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4 years 2 weeks ago

Testing almost finished on BP top kill

Sometime later today, officials are expected to deliver the verdict on whether BP's problem oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is permanently plugged. Test results will determine if the BP gusher has been sealed well enough to declare the operation complete. National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the...

4 years 1 month ago

Testing delayed on oil well cap

BP is delaying critical tests on a new well cap designed to finally stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico after government officials said more analysis was needed on the plan. BP engineers were scheduled to start slowly shutting off valves on the 75-ton metal stack...

4 years 3 months ago

Saw stuck in latest Gulf oil fix

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says crews are shooting chemical dispersants at oil that began leaking when a saw became stuck in the latest attempt to contain the Gulf oil gusher. The saw snagged as it was cutting through a pipe on a busted well. Allen said Wednesday the...

4 years 3 months ago

U.S. launches criminal probe of BP spill

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Holder would not specify which companies or individuals might be the targets of the probe. He said federal clean air and pollution laws give him the...

4 years 3 months ago

Changes coming in offshore drilling

Experts say the petroleum industry's loose regulation and failure to plan for the worst is likely to change given the focus of attention on BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Regulators are likely to make permitting, inspections and equipment requirements for rigs more stringent. Lawmakers want...

4 years 3 months ago

Smaller container reaches gulf seafloor

BP says a second, smaller container has reached the seafloor, but it hasn't yet been placed over the blown-out well fouling the Gulf of Mexico. BP spokesman Bill Salvin said Wednesday that the 2-ton box had reached the seabed overnight. He says it hasn't been positioned over the...

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