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Methane levels from Deepwater Horizon 'remain high'

Microbial activities in the Gulf of Mexico suggests that gas-rich deepwater plumes following the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout overwhelmed methane-oxidizing bacterial species, leading to high concentrations of methane lasting for a very long time.

U.S. federal court rejects BP efforts to end oil spill pay-outs

A federal court in the U.S. has rejected BP requests to halt payments over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil company said many claims filed were fictitious.

How microbes helped clean up Deepwater Horizon

Bacteria living in the Gulf of Mexico beaches were able to "eat up" the contamination from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This finding could help with tackling future oil spills.

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf oil spill evidence

Houston - Oil services giant Halliburton has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of destroying key evidence in the wake of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent massive oil spill.

British Petroleum's $7.8 billion payout approved by judge

Just recently, a US District Judge approved a settlement in which British Petroleum is paying out $7.8 billion dollars to anybody that agreed to settle.

EPA to BP: No new contracts with the federal government

Asides from having to pay out $4.5 billion, BP has something else to deal with: a ban from the EPA from pursuing new contracts with the federal government.

BP agrees to plead guilty, pay more than $4 billion in penalties

The British oil company, BP, and the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) and Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), have reached a settlement agreement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated much of the gulf coast.

Wildlife, Gulf Coast area once again at risk due to BP oil leak

BP is once again making headlines in the Gulf of Mexico, this time due to oil seeping from the abandoned containment dome used to help stop the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

BP, Obama race to settle Deepwater lawsuit before Feb. trial date

New Orleans - Back on track, oil behemoth BP announced on Tuesday it made $24 billion in 2011, and as a February 27 trial date over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon debacle approaches, the company’s lawyers are being accused of “hide-and-stall tactics.”

Op-Ed: More oil madness — BP to drill in the Shetlands

Less than eighteen months after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and environmental disaster, the company behind it has been given the go ahead to drill in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

1 million pounds of carbon released after Gulf of Mexico spill

One million pounds of carbon were released into the atmosphere following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill, according to researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

New report calls for end to all new offshore drilling

Tucson - BP's catastrophe last year in the Gulf of Mexico that spilled more than 205 million gallons of oil into the ocean's waters, the result of fundamental dangers not being addressed, has led to a new report calling for an end to all new offshore drilling.

BP executives could face manslaughter charges

Washington - US prosecutors are assessing whether to pursue manslaughter charges against BP company managers over last year’s Gulf of Mexico fiasco that took the lives of 11 workers and created the largest environmental disaster in the country’s history.

BP gets first dibs on drilling in Gulf of Mexico again

Washington - The US government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced this week it issued a deepwater drilling permit to Noble Energy, a minor owner of a well that BP has a 46.5 percent stake in.

US military to buy Gulf of Mexico seafood as testing continues

Washington - The US military will begin purchasing Gulf of Mexico seafood and offering it at 72 base commissaries along the East Coast, replacing previously imported seafood and giving a boost to the ailing seafood industry along the Gulf coast.

US Justice Department sues BP for Gulf oil spill

Washington - The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit Wednesday against BP Exploration and Production Inc. and several other companies, in their first major legal action resulting from the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

With Deepwater well plugged, focus now on shoreline clean-up

Those who live close to the Gulf of Mexico are concerned about reports of oil being found below the surface of the sand on beaches. However, a lack of clarity about rules has meant confusion and frustration remain the norm for Gulf residents.

Gulf oil spill troubles far from over as oil found on Gulf floor

The news that the oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster had dissipated brought relief for many after a tense 97 days following the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon and the oil gusher that appeared to have no end.

Scientists: 79% of oil spill still 'lurks in the deep'

New research challenges the Obama administration’s stance on the BP oil spill as being “absolutely incorrect” and shows at least 79 percent of the oil remains under the Gulf of Mexico’s surface, far from view and wreaking more havoc on marine life

BP comes under scrutiny for use of prisoners during Gulf clean-up

BP's use of prisoners to assist with the oil spill clean-up has been called an "open secret." In other words, the use of prisoners was not hidden -- but BP has not openly admitted to the project either.

US scientists question use of dispersants on Gulf oil spill

Senators and scientists are asking questions about the use of dispersants to tame the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, expressing concerns about the long-term impacts of what is being called a "toxic brew."

Refined estimates show BP oil spill released 4.9 million barrels

Newly refined estimates released on Monday by the US government show oil spewed from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill site at a rate of 53,000 barrels per day immediately preceding the capping stack installation on July 15.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill waste being land-filled

It looks as if the worst of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is over, and now all that is left to do is clean up the mess and tally the destruction the spill caused for wildlife and businesses.

Photoshopped BP oil spill pics discovered, BP fesses up

BP makes photographs of its oil spill response available to the public. Some people have maintained that BP wasn't telling the truth with its pictures.

Op-Ed: Secrecy surrounding the Gulf Coast devastation is criminal

When collusion and secrecy kills: the lies and deceptions used by BP and the government to conceal rising reports of illnesses and injuries, and lethal levels of toxic chemicals devastating the Gulf Coast are criminal

Package bomb possibly targeted Texas oil executive, woman injured

Houston - Disguised as a package of chocolates and left on the doorstep of a Texas oil executive, the bomb went off when a woman opened the apparent gift.

How BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill belongs to every consumer

Think crude oil, and most people make a logical leap to fuel for vehicles. What we forget, because it's not something we discuss every day, is that petroleum is used to manufacture plastic products.

Sea Shepherd not afraid to fly over BP's uncontrolled oil spill

With reports coming out about BP attempting to control media access to the actual site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is not afraid to step in.

BP shareholders turned a blind eye to safety

BP investors who claim they were misled on the company's safety record did everything they could to let themselves be duped, a leading environmentalist has claimed.

Health concerns emerge over BP oil spill

Seventy-three days after the Gulf Coast oil crisis began, people are being advised to avoid some coastal areas affected by the BP oil spill. Also, there are concerns over the health and safety of workers involved in clean-up efforts.
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Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
US Coast Guard
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A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be dis...
A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be disposed of safely
Deepwater Horizon Response
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The oil spill streaming into the Gulf of Mexico
The oil spill streaming into the Gulf of Mexico
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A schematic issued by the United States Coast Guard that illustrates the distances between the Deepw...
A schematic issued by the United States Coast Guard that illustrates the distances between the Deepwater Horizon, the oil spill and shore lines.
Courtesy of the United States Coast Guard
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The fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig helped create the disaster from The Examiner.
The fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig helped create the disaster from The Examiner.
The Examiner
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Obtaining samples of sediment from the sea floor one mile down close to the well-head.
Obtaining samples of sediment from the sea floor one mile down close to the well-head.
CBS Evening News
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File photo: Clouds of smoke billow up from controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico May 1...
File photo: Clouds of smoke billow up from controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico May 19, 2010. The controlled burns were set to reduce the amount of oil in the water following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Photo by John Kepsimelis, U.S. Coast Guard
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Deepwater Horizon oil spill imagined in true color on May 17 by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA s T...
Deepwater Horizon oil spill imagined in true color on May 17 by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's TERRA satellite.
NASA Goddard / Rob Gutro
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Dr. Brian Stacy  NOAA veterinarian  prepares to clean an oiled Kemp s Ridley turtle.
Dr. Brian Stacy, NOAA veterinarian, prepares to clean an oiled Kemp's Ridley turtle.
NOAA: National Ocean Service
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Workers clean up oil along a beach at South Pass  La. May 11  2010 near where the the Mississippi Ri...
Workers clean up oil along a beach at South Pass, La. May 11, 2010 near where the the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. (Courtesy photo)
Deepwater Horizon Response
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GULF of MEXICO - A High Volume Offshore Skimming System (VOSS) skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico nea...
GULF of MEXICO - A High Volume Offshore Skimming System (VOSS) skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, La., April 28, 2010. Approximately 76 vessels are responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident oil spill.
U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.
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24 May - USA. Activists write a warning in oil on the ship  Harvey Explorer  which is scheduled to d...
24 May - USA. Activists write a warning in oil on the ship "Harvey Explorer" which is scheduled to depart in July to support oil drilling operations in the Arctic.
Greenpeace USA
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Kemp s Ridley is an extremely endangered Sea Turtle. The US National Park Service every year hatches...
Kemp's Ridley is an extremely endangered Sea Turtle. The US National Park Service every year hatches these turtles and releases them to the sea after incubation to help increase their numbers. Seen here is an annual "Sea Turtle Hatchling Release" event at Padre Island National Seashore.
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Underwater photographs of the oil leaks discovered Saturday.  The well is leaking an estimated 1 000...
Underwater photographs of the oil leaks discovered Saturday. The well is leaking an estimated 1,000 barrels of oil a day.
Courtesy of the United States Coast Guard
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Oil samples taken from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. Samantha Joye   University of Georgia ...
Oil samples taken from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. Samantha Joye, University of Georgia, September. 2010.
Dr. Samantha Joye
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Clouds of smoke billow up from controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico May 19  2010. The...
Clouds of smoke billow up from controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico May 19, 2010. The controlled burns were set to reduce the amount of oil in the water following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
John Kepsimelis/US Coast Guard
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Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wikimedia Commons
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Anchor handling tugs battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
Anchor handling tugs battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
Photo courtesy US Coast Guard
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Map showing Crimea and the North Crimea Canal  running from southern Ukraine and down into Crimea. I...
Map showing Crimea and the North Crimea Canal, running from southern Ukraine and down into Crimea. It is the red line running across the northeastern part of the country.
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A satellite view of the oil spill as of May 1  2010.  NASA s Terra satellite flew over the Deepwater...
A satellite view of the oil spill as of May 1, 2010. NASA's Terra satellite flew over the Deepwater Horizon rig's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, May 1 and captured a natural-color image of the slick from space. The oil slick resulted from an accident at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team
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