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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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Oil spill probe finds no 'conscious decision' to cut cornersupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 22:08:00

Workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon were pushing to complete the well at the heart of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill before the disaster, but no "conscious decision" to cut corners on safety has been discovered, a presidential commission reported Monday.

Work on relief well resumes as storm dissipatesupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 13:19:00

The dissipation of Tropical Depression Five in the Gulf of Mexico means that preparations are being made to resume drilling of a relief well intended to permanently seal BP's ruptured deepwater oil well.

Weather halts BP work on relief wellupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 13:19:00

Adm. Thad Allen says severe weather will delay the time crews can begin the "bottom kill" procedure to cement the well

Fortune: The SEC still needs to escape regulatory capture. Here's how.updated: Fri Jul 30 2010 04:34:00

It's a natural human tendency to rely on the opinions of friends. We all do it, but, given the right circumstances, that impulse can endanger anything from interpersonal relationships to world economies.

CNNMoney: Fight brews over drilling watchdogupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 12:39:00

The government was supposed to keep an eye on offshore oil drilling, it was supposed to make sure nothing went wrong.

Blowout preventer control leaked hydraulic fluid, BP executive saysupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 18:33:00

A control unit on the Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer was leaking hydraulic fluid before the explosion that unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a BP official testified Tuesday.

Fortune: The future of oil is the future of the gulfupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 16:55:00

Oil looks terrible right now. And while nobody wants to need what's gushing into the gulf, poisoning marine life and coating the coasts, our way of life depends on it. In fact, the U.S. needs the oil from the Gulf Coast and the jobs that deepwater drilling generates so badly, we can't afford to pause long enough to overhaul the regulators.

Can 'cut and cap' work?updated: Thu Jun 24 2010 16:44:00

BP's managing director explains how the "cut and cap" method may halt the oil flow in the Gulf.

The legacy of 'drill, baby, drill'updated: Thu Jun 24 2010 16:44:00

The impact of the oil spill in the Gulf Coast is starting to be made vivid by the steady flow of still images and video that capture this catastrophe. For example, Phillippe Cousteau, the grandson of Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, dove into the oil spill, wearing protective gear. He captured horrifying video images of what has been taking place beneath the sea.

Oil industry's oversight agency renamed amid massive reformupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 22:38:00

The federal agency responsible for overseeing the oil industry has been renamed amid a massive reform effort following the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Department of the Interior announced Monday.

Grassley questions when BP knew early oil leak estimateupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 15:03:00

Did BP know the Deepwater Horizon well could be gushing as much as 60,000 barrels of oil a day, and fail to inform the public of that? Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to know.

House looks into restructuring offshore drilling watchdog agencyupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 13:00:00

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources questioned high-ranking officials from government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and private companies Thursday about how to best divide up the troubled Minerals and Management Service, the government agency that oversees offshore drilling, which has come under greater scrutiny since the Deepwater Horizon incident on April 20.

CNNMoney: Obama names new head for troubled offshore oil regulatorupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 23:25:00

President Obama on Tuesday appointed a former Justice Department official to overhaul the troubled government agency responsible for regulating oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama names new top drilling regulatorupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 18:18:00

President Barack Obama on Tuesday appointed Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department watchdog in the Clinton administration, as the new head of a reorganized federal effort to regulate offshore oil drilling.

Louisiana demands justice, not charityupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 07:24:00

Henry Ford once described history as "one damned thing after another." And he didn't even live in Louisiana.

Coast Guard wants oil cleanup ideasupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 07:24:00

CNN's Barbara Starr speaks with the man in charge of reviewing the public's ideas for cleaning up the Gulf oil spill.

Another deep water disaster looming?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 20:21:00

Could another deep water- or even shallow water- oil drilling disaster be looming ahead? Experts warn it certainly could happen again.

CNN flies with Coast Guard Adm. Allenupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 20:21:00

CNN Photographer Rich Brooks reports with CNN's Kyra Phillips from a U.S. Coast Guard craft over the Gulf of Mexico.

Is another deepwater disaster possible?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 12:36:00

Oil rig blowout preventers fail to provide adequate defense against disaster. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports.

Blowout preventers -- disasters waiting to happen?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 12:36:00

Could another deep water -- or even shallow water -- oil drilling disaster be looming ahead? Experts warn it certainly could happen again.

Whistleblower says poor inspections partly to blame for spillupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 17:06:00

A history of slipshod inspections is at least partly to blame for the disaster that destroyed the drill rig Deepwater Horizon and unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a former Interior Department official says.

Whistleblower: BP inspections lackingupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 17:06:00

A former auditor says BP inspections were lacking. Watch more on Campbell Brown at 8 p.m. ET.

Salazar defends 'pause button' on deepwater drillingupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 16:51:00

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling, which has come under fire from critics who argue that seeking offshore oil is vital for reducing the dependence on foreign supplies.

Salazar: 'Pause button, not stop button'updated: Wed Jun 09 2010 16:51:00

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies on the increased safety measures for offshore oil drilling.

CNNMoney: Offshore drillers get green lightupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 17:29:00

The Obama administration announced new rules on offshore drilling Tuesday, a move that the industry hopes will secure new permits for drilling operations and the thousands of jobs that depend on them.

CNNMoney: BP flexes muscle in D.C.updated: Fri Jun 04 2010 15:38:00

Even before the April 20 explosion on its rig off the Louisiana coast, BP spent millions of dollars lobbying Washington's power players. BP will now tap that power and influence as it tries to repair its image.

Troubled agency gets acting directorupdated: Sat May 29 2010 13:01:00

An acting director was settling into the top job Saturday at the troubled Minerals Management Service, which is involved in federal oversight of offshore oil drilling.

MMS needs overhaulupdated: Fri May 28 2010 09:54:00

In the weeks since the disastrous BP blowout and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there has been no shortage of finger-pointing and far-fetched fixes as scientists and engineers try to plug the torrent of oil from the blown well.

Ken Salazar defends oil spill responseupdated: Fri May 28 2010 09:54:00

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is grilled on the response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and MMS agency issues.

Head of Minerals Management Service leaves postupdated: Fri May 28 2010 09:24:00

Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum resigned Thursday as head of the Interior Department's scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service, the department's chief said. Two sources told CNN that Birnbaum had been fired.

MMS was troubled long before oil spillupdated: Thu May 27 2010 15:24:00

The Minerals Management Service, a division within the Interior Department, was a troubled agency long before the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the recent revelations of employee misconduct.

Report: Regulators took gifts, did drugsupdated: Thu May 27 2010 15:24:00

According to a new report, inappropriate gifts and other abuses, occurred at the agency overseeing oil drilling.

Head of Minerals Management Service fired, sources sayupdated: Thu May 27 2010 11:51:00

Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum has been fired, according to two CNN sources.

Lawmakers frustrated with Obama administration's oil spill responseupdated: Thu May 27 2010 07:24:00

Lawmakers increasingly frustrated with the pace of response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are calling on President Obama to take charge of the situation,­ and soon.

Critics take on White House on oil spillupdated: Thu May 27 2010 07:24:00

Some allies are not happy with the Obama administration's handling of the Gulf Coast oil spill. CNN's Ed Henry reports.

CNNMoney: Salazar: U.S. doing all it can on oil spillupdated: Wed May 26 2010 15:39:00

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reiterated Wednesday that the U.S. government is doing all it can to put an end to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and to enforce ethics requirements in the federal agency responsible for inspecting oil wells.

Oil inspectors took company gifts, watchdog group findsupdated: Wed May 26 2010 11:36:00

Federal inspectors overseeing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico accepted meals and tickets to sporting events from companies they monitored, the Interior Department's inspector general concluded in a report released Wednesday.

Signs of trouble evident hour before oil rig explosionupdated: Wed May 26 2010 07:29:00

Oil company BP had three indications of trouble aboard the doomed drill rig Deepwater Horizon in the hour before the April 20 explosion that sank the offshore platform, congressional investigators reported Tuesday.

Fishermen say BP destroyed heritageupdated: Wed May 26 2010 07:29:00

Residents tell BP even it the company can plug the leak it won't be enough to save their way of life. WWL reports.

CNNMoney: Top U.S. official pledges to reform ties to Big Oilupdated: Tue May 18 2010 17:57:00

A top U.S. official pledged Tuesday to reform how the government does business with the oil industry and to hold BP accountable for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Federal official overseeing offshore oil development to retire earlyupdated: Mon May 17 2010 20:18:00

The head of offshore drilling at an Interior Department agency criticized after the Gulf Coast oil spill is retiring a month earlier than planned, an administration official told CNN on Monday.

Oil execs face more questions about Gulf spillupdated: Wed May 12 2010 07:17:00

Executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton are back in the hot seat Wednesday as a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questions them about the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Ship captain saw 'black rain' before drill rig blastupdated: Tue May 11 2010 19:42:00

A "black rain" of drilling fluid and a roar of escaping gas erupted from the doomed Deepwater Horizon shortly before the explosion that sank the oil rig, the captain of a nearby ship testified Tuesday.

From ship captain to heroupdated: Tue May 11 2010 19:42:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera speaks with the ship captain who brought 115 survivors from the Deepwater Horizon safely to shore.

CNNMoney: BP, subcontractors: Spill is the other guy's faultupdated: Tue May 11 2010 17:22:00

The three oil companies primarily involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill blamed each other Tuesday for the accident last month that left 11 workers dead and oil still spewing into the Gulf.

BP keeping cap on oil leak video?updated: Tue May 11 2010 11:29:00

Critics blast BP for not releasing video showing the extent of the Gulf Coast oil spill. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Obama administration moves to reform big oil oversightupdated: Tue May 11 2010 11:29:00

The Obama administration, eager to show it is responding to the Gulf Coast oil spill, will announce plans Tuesday to split up an Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drilling, White House officials confirmed.

CNNMoney: Obama to toughen big oil oversightupdated: Tue May 11 2010 11:04:00

The Obama administration, eager to show it is responding to the Gulf Coast oil spill, will announce plans Tuesday to split up an Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drilling, White House officials confirmed.

Fortune: Oil company safety records: a black holeupdated: Mon May 10 2010 14:04:00

Before you buy an oil stock, you can look at how it stacks up against its peers by pulling up the different companies' earnings growth estimates. You can compare their debt loads, production rates, and dozens of arcane measures of performance. But there's one crucial metric that you'll be hard pressed to find: safety records.

CNNMoney: Obama suspends new Virginia offshore drilling bidupdated: Thu May 06 2010 17:05:00

The Obama administration took the first concrete steps Thursday to make good on its pledge to halt new offshore drilling projects, suspending the approval process for new wells off of the Virginia coast.

Losing hope for missing rig workersupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 20:09:00

Officials are losing hope they will find 11 missing oil rig workers alive. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Coast Guard suspends search for 11 missing in oil rig fireupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 20:09:00

Rescuers on Friday suspended the search for the 11 people missing from the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard announced.

'Cult of corruption'?updated: Thu Oct 16 2008 21:35:00

Is a U.S. agency overseeing oil royalties harboring a culture of sex, drugs and pricey gifts? CNN's Dan Simon reports.

Whistleblower: Oil watchdog agency 'cult of corruption'updated: Thu Oct 16 2008 21:35:00

Bobby Maxwell kept a close eye on the oil industry for more than 20 years as a government auditor. But he said the federal agency he worked for is now a "cult of corruption" -- a claim backed up by a recent government report.

CNNMoney: Oil settles above $104 after bailoutupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 15:03:00

Oil prices zoomed back above $104 a barrel Friday as hope grew on Wall Street that a government bailout could help ease the credit crisis putting a stranglehold on the U.S. economy.

CNNMoney: Oil rises on Wall Street jittersupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 15:01:00

Oil prices churned Thursday as analysts weighed the impact the recent turmoil on Wall Street would have on demand for energy with a desire to move assets out of stocks and into the perceived safety of commodities.

CNNMoney: Oil slides below $99 - Markets relievedupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 15:15:00

Oil prices fell below $99 a barrel on Sunday in a special early-start session as traders bet that Hurricane Ike did not cause significant damage to refineries.

CNNMoney: Interior Dept. sloppiness costs U.S. billionsupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 10:35:00

The sex and drugs scandal revealed earlier this week at the Interior Department may be just the start.

CNNMoney: Gulf oil producers prepare to take on Ikeupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 16:16:00

The oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico is getting ready for Hurricane Ike in case it slams into the energy infrastructure.

Sex, drugs, gifts uncovered in government oil probeupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 09:39:00

U.S. government employees received improper gifts from energy industry representatives, and engaged with them in illegal drug use and inappropriate sexual relations, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Libya's oil pitch to U.S.updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 02:32:00

CNN's Zain Verjee reports on Libya's efforts to sell oil to the United States now that tensions are easing.

Fortune: Time for a seismic shift in the offshore drilling debateupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 15:44:00

President Bush may want to end the ban on offshore drilling, but you wouldn't know it from his administration's failure to obey a key directive in the 2005 Energy Act. Companies Bid Millions to Tap Gulfupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 17:00:00

Energy companies placed $487.3 million in winning bids for the right to drill in the western Gulf of Mexico, knowing they may get a chance later to explore in other areas that have been off limits for decades

CNNMoney: Drilling our way out of rising oil pricesupdated: Fri May 30 2008 11:33:00

The U.S. has huge amounts of untapped oil, but pesky politicians and environmentalists won't let us get it.

CNNMoney: Oil finds floor following 3-day selloffupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 06:04:00

Oil prices rose in Asian trade Wednesday, gaining back a small portion of losses the last three sessions that were driven by easing supply concerns.

CNNMoney: Are the feds ignoring oil lease fraud?updated: Wed Mar 01 2006 06:34:00

The federal government has cut back audits of energy companies that pay billions of dollars for leases to produce oil and gas on federal property, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: Report: Oil firms avoid $7B in paymentsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 09:26:00

Despite record profits, the oil industry is set to skip out on $7 billion in royalty payments it would normally pay for drilling on government land thanks to a '90s era law designed to promote domestic production, according to a report published Tuesday.

CNNMoney: No easy fix for Rita-damaged oil worksupdated: Fri Sep 30 2005 06:09:00

Getting off-shore oil and natural gas platforms back in service after two Gulf of Mexico hurricanes is proving difficult, according to a published report Friday.

CNNMoney: Oil races toward $55 a barrelupdated: Wed Oct 20 2004 11:04:00

Oil prices closed near the $55-a-barrel mark Wednesday as a fresh fall in U.S. heating oil stocks stoked worries over winter supplies.

CNNMoney: Crude supplies up, heating oil downupdated: Thu Oct 14 2004 10:14:00

The supply of crude oil in the United States rose by more than 4 million barrels last week, the government reported Thursday, but heating oil inventories fell as the northern parts of the country approach winter.

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