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Observing Gulf Oil Spill Anniversary

Item: Deepwater Horizon victims' families mark first anniversary of oil spill: Relatives of the 11 workers killed when BP's rig burst into flames overfly the site by helicopter while oil still washes up on beaches/Associated Press

More Info: Relatives of some of the 11 men who died aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig are to fly over the Gulf of Mexico to mark the first anniversary of the worst offshore oil spill in US history. On land, vigils were scheduled in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to mark the moment on the night of 20 April last year when the rig, owned by Transocean Ltd, burst into flames while drilling a well for BP.

Question: Did the Gulf Oil spill one year ago today change your view of deep-water drilling off our coasts?

Oil Stops Flowing Into Gulf Of Mexico

Oil stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in nearly three months, as BP resumed a critical and repeatedly delayed integrity test Thursday of its well. BP could not guarantee that no oil would be released throughout the duration of the test, which will continue for at least 6 hours and could last up to 48 hours. “It felt very good not to see any oil go into the Gulf of Mexico,” BP senior vice president Kent Wells told reporters during a Thursday afternoon technical update. “Clearly, I’m trying to maintain a strict focus but we are very encouraged.” Oil stopped gushing at 2:25 p.m., Wells said, when engineers closed the choke line/USA Today. More here. (AP/BP photo)

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In The News: Oil Rig Burns, Sinks

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning in this Wednesday photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip. The oil platform that burned for 36 hours after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico today. Eleven workers are still missing. Story here. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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