. today, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the decision was made after a conference call between BP and government scientists. | 07/19/10 09:53:51 By - Mark Seibel

Oil seep near BP well could mean trouble for relief well plans

Scientists monitoring BP's unstable Deepwater Horizon oil well have detected oil or natural gas seeping from the seafloor nearby and "undetermined anomalies" near the wellhead — signs that the well may have suffered damages that will complicate technicians' abilities to shut off the flow permanently. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen revealed the findings in a letter demanding that BP step up monitoring and prepare to reopen a containment cap that has sealed the well since Thursday. | 07/18/10 23:46:50 By - Mark Seibel

BP well, thought sealed, may be leaking, officials fear

The U.S. government said Sunday that a oil seep has been detected in the area of the BP's blown-out oil well at the bottom of the Gulf — a prospect that suggests uncontrolled leaking into the Gulf is possible. | 07/19/10 00:25:54 By - Jaweed Kaleem

BP says cap still holding oil

The new cap plugging the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico was holding up on Saturday but BP officials still weren't sure if and when they would begin siphoning oil to containment ships on the surface. | 07/17/10 18:09:23 By - Kathleen McGrory

Despite Gulf cleanup efforts, nature will have to do most of it

Now that BP has shut off oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from its broken well for the first time in 12 weeks, the company faces a Herculean task of cleaning up the region's oily mess. | 07/16/10 18:53:07 By - Renee Schoof

Gulf spill raises questions about role of oil consultants

The names, locations and geographical coordinates are different. Otherwise the drilling plans for three oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico contain identical fonts, footnotes, overly optimistic projections and even typographical errors. | 07/14/10 17:45:49 By - Shashank Bengali

Citing threat of 'irreparable' damage, Obama again freezes drilling

Rebuffed by the courts, the Obama administration is trying again to freeze new oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, this time saying such drilling poses an imminent threat of "irreparable damage to the marine, coastal, and human environment." | 07/13/10 06:36:31 By - Steven Thomma

BP continues tests, but can't guarantee cap will succeed

BP will proceed with its delicate testing of its containment cap that could continue to keep oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from its failed well, but the team monitoring the testing isn't 100 percent confident the cap will be successful. | 07/16/10 20:40:19 By - Erika Bolstad

Temporary seal for oil spill seems to be holding

A top BP official said the team working on its runaway oil well was encouraged Friday morning that a temporary seal will continue to keep oil from its deadly gush into the Gulf of Mexico even as they work to complete a permanent relief well. A day after the company stopped the flow of oil and gas for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April, the results of a well integrity test are promising, said Kent Wells, a senior BP official. | 07/16/10 10:08:27 By - Erika Bolstad

Gulf seafood to be tested by California lab

Nearly three months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, there are signs that BP may contain the largest oil spill in U.S. history, and a UC Davis laboratory is preparing for the work to come. One of eight state and federal labs tapped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assess the safety of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, the Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at UC Davis has received $140,000 worth of equipment from the FDA in preparation for the testing. | 07/16/10 06:52:17 By - Lulu liu

BP's pipeline safety record defended by Alaska Rep. Young

BP has had few friends on Capitol Hill in recent months, so it was something of a surprise Thursday when Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, took up the company's case as an Alaska business. Young called the employees of BP "honorable people," and defended the safety record of the 800-mile pipeline system operated by Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. during a House hearing to examine pipeline safety issues across the country. | 07/16/10 06:42:47 By - Erika Bolstad

BP: well 'shut in', no oil leaking

After two days of delay, BP on Thursday started a critical test of a new fitting that at least temporarily has stopped the leak. The company announced that the well had been fully "shut in" at 3:25 p.m. — meaning no oil was leaking from a blown-out well that has spewed nearly 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf over three months. | 07/15/10 16:12:19 By - Curtis Morgan

After a much caution, BP gets okay to begin tests on stopping spill

Following a day-long delay marked by intense double-checking and a briefing for President Barack Obama, the government's spill team decided to let BP begin testing the seal on a massive 75-ton pipe fitting that could finally stop the three-month gush of oil and gas from the company's failed well in the Gulf of Mexico. | 07/17/10 18:22:11 By - Erika Bolstad

Florida banks ask for help due to oil spill problems

Saying the oil spill has already dealt a dangerous blow to Florida's economy, the state's top banking lobbyist has asked federal regulators to suspend certain requirements on financial institutions to avoid even more disastrous consequences -- including bank failures. | 07/14/10 15:58:01 By - Ina Paiva Cordle

With much caution, BP gets okay to begin tests on stopping spill

At the government's insistence, BP postponed crucial testing last night on its most recent effort to cap the well that’s been gushing oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months. | 07/14/10 12:58:02 By - Erika Bolstad

Cap test for Gulf oil spill hits snag

A pivotal moment in the Gulf oil crisis was derailed Tuesday evening when officials announced they needed more time before they could begin choking off the geyser of crude at the bottom of the sea. | 07/14/10 11:42:35 By -

Transcript of Thad Allen's Tuesday briefing on the BP oil leak July 13, 2010

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing on the Deepwater Horizon BP oil catastrophe for Tuesday, May 13. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. Allen briefed from Houston. | 07/13/10 19:39:35 By -

Here's some hope for Gulf: Spill-eating microbes spike

The number of naturally occurring microbes that eat methane grew surprisingly fast inside a plume spreading from BP's ruptured oil well, an oceanographer who was one of the first to detect the plumes said Tuesday. | 07/13/10 18:30:24 By - Renee Schoof

BP plans on testing new cap to stop oil spill

Will a more snugly attached cap finally staunch the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico? BP planned to begin testing that question late Tuesday, leaving Gulf Coast residents and government officials anxious for the answer. | 07/13/10 18:29:29 By - Laura Figueroa and Patricia Mazzei

BP to begin testing new oil well cap

BP will begin tests late Tuesday morning to see if a new, tighter-fitting cap attached to a gushing oil well has completely stanched the flow of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. | 07/13/10 09:46:59 By - Patricia Mazzei

Despite new toughness, Obama faces hurdles in spill

President Barack Obama and his team are tantalizingly close to their first major success in plugging BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after nearly three months of confounding setbacks. Even if the capping plan that's under way works, many struggles lie ahead, however. | 07/12/10 18:29:30 By - Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor

New cap on oil well, testing starts

As the Obama administration issued a fresh moratorium on deep-water drilling Monday, robots maneuvered a new, tighter-fitting cap onto a gushing oil well and BP prepared to test whether its latest effort would at long last stop crude from oozing into the Gulf of Mexico. | 07/12/10 11:36:36 By - Laura Figueroa and Patricia Mazzei

BP's paid less than half of claims

Since the Deepwater Horizon well exploded April 20, BP has paid fewer than half of the claims filed in six states, including Mississippi. The oil giant had received 103,013 claims as of Saturday and had paid 48,795 of them at a cost of nearly $163 million. | 07/11/10 14:15:12 By - MELISSA M. SCALLAN

Pensacola Bay sees boating lifestyle suffer in face of oil spill

While shrimpers and charter captains watch their livelihoods wither away during the oil crisis, Gulf residents who spend leisure time on the water also face a lifestyle under siege. Booms block popular harbors and inlets, marine dealers warn submerged oil can ruin motors and more weekend sailors and anglers are deciding the navigational headaches aren't worth pursuing even their favorite pastimes. | 07/11/10 14:10:19 By - DOUGLAS HANKS

Mississippi marine official sees quick return for coast

The state's top marine official says once BP's oil stops flowing things will be cleaned up in three to six months, that Mississippi's fish are "big, fat and happy" and that shrimp would be safe to eat now — the ban on catching them is based on bureaucracy, not health hazards. | 07/10/10 14:08:10 By - GEOFF PENDER

Is it almost over? BP will try to stop oil flow next week

In a dramatic turn of events, the Obama administration has given BP the go-ahead to remove the containment cap atop the runaway Deepwater Horizon oil well and replace it with a tighter fitting one in an attempt to stop all the oil now flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps as soon as the middle of next week. | 07/09/10 19:48:12 By - Mark Seibel

Gulf lawmakers push tax breaks for businesses hurt by spill

Mississippi GOP Sen. Roger Wicker and five other Gulf Coast lawmakers are pushing for several tax incentives for victims of the oil gusher. The plan would benefit owners of fishing and other tourism-related ventures and businesses that hire workers displaced by the spill. | 07/09/10 18:21:42 By - Michael Newsom

Transcript of Thad Allen's Friday briefing on the BP oil leak

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing on the Deepwater Horizon BP oil catastrophe for Friday, July 9. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. Allen briefed from New Orleans. | 07/09/10 16:21:39 By -

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Thursday briefing on the BP oil leak

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing with reporters Thursday, July 8. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. Allen was in Theodore, Ala. | 07/09/10 14:40:22 By -

Florida Gov. Crist wants offshore drilling ban on ballot

Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday abruptly called for a special session of the Legislature in less than two weeks to ask lawmakers to let voters consider putting a ban on offshore oil drilling in the state Constitution. | 07/09/10 06:48:28 By - Steve Bousquet

Scientists urge U.S. to move quickly to study Gulf oil spill

Frustrated with limited data on the BP oil gusher, a group of independent scientists has proposed a large experiment that would give a clearer understanding of where the oil and gas are going and where they'll do the most damage. Thye say their mission must be undertaken immediately, before BP kills the runaway well. | 07/08/10 19:01:46 By - Renee Schoof

Thad Allen scoffs at idea that BP will finish relief well early

The Obama administration's point man on BP's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster on Thursday dumped cold water on suggestions that BP might be able to plug the well in time for its July 27 announcement of second quarter earnings. | 07/08/10 14:49:10 By - Mark Seibel

Mississippi coast hit by tar mats 'size of school buses'

What appeared to be the largest amount of oily tar to hit the Mississippi Coast at one time was washing in Wednesday night. Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy said the material in Harrison County was "tar mats and patties … kind of the consistency of liver." | 07/08/10 12:23:58 By - Geoff Pender, Melissa Scallan and Donna Melton

Amid the oil spill's waters, scams emerge

Scroll through Craigslist in cities along the Florida Panhandle and in Alabama, and dozens of ads appear with offers for expensive training guaranteed to net jobs cleaning up oil. Not all the jobs are real. Not all the training is legitimate. | 07/08/10 12:02:45 By - Nirvi Shah

Oil containment effort facing 2 key moments

The battle to contain BP's massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is approaching two critical junctures in coming days that could affect how the months-long catastrophe ends. | 07/07/10 19:24:54 By - Mark Seibel

Mississippi business leaders say oil spill blow may last years

The economic effects of the Gulf oil spill are seeping into businesses across South Mississippi and will be felt for years, professionals told BP on Wednesday. One bank vice president said he expects many businesses to default on their loans, leaving the bank with assets worth less than the money owed on them. | 07/07/10 19:21:22 By - Mary Perez

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Wednesday BP oil leak briefing

This is the transcript of retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen's press briefing Wednesday on the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. Allen was aboard the Discoverer Enterprise in the Gulf of Mexico. | 07/07/10 19:01:30 By -

As oil spills, Gulf oysters give way to Rhode Island calamari

It's a scene sorry enough to make a Creole chef cry: a plate of squid served in New Orleans' Charlie's Seafood instead of the usual heaping mound of Louisiana oysters. With the BP Gulf oil disaster now in its 11th week and fishing bans covering a third of the Gulf of Mexico, centuries of Creole cooking traditions have begun to fall. | 07/06/10 17:13:35 By - Audra D.S. Burch

Oil from spill touches beaches of all Gulf states

More than two months after oil from BP's blown-out sea floor well first reached Louisiana, tar balls are now washing onto a Texas beach, meaning the crude has arrived in every Gulf state. | 07/06/10 12:47:06 By -

Gulf Coast fortifies defenses against oil from the spill

As oil spread toward Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and closed more of the Gulf to fishing, defenses were fortified along the Mississippi Coast on Monday. | 07/06/10 12:45:06 By - Mary Perez

Navy blimp sent to oil spill duty

A Navy blimp is en route to the Gulf Coast this morning to aid in the cleanup efforts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, according to a press release from Deepwater Horizon Response External Affairs. | 07/06/10 12:41:28 By -

Despite oil spill, many beaches still drawing crowds

Thousands of people lined the sand in the Florida Panhandle Sunday, basking under a cloudless sky and braving both strong surf and a local health advisory against swimming.. Asked why they still come to a now-notorious destination, and tourists offered a range of motivations, from duty during hard times to skepticism that oil could be that big of a problem. | 07/05/10 00:02:58 By - Douglas Hanks

Defying warnings, swimmers still take to oiled Gulf waters

Images of oiled beaches have sent tourism plunging across the Gulf during a crucial tourist season that included the Fourth of July. But for those that have come to the beach, the water is still tempting, and local governments haven't decided how tough to be about advisories to stay out of the water. | 07/04/10 06:05:14 By - Douglas Hanks

More BP oil spill fallout: Seaside fireworks displays cut back

Add fireworks to the list of seaside pleasures tarred by the Gulf Coast's oil crisis. Fourth of July shows have been canceled across the region, some because of budget woes, others out of fear a stray ember could ignite oily waters. The biggest complication: Barges used to launch fireworks have found more lucrative work offshore. | 07/04/10 05:47:23 By - Douglas Hanks

BP wasted no time preparing for oil spill lawsuits

In the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP publicly touted its expert oil clean-up response, but its preparations for the legal fight to come was what really impressed. In a matter of days, BP signed up experts who otherwise would work for plaintiffs, shopped for top-notch legal teams and drew up waivers for volunteers, fishermen and workers that would take away some of their right to sue. | 07/03/10 17:30:32 By - Marc Caputo

On Day 74 of spill, Mississippi is still unprepared for oil

A new long-range government projection that more oil will hit the Mississippi Coast for at least the next few months doesn't surprise Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame. What does surprise him, 74 days into the BP oil disaster, is that the area is no better prepared than it was two weeks into the disaster. | 07/02/10 19:06:57 By - Geoff Pender

New cap may help with containing oil spill

The first hint of a nearing end to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was voiced Friday by Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, national incident commander in charge of cleanup efforts. By July 15, a new, better cap might replace the present leaky cap on the broken well -- in theory picking up all or nearly all of the spewing oil, at least on an interim basis, he said. | 07/02/10 16:56:58 By - Fred Tasker

Another Gulf mystery: Who's in charge of oil spill research?

As an unprecedented amount of oil fouls the Gulf of Mexico, research scientists and ocean experts say the Obama administration's efforts to discover the magnitude of the damage are surprisingly uncoordinated. | 07/02/10 16:27:56 By - Renee Schoof

Transcript of Thad Allen's briefing Friday on the BP Gulf oil disaster

This is the transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's briefing Friday with reporters on the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe. The transcript was distribuited by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 07/02/10 15:47:16 By -

Is BP rejecting skimmers to save money on Gulf oil cleanup?

Investment banker Fred D. McCallister of Dallas says he's been trying since June 5 to offer a dozen Greek skimming vessels from a client to BP for the cleanup. BP says no. McCallister thinks the answer is that by letting the oil sink on its own, BP can stretch out the cost of the cleanup for years. | 07/02/10 13:12:06 By - Anita Lee

Oil spill cleanup waste might be heading to local landfills

Local leaders on Mississippi's coast are afraid that some of the waste generated by the oil spill cleanup, including bags of tar balls, gooey oil, oiled boom and workers' oil-stained clothing, will go to nearby landfills — after they asked BP and state environmental regulators not to put it there. | 07/01/10 23:12:34 By - Karen Nelson

Oil found in Gulf crabs raises new food chain fears

University scientists have spotted the first indications oil is entering the Gulf seafood chain — in crab larvae — and one expert warns the effect on fisheries could last "years, probably not a matter of months" and affect many species. | 07/01/10 19:34:53 By - Geoff Pender

Gulf business owners say BP is 'nickel and diming' them

As hundreds of business owners shuffle through the claims process to recover losses caused by the oil disaster, BP's promise that it will "deny no legitimate claim" is taking on a bitter meaning. The problem: BP's definition of what it is willing to cover. | 07/01/10 15:10:56 By - Mary Ellen Klas

Transcript of National Incident Commander Thad Allen's White House briefing Thursday

National Incident Commander Thad Allen briefed reporters at the White House Thursday on the BP's Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. This is the transcript of that breifing, which include White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The transscript was provided by the White House. | 07/01/10 19:46:04 By -

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Wednesday BP oil leak briefing

This is the transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's daily press briefing on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for Wednesday, June 30. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. Allen breifed from Washington.| 07/01/10 15:53:25 By -

EPA says more testing needed to know dispersants' impacts

The first round of government tests of the chemical dispersants that are being used to break up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico found that they aren't overly damaging to shrimp and small fish, but more tests are needed to determine what happens when they're mixed with oil. | 06/30/10 20:12:47 By - Renee Schoof

Containment booms a boon for Tacoma company

Tacoma Tent & Awning Co., which saw its business grow quickly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation five years ago, is now building thousands of feet of oil-containment booms needed to keep the crude still spewing from a runaway Gulf of Mexico well from spreading to more beaches, inlets and marinas on the Gulf Coast. | 06/30/10 14:30:12 By - John Gillie

Are sea turtles burning alive? Groups to sue BP, Coast Guard

Two environmental groups on Tuesday filed formal notice of their intention to sue BP, the Coast Guard and a string of federal agencies involved in the cleanup. They contend the practice of corraling and torching oil at sea was being conducted without first adequately checking for turtles and likely claiming hundreds of them, including endangered Kemp's ridleys. | 06/30/10 14:16:07 By - Curtis Morgan

Oil hitting Mississippi beaches by the ton

Out of curiosity, James and Cathy Adams drove 380 miles from Pontotoc to see the oil coming ashore in Harrison County. At the water's edge behind Snapper's Seafood Restaurant, Cathy Adams peeled a pancake of oily material from the beach and held it in her hands. It was like soft caramel, she said. "This is the first tar balls we've seen," she said. | 06/30/10 13:27:41 By - Donna Melton

Health of Exxon Valdez cleanup workers was never studied

You'd think that more than 20 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, scientists would know what, if any, long-term health dangers face the thousands of workers needed to clean up the Gulf of Mexico spill. You'd be wrong. | 06/29/10 20:21:30 By - Kyle Hopkins

Tropical storm halts Gulf oil skimming, booming efforts

Rough seas and high winds from Tropical Storm Alex, churning in the Gulf of Mexico far west of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, forced the suspension Tuesday of skimming and booming operations off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida, a BP spokesman said. | 06/29/10 17:31:35 By - Charles Rabin and Daniel Chang

Foreign countries use oil spill as a wake-up call

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been a wake-up call for the countries of the Americas -- some who fret tar balls could reach their beaches and damage fisheries and others who question the safety of their own offshore drilling programs. | 06/29/10 14:30:19 By - Mimi Whitefield

A suicide reminds Gulf coast of mental toll from BP oil spill

When Allen "Rookie" Kruse shot himself aboard his boat last week, his crew wondered why they hadn't noticed his sudden depression. Then the realization hit: everyone is down after more than two months of a massive oil spill. | 06/28/10 11:54:33 By - Robert Samuels

Mississippi officials slam Coast Guard as BP oil hits shores

What South Mississippi officials had been fearing for weeks came true Sunday when large, gooey globs of weathered oil, chocolate-colored oil patties and tar balls washed ashore in quantity along the Mississippi Coast. Local officials were livid, saying the Coast Guard and BP had failed to move fast enough Saturday, even though it was apparent the oil was heading toward the shoreline. | 06/27/10 22:19:28 By - Anita Lee and Margaret Baker

Louisiana applauds judge's offshore drilling ruling

The oil industry employs 32,000 people in Louisiana's coastal parishes and pumps an estimated $3 billion into the state economy. In cities like Houma in Terrebonne Parish, more than 60 percent of the jobs are oil-related. So when U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled last week that the Obama administration had overstepped its authority by ordering a six-month moratorium on deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, he became a folk hero. | 06/27/10 18:57:30 By - Lesley Clark and Robert Samuels

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Saturday briefing on the BP oil spill

This is the transcript of Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen's briefing Saturday with reporters. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 06/27/10 22:45:31 By -

No skimmers in sight as oil floods into Mississippi waters

The sight of wide ribbons of oil for as far as the eye could see Saturday morning was bad enough. But what really angered U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor as he flew over the Mississippi Sound was the absence of any organized effort to skim the oil from the surface. | 06/26/10 17:50:10 By - Karen Nelson

Protesters join hands along beaches over offshore oil drilling

The scene at Anna Maria Island in Florida was mimicked around the Gulf coast on Saturday, with protests throughout Florida and Mississippi as beach lovers joined hands to demonstrate against offshore drilling and its environmental effects. | 06/26/10 18:45:11 By - Sara Kennedy

BP played big role in Alaska blowout preventer probe

When two Alaska state agencies received complaints in 2005 that a BP drilling contractor routinely cheated on tests of blowout preventers and that BP knew it, the agencies let both companies join the investigation. In at least three instances, after witnesses confirmed allegations, company lawyers took them aside for private conversations. One witness recanted his statement immediately after emerging from his private meeting with a company attorney, state records show. | 06/26/10 17:33:04 By - Richard Mauer

Tropical Storm Alex no threat yet to BP oil spill efforts

The storm was likely to pass over the Yucatan land mass early Sunday, weakening a bit before emerging in the Bay of Campeche early next week and strengthening again, possibly into a weak Category 1 hurricane. The storm was too far from the Deepwater Horizon site for now to trigger an evacuation. | 06/26/10 15:24:47 By - David Ovalle

Is it time to consider barring BP from federal oil leases?

The federal government should consider barring oil giant BP from drilling on federal land or holding onto its existing leases, says a recently retired federal attorney who spent years dogging BP's operations in Alaska. | 06/25/10 20:07:00 By - Lisa Demer

As oil threatens Mississippi, Barbour at GOP fundraisers

Gov. Haley Barbour rushed back to Mississippi from Washington early on Friday upon news that large amounts of oil is threatening the Coast, and said his national political work is not distracting him from guiding the Magnolia State through the BP disaster. | 06/25/10 20:55:06 By - Geoff Pender

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Friday BP oil leak briefing

This is the transcript of Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen's daily briefing on the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. It was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. All brief from Washington. | 06/25/10 17:03:06 By -

A Gulf gale might halt BP oil collection efforts for two weeks

With a tropical weather system possibly forming in the western Caribbean, the Obama administration's point man on the Deepwater Horizon disaster warned Friday that the prediction of gale force winds within five days would prompt the abandonment of oil collection efforts. | 06/25/10 14:22:38 By - Carol Rosenberg

Effort to kill BP's runaway well enters crucial phase

Unlike the previous public drama, this act will unfold miles below the seabed, as drill technicians begin delicately maneuvering a relief well that they hope will pierce and cap the gushing oil well. At stake is whether the Gulf of Mexico gusher ends in mid-August or persists, perhaps for months. | 06/24/10 18:48:31 By - Mark Seibel

NOAA: BP well produced undersea oil plumes

After four cruises into the oil-stained waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a team of federal scientists Wednesday released a report confirming what other researchers concluded weeks ago: ``The preponderance of evidence'' points to BP's ruptured well as the source of massive undersea oil plumes. | 06/24/10 14:46:29 By - Curtis Morgan

Oil enters Mississippi Sound

Boats were trying Wednesday to contain and skim oil inside the Mississippi Sound from the BP disaster - one a patch a mile long and a couple hundred yards wide, and another south of Petit Bois Island near the Alabama line. | 06/24/10 13:12:45 By - Geoffrey Pender

Florida woman files BP claim over botched home sale

Joan Dickinson says she was about to sell her home on Anna Maria Island overlooking Tampa Bay when the buyers walked, citing the BP oil spill. Her case appears to be a rare instance of the spill threatening property sales. | 06/24/10 07:54:40 By - Grace Gagliano

'Top hat' back in place at runaway BP well after mishap

BP provided only a scant explanation for the sudden decision Wednesday morning to remove the 'top hat' containment device from the Deepwater Horizon well. After 10 hours during which crude oil gushed unhindered into the Gulf of Mexico, the device was back in place, BP said. | 06/23/10 23:23:41 By - Mark Seibel

Doctors call for help protecting Gulf oil spill workers

A group of doctors who've tracked 9/11 rescue workers' illnesses urged the Obama administration to "prevent a repetition of costly mistakes" made after the terrorist attacks by protecting Gulf Coast oil spill workers from toxic exposure. | 06/23/10 18:20:28 By - Marisa Taylor

BP oil leak setback: 'Top hat' removed, oil flow unhindered

Workers removed the "top hat" collecting crude oil from BP's gushing Deepwater Horizon well Wednesday morning in a major setback to efforts to contain the leak, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters in his daily briefing. A video feed from the leak showed crude gushing unhindered into the water for the first time since the "top hat" device, also referred to as the Lower Marine Riser Package, was set in place June 3. | 06/23/10 12:31:15 By - Mark Seibel

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Wednesday BP oil leak briefing

This is the transcript of Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen's daily briefing with reporters on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for Wednesday, June 23. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Bureau. Allen briefed from Washington. | 06/23/10 16:45:53 By -

Oil spill coats Florida Panhandle beaches with miles of sticky goo

The worst blow yet to the Florida coastline from the growing oil spill struck Wednesday morning in an eight-mile line of thick sticky goo that stained the pristine sands of Pensacola Beach. Workers spent the day raking up the chocolate-brown oil mats and tar patches that washed ashore overnight, and the state ordered road graders to lift the gunk from the once-white beaches. | 06/23/10 16:12:48 By - Mary Ellen Klas and Carol Rosenberg

Rep. Barton apologizes - again - for BP comment

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, secured his position as the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this morning by apologizing -- again -- for his explosive comments about BP, this time to the House Republican Conference. | 06/23/10 12:16:05 By - Maria Recio

Arctic drilling still a no-go, despite judge's moratorium ruling

The ruling by a federal judge in New Orleans overturning an offshore drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico does not affect the Interior Department's decision not to consider applications to drill in the Arctic until 2011. | 06/22/10 19:17:46 By - Erika Bolstad

Judge blocks deepwater drilling ban; Obama to appeal

A federal judge Tuesday struck down President Barack Obama's six-month ban on new deepwater drilling, siding with oil companies that argued that it would harm their businesses, eliminate jobs and weaken the economies of Gulf Coast states. | 06/22/10 19:05:25 By - Shashank Bengali

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's Tuesday BP oil leak briefing

This is the transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's daily press briefing Tuesday, June 22, 2010, on the Deepwater Horizon gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. The transcript was distributed by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. | 06/22/10 19:04:51 By -

Florida aims to save the brown pelicans

In the months since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, hundreds of soaring brown pelicans -- Louisiana's official state bird -- have been drenched in oil and grounded, their startling images now powerful symbols of the sweeping damages delivered by a stubborn leak. | 06/22/10 18:22:01 By - Audra D.S. Burch

Apalachicola, home of Florida's fertile oyster beds, awaits the oil spill

Florida coastal protection measures edged ever eastward Tuesday with Franklin County workers laying boom to protect fragile estuaries around this famed oystering community. | 06/22/10 18:18:28 By - Jennifer Lebovich and Carol Rosenberg

Mysterious foam not oil from the spill but algae

Preliminary reports show a rusty-looking substance that washed into the Bay of St. Louis and onto beaches on Sunday was algae, said Hancock County Emergency Manager Brian Adam. | 06/22/10 18:13:34 By - Geoff Pinder

Transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's press briefing Monday on the BP oil leak

This is the transcript of Adm. Thad Allen's breifing with reporters for Monday, june 21, 2010, on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The transcript was provided by the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. Allen was in New Orleans. | 06/21/10 19:32:53 By -

Even in small California race, the gulf oil spill looms large

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has symbolically drifted West and fueled a gusher of an election on California's photogenic Central Coast. | 06/21/10 14:20:18 By - Susan Ferriss

GOP's Buchanan plans bill to hold oil companies accountable

Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, plans to introduce legislation designed to hold oil companies accountable for offshore spills, and to reform the federal government’s oversight process, he said today. | 06/21/10 12:10:37 By - Sara Kennedy

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