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... more »
As crews try to finish up the work that they hope will seal a blown-out oil well for good, they're keeping an eye on the weather in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters say a cluster of thunderstorms in the eastern Gulf could pass near the oil spill site. The... more »
Today could be the beginning of sealing up BP's blown-out oil well for good.
Engineers in the Gulf of Mexico hope to begin shoving mud through lines installed last month straight down the throat of the leaky well. If mud forces the oil back into the massive underground reservoir... more »
Efforts to plug the leaky oil well in the Gulf of Mexico are back on track after work was brought to a halt late last week because of the threat from Tropical Storm Bonnie.
Workers plan to reconnect a drill rig to the relief tunnel that will be used... more »
Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico are preparing to evacuate as a tropical rainstorm brewing in the Caribbean brings the deep-sea effort to plug BP's ruptured oil well to a near standstill.
Though the rough weather is hundreds of miles from the spill site... more »
BP says it temporarily halted drilling on a relief well meant to permanently plug its Gulf of Mexico oil leak while it prepares to test a temporary cap on the well.
Kent Wells, a senior vice president in the company, said at a Wednesday morning news briefing they were... more »
The leader of the oil spill relief effort says it's possible a well being drilled to contain the gusher in the Gulf could be completed ahead of schedule. But a lot of things would have to go right.
National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Thursday in Alabama that crews... more »
A former Pemex engineer in charge of deepwater drilling operations during a 1979 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says BP may need both relief wells it's drilling to contain the gusher in the Gulf.
BP is more confident that the first relief well should do the job.... more »
The relief well being drilled in the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico is BP's confident hope for a solution to stop the gusher fouling the region.
But what if it doesn't work?
At the very least, oil would continue to spill while workers try something else. The... more »