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BP's Gulf Oil Spill: 1 Year Later

One year after the blowout at the Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent burning and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, what has been learned?

  • April 20, 2011

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

Deepwater spill survey: Smoke on the water, burnt oil in the sky

Editor's Note: A team of researchers led by John Kessler, Texas A&M College of Geosciences chief scientist and assistant oceanography professor, traveled to the Deepwater Horizon disaster area to study the methane leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (along with tens thousands of barrels of crude oil) daily at the site of the damaged Macondo 252 well.

June 21, 2010 — David Valentine and Eric Chan

Oil spill's human health impacts might extend into the future

Scientists are still assessing the ecological damage wrought by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year. Other researchers, however, are looking at subtler signs of the disaster's potential impacts on human health.

August 16, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Will the Oil Spill Kill Sperm Whales?

A group of endangered sperm whales live in the vicinity of the oil spill--and now one of them has turned up dead. David Biello reports

June 20, 2010

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