Citing "significant process" in the safety of future drilling operations, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar ha lifted the deep water drilling moratorium. This affects rigs drilling in 500 feet of water or more. Each company will have to certify that it has complied with all safety rules and regulations.... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's massive oil spill has passed a sobering benchmark.
Based on the highest of the federal government's estimates, it's now the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico. The ruptured well has been gushing oil for two and a half months, hitting the 140.6 million... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 8,000 square miles of closed fishing waters have been reopened in the Gulf of Mexico because no oil has been observed there.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday said the most significant opening is an area south of Mississippi, which was... more »
Nearly 5,000 feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a black cloud of oil continues to spew from a ruptured well. Live video is available at several sites for those who want a look. Despite the somber subject, the technology is amazing.
BP is now burning some... more »
Scientists with the University of South Florida say laboratory tests have confirmed that oil from a spewing Gulf of Mexico well has accumulated in at least two extensive plumes deep underwater.
The researchers said in Baton Rouge on Friday that tests confirmed their initial findings that were based on... more »
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano says federal officials are working to hold BP PLC responsible for cleaning up the growing Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Napolitano said Monday that she's heartsick about damage to Grand Isle, south of New Orleans, where thick oil has been washing up. She... more »
Environmentalists who challenged plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean will have the Gulf of Mexico disaster to boost their arguments against offshore exploration to a federal appeals court in Oregon.
Shell Oil has already been granted permits to drill exploratory wells this summer in the Arctic... more »