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  • Interior Department curbs future Arctic offshore drilling

    The Interior Department announced Friday it is canceling future lease sales and will not extend current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, a decision that significantly reduces the …


  • Panel: Dollars did not trump safety in Gulf spill

    The presidential commission investigating the BP Gulf oil spill challenged claims in Congress that the oil company and others sacrificed safety to cuts cost. In preliminary findings issued today, the …


  • Cement starts flowing to plug BP well for good

    Crews started pumping cement today deep under the seafloor to permanently plug BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.


  • BP forces cement into Gulf oil well

    LOS ANGELES – It took BP a mere five hours to pump a stream of cement down the throat of its troublesome well Thursday, finishing another major step in its …


  • Officials respond to well fix with cautious optimism

    VENICE, La. – BP’s long and halting effort to bring an end to the Gulf of Mexico disaster crossed a key threshold Wednesday when the company packed its ruptured well …


  • Crush of mud plugs BP’s well in the Gulf

    In the end, it was a crush of mud that finally plugged the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, three months after the offshore drilling rig explosion that unleashed …


  • Pressure drops as static kill fills well

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO – BP embarked Tuesday on an operation that could seal the biggest offshore oil leak in U.S. history once and for all, forcing mud down …


  • 4.9 million barrels spilled in the Gulf

    LOS ANGELES – BP’s outlaw well released more than 200 million gallons of oil before it was capped, government officials said Monday, as the company prepared to stuff the well …


  • Engineers prepare next oil spill remedy

    NEW ORLEANS – The only thing keeping millions more gallons of oil out of the Gulf of Mexico right now is a rush job: an experimental cap that has held …


  • Crews prepare relief well for oil gusher

    NEW ORLEANS – Crews took another step toward readying the relief well expected to finally kill the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, removing the plug they had popped in before …


  • BP positions for fresh start

    NEW ORLEANS – Battered BP began reinventing itself in the shadow of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Tuesday, naming its first American CEO as it reported a record $17 …


  • BP’s Hayward to leave as CEO; Russia job in works

    Tony Hayward, who became the face of BP’s flailing efforts to contain the massive Gulf oil spill, will step down as chief executive in October and be offered a job …


  • BP scuttling embattled CEO

    ATLANTA – After a bruising week of gulf oil-spill hearings and more scrutiny to come, BP moved Sunday to accelerate the departure of Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward, who has …


  • Ships ordered out of spill site

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO – Key ships stationed over BP’s crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico were ordered to evacuate Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie, and engineers …


  • Storm crimps plans for relief well work

    NEW ORLEANS – A storm brewing in the Caribbean brought the deep-sea effort to plug the ruptured oil well to a near standstill Wednesday just as BP was getting tantalizingly …


  • BP knew of problems at well

    KENNER, La. – BP officials knew about a problem on a critical well safety device at least three months before the catastrophic April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, …


  • BP places containment cap on well

    BP lowered a new, tight-fitting containment cap over its renegade well in the Gulf of Mexico late Monday, a move that may give the company the ability to shut off …


  • BP close to installing new cap

    ATLANTA – BP engineers moved a few steps closer Sunday to installing a snug-fitting cap on the broken Gulf of Mexico well that may finally allow the collection of all …


  • Court upholds stay on drilling moratorium

    NEW ORLEANS – A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the Obama administration’s request to keep a six-month moratorium on deep-water oil drilling in place while it mounts a legal …


  • Waves burying oil deep in sand

    GULF SHORES, Ala. – There’s a dirty secret buried under Gulf of Mexico beaches after cleanup workers scrape away the oil washing ashore. Walk to a seemingly pristine patch of …


  • Tar balls, sheen in Pontchartrain

    NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans, which managed to escape oil from the BP spill for more than two months, can’t hide any longer. For the first time since the accident, …


  • Spill now hitting all Gulf states

    TEXAS CITY, Texas – Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill found on a Texas beach were the first evidence that gushing crude from the Deepwater Horizon well has reached …


  • Hints of success in Gulf cleanup

    MIAMI – The first hint of a nearing end to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was voiced Friday by the Coast Guard admiral in charge there. …


  • Hurricane Alex puts oil skimmers on hold

    GRAND ISLE, La. – The crashing waves and gusting winds churned up by now Hurricane Alex put the Gulf oil spill largely in Mother Nature’s hands Tuesday. Regardless of whether …


  • Engineers scramble, replace cap

    NEW ORLEANS – Oil spewed uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for much of the day Wednesday before engineers reattached a cap being used to contain the gusher and direct …


  • Judge lifts ban on Gulf drilling

    NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed Tuesday, saying the government …


  • Spill fund director vows fast payouts

    NEW ORLEANS – The administrator of a $20 billion fund to compensate Gulf oil spill victims pledged Monday to speed payment of claims as a federal judge considered whether to …


  • BP’s ‘worst case’ even worse

    ATLANTA – The effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill continued to spread eastward Sunday, leaving tar balls along the white beaches of the Florida Panhandle, while Washington lawmakers …


  • Seeming BP sympathizer fields flak

    SAN FRANCISCO – Republicans eager to attack President Barack Obama have waded into politically treacherous waters by assailing creation of a $20 billion Gulf of Mexico relief fund, risking the …


  • Marine life faces other dangers as it flees oil

    GULF SHORES, Ala. – Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off …

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