gulf of mexico oil spill

BP Faces up to $18 Billion in Fines for Gross Negligence Over Deepwater Horizon

BP Faces up to $18 Billion in Fines for Gross Negligence Over Deepwater Horizon

BP was yesterday found guilty of being "grossly negligent" and "reckless" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout. The blowout killed 11 workers and caused the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that

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EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

The US Environmental Protection Agency just announced that it has ended its government contract ban against British Petroleum (BP) after the company agreed to new safety standards. Following the tragic

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

A new study shows that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana

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BP Reveals It Knew About Explosion Risk at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Before It Happened

BP Reveals It Knew About Explosion Risk at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Before It Happened

Former BP America president Lamar McKay recently revealed in court that the company knew about the risk of explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig well before it took place. Engineers expressed concern as

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BP to Challenge Government’s “Excessive” Deepwater Horizon Spill Penalties in Court

BP to Challenge Government’s “Excessive” Deepwater Horizon Spill Penalties in Court

Although BP has plead guilty to manslaughter and agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the British oil giant BP is now preparing to

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Dispersants Used in Deepwater Horizon Clean Up Could be 52 Times More Toxic Than Oil

Dispersants Used in Deepwater Horizon Clean Up Could be 52 Times More Toxic Than Oil

In efforts to mitigate the devastating underwater petroleum leak caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010, BP used controversial oil-dispersing chemicals that have long been

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MIT Develops a Way to Magnetically Separate Oil From Water

MIT Develops a Way to Magnetically Separate Oil From Water

In the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill we explored several innovative methods to separate oil from water. Now a team from MIT has developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water

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Exxon Valdez Tanker To Be Broken Up And Recycled As Scrap in India

Exxon Valdez Tanker To Be Broken Up And Recycled As Scrap in India

Oil Tanker Photo from Shutterstock The Exxon Valdez, the tanker that was responsible for the world's worst oil spill (until the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010), is to

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Carbon And Boron Nanosponge Cubes Absorb Oil From Water

Carbon And Boron Nanosponge Cubes Absorb Oil From Water

After the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, we've been on the look out for new technologies that could help clean up similar disasters. With that in mind, we were intrigued by the news that Rice University and

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BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed One Week

BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed One Week

The trial that will decide BP's culpability in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was set to begin in the US District Court in New Orleans today, but has been postponed to allow the oil company to continue

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BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Evidence of Wrongdoing in Gulf Oil Spill

BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Evidence of Wrongdoing in Gulf Oil Spill

It is coming to fists again over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This time, however, it isn't the people of the gulf against big oil, it is the oil companies against each other. BP

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BREAKING: New Oil Slick Near Deepwater Horizon Well Stretches for 10 Miles

BREAKING: New Oil Slick Near Deepwater Horizon Well Stretches for 10 Miles

We recently reported on a new oil leak at the site of last year's devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and now a massive slick of oil has been spotted that stretches for nearly 10 miles. Last year,

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New Study Explains Chemical Makeup of the Gulf Oil Spill Plume

New Study Explains Chemical Makeup of the Gulf Oil Spill Plume

It's been more than a year since an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon caused the worst offshore oil spill in the history of the United States, sending some 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of

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BP Execs Awarded Hefty Bonuses Despite Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP Execs Awarded Hefty Bonuses Despite Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP awards two senior executives bonuses for 2010 despite the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Deepwater Horizon Oil in Gulf Traveling Up the Food Chain

Deepwater Horizon Oil in Gulf Traveling Up the Food Chain

We recently learned that BP, who we all know for causing the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, has also been overlooking safety on their pipeline operation in Alaska and on their other massive gulf rig the

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Artists Use Oil From the Gulf Of Mexico to Screen Print Posters

Artists Use Oil From the Gulf Of Mexico to Screen Print Posters

Happiness Brussels is hoping to raise some cash to rehabilitate habitats destroyed by the Gulf Coast spill by selling art made from the area's number one offender -- oil from the disaster. The team is

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NYC ART EVENT: Mired in the Bayou Opens TONIGHT, 7-10pm

NYC ART EVENT: Mired in the Bayou Opens TONIGHT, 7-10pm

Mired in the Bayou Opens TONIGHT - Join Us at 99% Gallery! We're all familiar with images of the Gulf Oil Spill – hazy waters, stained shorelines and blackened, lifeless animals — but what about

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‘Mired in the Bayou’ Reveals the Human Face of the BP Oil Spill

‘Mired in the Bayou’ Reveals the Human Face of the BP Oil Spill

We've all seen the images of the exploded Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the depressing images of oil-covered birds and wildlife littered on the coast, but how many of us really grasp the full impact of

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NYC: Join Us for the Opening of Mired in the Bayou Oct. 15!

NYC: Join Us for the Opening of Mired in the Bayou Oct. 15!

Join Inhabitat for the Mired in the Bayou opening reception in NYC! We've all seen images of the Gulf Oil Spill - filmy waters, desolate shorelines and blackened, lifeless animals -- but what about the

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Join Inhabitat for the Opening of ‘MIRED IN THE BAYOU’ in NYC!

Join Inhabitat for the Opening of ‘MIRED IN THE BAYOU’ in NYC!

Join Inhabitat for the opening reception October 15th in New York City! There is no denying the sheer ecological destruction the the BP Oil Spill has inflicted on the Gulf waters and its coastline, since

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PRESENTING: Mired in the Bayou, an Exhibit About the BP Oil Spill

PRESENTING: Mired in the Bayou, an Exhibit About the BP Oil Spill

Since the BP oil well explosion nearly five months ago (only being officially sealed days ago), media coverage of the disaster has repeatedly shown us hazy images of a gushing wellhead underwater, skimmer

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Report Finds 79% of Oil Remains In Gulf

Report Finds 79% of Oil Remains In Gulf

Contrary to what the media is telling you, a report from the Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia released yesterday says that a whopping 79% of the oil from the Gulf oil spill still remains in

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BP Will Attempt to Permanently Plug Leaking Oil Well Today

BP Will Attempt to Permanently Plug Leaking Oil Well Today

Fortunately, for the last two weeks a temporary plug has been preventing oil from BP's damaged Deepwater Horizon well from seeping into the Gulf of Mexico. But BP says they are ready to permanently

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BP Announces That No More Oil is Flowing into the Gulf

BP Announces That No More Oil is Flowing into the Gulf

87 days after the news of the Gulf oil spill hit our computer screens, BP has finally announced -- and backed up with their video feed -- that no more oil is flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The statement

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Oil Spill Continues to Devastate the Gulf With no End in Sight

Oil Spill Continues to Devastate the Gulf With no End in Sight

The spill was caused by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig on April 20th, 2010. When the rig sunk and caused damage to the oil well a mile beneath the surface of the water, the

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Experts Suggest Nuking the Gulf Oil Leak, US Says Heck No

Experts Suggest Nuking the Gulf Oil Leak, US Says Heck No

Every tactic that BP has tried so far to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has failed. Now, experts are saying forget all those cleverly named solutions, and let's just nuke the thing. The idea has

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BP Launches “Top Kill” Tactic to Plug the Gulf Oil Spill

BP Launches “Top Kill” Tactic to Plug the Gulf Oil Spill

Today BP will launch their "Top Kill" tactic - an attempt to plug the 5 story tall tower of pipes at the source of the Gulf oil leak with a massive amount of heavy liquids. The injection of drilling

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BP Claims Its Tube is “Working Really Well” at Sucking Up Oil

BP Claims Its Tube is “Working Really Well” at Sucking Up Oil

From a (failed) dome to a “top hat” to a tube, it seems like BP has tried many a method of containing the millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. Last night, the petroleum

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Super-Insulator Aerogel Could Be Used to Soak Up Oil

Super-Insulator Aerogel Could Be Used to Soak Up Oil

Not only does the space-age material Aerogel have super-insulating powers -- it is also remarkably effective at soaking up oil. AeroClay, one of the makers of the insulation, is currently working on a new

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Visualizing 5,000 Barrels of Oil a Day as a Victorian Row House

Visualizing 5,000 Barrels of Oil a Day as a Victorian Row House

Although no one knows exactly how much oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico per day, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has estimated the number to be about 5,000 barrels a day (or a

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