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Two of the main companies involved in the disastrous 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill were more focused on personal injury risks than the potential for a major accident, a federal agency said in a report released Tuesday.

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2011: One year after Gulf oil disasterupdated: Thu May 03 2012 20:21:00

In 2011, Soledad O'Brien examined how clean up efforts were going a year after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

Judge postpones liability trial in BP Gulf oil spillupdated: Thu May 03 2012 20:21:00

A federal judge in Louisiana on Thursday rescheduled the liability trial in the BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico and postponed it to early next year from later this year.

2010: First 100 days of BP oil disasterupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 18:12:00

A look back at the first 100 days of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010 and BP's efforts to contain the spill.

First criminal charges filed in BP oil spillupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 18:12:00

A former BP engineer has been charged with destroying 200-plus text messages about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including one concluding that the undersea gusher was far worse than reported at the time.

Three lessons linger from BP oil spillupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 10:17:00

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, let us not forget that Friday marks the second anniversary of the start of the BP oil spill. It deserves more than a shrug, an "oh, yeah," and "how's the fishing?" It deserves more than a solemn voiced announcer relegating it to a "this day in history," with a picture from the archives to jog our memory.

2010: Ex-Black Crowe talks oil disasterupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 10:17:00

The oil disaster in the Gulf struck a chord with former Black Crowes bassist and iReporter Johnny Colt.

2010: BP: Oil flow has stoppedupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 05:36:00

BP confirms oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in months as part of a well test.

BP announces class-action settlement in 2010 Gulf oil disasterupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 05:36:00

BP announced Wednesday it has reached a class-action settlement with attorneys representing thousands of businesses and individuals who made claims after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Energy giant finds source of North Sea gas leakupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 16:02:00

Energy giant Total has found the source of a gas leak on an offshore oil platform in the North Sea, the company told CNN on Thursday. The leak is on the deck level of the well head platform, Total said.

Minority owner of Macondo well to pay $90 million in record settlementupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 19:55:00

MOEX Offshore, the minority owner of a well that was the source of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to a partial settlement with the federal government.

BP still wants Halliburton to pay for whole Gulf oil spill cleanupupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 08:17:00

In an ongoing effort to recover all the cleanup costs from Halliburton, oil giant BP has told a federal judge in New Orleans that the contractor was "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Victoria Principal puts up money to prevent oil spillsupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 09:28:00

Victoria Principal fears the proposed expansion of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Arctic Ocean could lead to another disastrous oil spill like the one that devastated the U.S. Gulf coast last year.

Gulf oil disaster still puzzles scientistsupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 09:29:00

One year after the chocolaty crude started spewing out of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the largest accidental oil spill in history, scientists say they're still trying to piece together what's happening to the environment.

BP a year after oil spillupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 09:29:00

BP is a very different company than it was on April 20, 2010. CNN's Jim Boulden reports on BP one year after the spill.

Politics: What's new since BP oil spill?updated: Thu Apr 21 2011 09:25:00

Live underwater video or 'spillcam' changed how Americans viewed the BP oil spill. One year later, now what?

On oil disaster's anniversary, BP files suit over blowout preventerupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 05:53:00

On the first anniversary of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform, which triggered the biggest oil disaster in U.S. history, BP filed suit Wednesday against the manufacturer of the rig platform's blowout preventer.

A look at Gulf wildlife one year laterupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 05:53:00

CNN's Rob Marciano reports on efforts to track, study, and rehab Gulf wildlife one year after the massive oil spill.

Obama on oil spill: Progress but 'job isn't done'updated: Wed Apr 20 2011 08:47:00

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that "significant progress" has been made in tackling the Gulf oil spill disaster, but he stressed that the "job isn't done."

Could the Gulf oil spill happen again?updated: Wed Apr 20 2011 01:20:00

CNN's Candy Crowley discusses the BP oil disaster with Adm. Thad Allen who issues a troubling warning.

2010: Tar balls on Lake Pontchartrainupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 10:37:00

Parts of the lake, near New Orleans, are now off-limits for fishing. CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports.

BP AGM attracts protests ahead of Gulf oil disaster anniversaryupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 07:59:00

BP's executives faced protests at the company's annual meeting in London Thursday, just days before the first anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Year after Gulf oil spill, group gives mixed report card for wildlifeupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 09:10:00

Nearly a year after the start of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, some wildlife is recovering, while other species could need significant help, according to a National Wildlife Federation study released Tuesday.

Gulf oil rig owner apologizes for calling 2010 'best year' everupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 18:45:00

The owner of the Gulf of Mexico oil rig that exploded last year, killing 11 workers and leading to what has been called the worst oil spill ever, said Monday that calling 2010 its "best year" in safety "may have been insensitive."

Despite Gulf oil spill, rig owner executives get big bonusesupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 05:52:00

Declaring 2010 "the best year in safety performance in our company's history," Transocean Ltd., owner of the Gulf of Mexico oil rig that exploded, killing 11 workers, has awarded its top executives hefty bonuses and raises, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

BP oil spill coverage earns CNN another Peabody Awardupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 19:45:00

CNN has earned a Peabody award for its extensive coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

What Exxon Valdez spill can still teach usupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 10:03:00

The Exxon Valdez catastrophe on March 24, 1989, no longer holds the distinction of being the largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters. In sheer size, it was eclipsed last April by the disastrous well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. But as the Pew Environment Group's video, "Lingering Oil," shows, the lessons of the Exxon Valdez spill are more vital than ever as we approach the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and contemplate drilling in the even more challenging Arctic Ocean.

CNNMoney: Stuck pipe contributed to Gulf oil spillupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 21:06:00

The oil spill at BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by a piece of drill pipe trapped in the platform's blowout preventer, which kept the device from working properly to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf, according to a report issued Wednesday.

CNNMoney: BP: Gulf oil spill payments are too generousupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 17:24:00

How much should victims of last year's massive Gulf oil spill get?

Justice Department says BP fund should be spent fasterupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 01:08:00

In a bluntly worded letter to the official who handles claims stemming from last year's Gulf oil spill, the Justice Department Friday urged changes to speed up the process and to pay more claims from BP's $20 billion fund.

Woman pleads guilty to filing false Gulf oil disaster claimsupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 20:56:00

A North Carolina woman pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent claims for relief from the Gulf oil disaster, authorities said.

BP's partnership problemsupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 03:44:00

BP's Russian partner AAR to block first dividend payment since oil spill. CNN's Mathew Chance reports.

BP's Russian deal blocked by London courtupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 03:44:00

A judge in London temporarily blocked oil giant BP from going ahead on a deal with Russian state-owned Rosneft. The project to explore in the Russian Arctic cannot proceed before February 25, the Royal Courts of Justice ruled Tuesday.

The messy and human world of scienceupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 10:38:00

I often chuckle when I hear about the perceptions nonscientists have about science and how it works. Being a scientist, of course I am biased.

2010: Did oil spill damage BP?updated: Mon Jan 31 2011 10:38:00

CNN's Jim Boulden looks at the long-term damage the Gulf oil spill caused oil giant BP.

Report: Gulf oil disaster 'preventable'updated: Thu Jan 13 2011 09:45:00

The final report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster concludes it "was foreseeable and preventable."

Panel calls for drastic steps to stop future deepwater oil spillsupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 15:37:00

If the government does not take drastic steps, another deepwater oil spill like the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico could devastate the coastal areas of the United States, an oversight commission warned Tuesday in a long-awaited report to the president.

Nungesser blasts oil disaster cleanupupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 04:18:00

Frustrated Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser yells at a Coast Guard commander.

Louisiana officials: Parts of coastline still heavily oiledupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 04:18:00

More than eight months after an oil rig explosion launched the biggest oil disaster in U.S. history, Louisiana officials say they're still finding thick layers of oil along parts of the state's coastline.

CNNMoney: GM turning BP oil spill booms into Volt partsupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 13:13:00

General Motors is collecting about 100 miles of plastic booms once used to contain the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and will use recycled plastic from those booms to make Chevrolet Volt electric cars, the automaker announced Monday.

U.S. joins Gulf oil spill lawsuits, seeks unlimited damagesupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 10:19:00

The federal government Wednesday joined the dozens of lawsuits against BP and several other companies over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, seeking unlimited penalties against all but one firm.

U.S. sues BP, others over oil spillupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 10:19:00

The Deepwater Horizon lawsuit names 9 defendants that are accused of breaking pollution laws.

Oil spill's effects seen 31 years laterupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 15:14:00

Philippe Cousteau takes CNN along his journey to Mexico to examine the long-term effects of a 1979 oil spill.

Have we dodged a bullet over Gulf oil spill?updated: Tue Dec 07 2010 15:14:00

"Do you really think we have 'dodged a bullet' with the oil spill?" asked one of the seventh grade students skeptically. "Is it really over?"

CNNMoney: East Coast, eastern Gulf oil drilling deniedupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 15:03:00

The Obama administration formally reversed course on its plan to allow more U.S. oil drilling Wednesday, saying areas in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic Coast will remain closed for at least seven years due to the BP oil spill.

Oil spill, World Cup among Yahoo's most searched termsupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 07:26:00

The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was the most searched term on Yahoo in 2010, the search engine said Wednesday.

Months after gusher, oil spill fund chief weighs damage claimsupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 08:12:00

Dentists, chiropractors and veterinarians are among the 450,000 people who requested money from the fund for victims of the BP oil spill before this week's emergency claims deadline, the fund's administrator told CNN on Friday.

CNNMoney: Feinberg paying oil spill claims faster than BP didupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 17:34:00

Kenneth Feinberg said that he would get checks out quickly to economic victims of the BP oil spill, and so far, he has been sticking to his word. Thus far, Feinberg's Gulf Coast Claims Facility is paying out claims faster than BP did.

CNNMoney: BP returns to profitabilityupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 09:06:00

BP returned to profitability in the third quarter, rebounding from the severe loss caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: U.S. sends BP seventh bill, for $62.6 millionupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 18:56:00

BP received a seventh bill from the government on Thursday, for $62.6 million, for cleanup costs related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Obama administration lifts deep-water drilling moratoriumupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 12:17:00

The Obama administration is lifting the moratorium on deep-water oil drilling -- put in place after the Gulf oil spill disaster -- for operators who comply with tough new rules and regulations, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.

Deepwater drilling resumesupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 12:17:00

CNN's Dan Lothian reports on the Obama administration's move to lift the deepwater oil drilling moratorium.

White House: All Gulf oil spill information on hand was made publicupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 22:14:00

The Obama administration made public all information available throughout the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday in response to a preliminary report that criticized how it handled the disaster.

Commission: Feds underestimated spillupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 22:14:00

An independent commission says the Obama administration vastly underestimated the size of the Gulf oil spill.

CNNMoney: Distance not a factor in BP claimsupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 12:40:00

The official in charge of managing claims related to the BP oil spill said Monday that distance from the disaster site will not prevent legitimate claims from being processed.

What next for Gulf oil spill?updated: Tue Sep 21 2010 10:16:00

National Incident Commander Thad Allen talks about the investigation on the massive oil spill in the Gulf.

Gulf well permanently plugged, U.S. saysupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 19:29:00

U.S. officials formally declared an end to the worst oil spill in U.S. history Sunday, a milestone that followed nearly five months of dashed hopes and blistering criticism of nearly everyone involved.

BP accepts some fault for spillupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 19:29:00

BP's internal investigation on the Gulf oil spill placed partial blame on other companies and contractors.

BP oil well 'effectively dead' 5 months after spill beganupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 12:22:00

The blown-out well at the heart of the worst oil spill in U.S. history has been cemented shut and is "effectively dead," the federal government's point man for the disaster said Sunday.

BP says Gulf well should be completely sealed Saturdayupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 12:11:00

The well at the heart of the largest oil spill in U.S. history should be completely sealed Saturday, BP said Friday.

BP CEO grilled by UK parliamentupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 00:59:00

Tony Hayward faces tough questioning about BP's turbulent safety record and its future in British waters.

BP's Hayward: Oil spill wasn't because of cost-cuttingupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 00:59:00

Outgoing BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward denied Wednesday that cost-saving was the reason his company put only one blowout preventer on the well that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, leading to one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history.

What happened to Gulf oil spill?updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 11:41:00

Researchers believe the oil from this summer's BP spill may have sunk to the Gulf floor. CNN's Brian Todd explains.

Justice Department 'expects it may' sue BPupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 14:20:00

The Justice Department says it may sue BP for damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a filing made Monday night with the U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana.

CNNMoney: Justice Department expects to sue BPupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 14:16:00

The Justice Department expects to sue BP for damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill according to a filing made last night with the U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

Fortune: BP walks back its role in the gulf oil spillupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 12:57:00

As the last tar balls settle on the bottom of the Gulf, it looks like BP may have some extra cash on hand.

BP resumes drilling relief well in Gulf as step toward permanent sealupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 17:57:00

BP said it resumed drilling Monday on a relief well, as efforts to permanently seal the previously leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well appeared to be entering their final stages.

BP report spreads blame across Gulf spill actorsupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 14:57:00

Oil company BP shouldered some responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster Wednesday after an internal investigation of the spill, but assigned much of the blame to contractors Halliburton and Transocean.

Fortune: The nearly forgotten Mariner explosion is just as bad as the BP oil spillupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 14:13:00

It's never a good time for an oil rig to blow up in the Gulf of Mexico, but Mariner Energy's Vermillion 380 platform couldn't have gone off at a worse time. The government and the media were already scrutinizing offshore drill production in an unprecedented way. Thirteen unlucky workers were ejected off of Vermillion into the water last week. And Mariner inadvertently became the latest part of a national political debate about the safety of offshore drilling.

CNNMoney: BP to release investigation into oil rig disasterupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 06:36:00

BP is on Wednesday expected to release findings of an internal investigation into the Gulf oil disaster, the oil giant said.

No signs of 'dead zone' in Gulf, feds sayupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 16:56:00

Scientists have found a decline in oxygen levels in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill but have found no "dead zones" as a result, a federal task force reported Tuesday.

BP crews remove failed blowout preventerupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 17:42:00

BP's failed blowout preventer is pulled from the water for investigation into the cause of the the Gulf oil disaster.

Failed blowout preventer in Gulf oil disaster hauled aboard shipupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 17:42:00

A blowout preventer that may hold important forensic evidence as to why it failed, triggering the world's largest accidental oil spill, has been brought to the surface of the Gulf and placed on a vessel, officials said Saturday night.

BP removes failed blowout preventer from damaged Gulf wellupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 16:42:00

BP removed the failed blowout preventer from atop its plugged well deep below the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Friday.

Fortune: Update: BP's advertising budget during the spill neared $100 millionupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 13:14:00

Late Monday, BP responded to a request from the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce that asked the company to report how much money it had shelled out on advertising after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April.

Officials say effort to kill oil well still stalledupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 16:28:00

Thad Allen, the government's point man on the BP oil disaster, said Tuesday current weather conditions are too rough to remove the blowout preventer on BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, but winds may ease enough by the weekend for work to continue.

High seas force delay in key step needed to kill Gulf oil wellupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 12:01:00

High seas in the Gulf of Mexico have forced the postponement of an operation to remove the capping stack on the ruptured underwater oil well, detach the blowout preventer and replace it with a new one, BP said on its Twitter page Monday.

Final kill of Gulf oil well on hold as crews fish for drill pipeupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 20:56:00

Three weeks after BP plugged its crippled Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico with cement and mud from above, crews are "fishing" for pieces of drill pipe that need to be removed from inside the well's blowout preventer before crews can move on to the "bottom kill" -- the permanent fix for the well.

MIT unveils swimming, oil-cleaning robotsupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 17:05:00

Here's a new way of looking at oil spill clean-up: Forget the big ships, massive work crews and hefty price tags.

How reporters mangle science on Gulf oilupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 11:57:00

When researchers present what the media perceive as "big" findings -- as my colleagues and I did last week in reporting a plume of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico -- it is incumbent on scientists and journalists to keep the results in perspective and refrain from veering into misleading waters.

How much oil is still in the Gulf?updated: Wed Aug 25 2010 11:57:00

CNN's John Roberts talks to Rep. Ed Markey about the amount of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico.

Newly discovered microbe helped disperse oil, study findsupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 10:44:00

A new study finds oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from a ruptured BP well degraded at a rate that was "much faster than anticipated," thanks to the interaction of a newly-found and unclassified species of microbes with the oil particles.

Oil-cleanup workers may face lung troubleupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 21:28:00

Cleanup workers exposed to spilled oil may be at long-term risk for breathing trouble and other health problems, according to a new study examining the aftereffects of a 2002 oil spill in Spain.

Allen: 'Impossible to lead cleanup efforts' without BPupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 22:20:00

The government's point man in charge of the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said it is "impossible" to lead cleanup efforts without cooperation from BP.

How much oil still in Gulf?updated: Fri Aug 20 2010 22:20:00

Adm. Thad Allen discusses the conflicting numbers of exactly how much oil is lingering in the Gulf.

Louisiana reopens some areas to commercial crabbingupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 21:44:00

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries ordered some areas near the Mississippi River that had been closed because of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to reopen to commercial crabbing on Friday.

Allen: 'Our first goal is to do no harm' in Gulfupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 20:18:00

Two weeks after BP plugged its damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico with cement and mud from above, the next step in the process to permanently shut down the apparatus is in limbo as scientists gauge the risks posed by pressure inside the well.

How much oil is really left in the Gulf?updated: Wed Aug 18 2010 20:18:00

With conflicting numbers being released, how are we to know how much oil has actually been removed from the Gulf?

T-shirt to benefit Gulf Coast recoveryupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 22:10:00

The art director for "Threadless" explains how a T-shirt is raising money for those dealing with the Gulf oil spill.

Gulf oil traces spread east on sea floor, researchers sayupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 22:10:00

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill may have settled to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico further east than previously suspected and at levels toxic to marine life, researchers reported Monday.

Allen: Relief well will be finishedupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 14:21:00

Adm. Thad Allen says that the relief well will be finished and that they will ultimately kill the well.

Crews in Gulf will go ahead with drilling of relief wellupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 14:21:00

"Everyone agrees we need to go forward with the relief well," National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Friday of the now-plugged BP gusher in the Gulf, adding that officials are now considering other options in addition to the relief well.

Work on stalled relief well to restart 96 hours after storm passesupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 21:37:00

The work to permanently seal BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico will have to wait about four days after Tropical Depression Five passes the site, the government's point man in the Gulf said Wednesday.

Offshore drilling ban unlikely to be extended, official saysupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 21:24:00

The head of the government agency that regulates offshore drilling said Tuesday that it is "unlikely" a six-month moratorium on the practice will be extended.

Gulf Coast conditionsupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 21:24:00

CNN's Reynolds Wolf reports on the condition of the Gulf Coast now that the gushing underwater oil well has been sealed.

The Gulf spill: America's worst environmental disaster?updated: Tue Aug 10 2010 11:09:00

On June 15, President Barack Obama described the Gulf oil spill in a prime-time address as "the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced."

'One more run' for relief well before moving in for kill, Allen saysupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 20:10:00

BP moved closer on Monday to sealing, once and for all, its ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, though government and company officials said their struggle against the spill's extensive environmental and economic damage is far from over.

Oil spill 'still a disaster' for parts of Gulf, Allen saysupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 06:09:00

The undersea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico has been brought under control, but the worst oil spill in U.S. history will continue to be felt along the Gulf Coast for some time, Obama administration officials said Sunday.

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