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Containing and Cleaning Up the Deepwater Oil Rig Disaster

On April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico sank the oil rig and created a leak that has spewed millions of gallons into the water. This report contains our ongoing coverage of this disaster.

  • May 7, 2010

How Bad Is the Oil Spill?

As bad as it is, BP's Gulf oil spill dwindles compared with gushers of the past. David Biello reports

May 12, 2010

"Top kill" goes on into the night [update]

After a 16-hour pause to evaluate the effects of the "top kill" operation, BP plans to start pumping mud again this evening in an attempt to staunch the flow of oil from the MC 252 well in the Gulf of Mexico.

May 27, 2010 — David Biello

Oil spill threatens endangered species at a critical time

The true impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico won't be known for weeks—if not months or years—but already the spreading oil presents a danger to the region's threatened and endangered species.

May 3, 2010 — John Platt

Nanotech Paper Sops Up Oil Spills

A nanotech material absorbs oil but repels water, making it a possibly perfect picker-upper for tanker spills. Cynthia Graber reports.

June 10, 2008

Awash in Oil

There's plenty of cheap oil, says the U.S. Geological Survey

September 1, 2000 — Eric Niiler

House votes to let offshore drilling ban expire

A 26-year moratorium on offshore drilling will expire on Wednesday, after the House approved a temporary-spending package today sans a planned extension of the ban.

September 24, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Oil spill worsens, offshore drilling plans in dire straits?

The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill keeps getting worse—now gushing more than 200,000 gallons per day, according to NOAA estimates—five times more than original estimates and more than BP's absolute worst case scenario in disaster plans filed with the government.

April 29, 2010 — David Biello

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