The Gulf of Mexico oil spill
The explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico triggered the largest oil spill in US history. Millions of gallons of oil continued to leak until July 15. This page contains stories about the results of the spill.
A person familiar with the deal also said two BP employees face manslaughter charges over those killed in the oil rig explosion that led to the spill. (AP, 9:30 a.m.)
The Justice Department said on Tuesday it filed the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, accusing a former BP engineer of destroying evidence. (AP, 4/24/2012)
Scientists judge the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico as nearly back to normal one year after the BP oil spill, but with glaring blemishes that restrain their optimism about nature's resiliency, an Associated Press survey of researchers shows. (AP, 4/18/11)
BP announced that it had capped its hemorrhaging well, at least temporarily, marking the first time in nearly three months that oil was not gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. (Boston Globe, 7/16/10)
The piping plover had all but disappeared by the 1980s along the East Coast, as beaches were developed and visited more often. Now, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be the tiny white bird’s latest nemesis. (Globe Staff, 7/2/10)
The massive oil well leak in the Gulf of Mexico abruptly turned into a national crisis, when scientists realized oil is probably gushing from the seafloor at five times the rate they first thought. (By Beth Daley, Boston Globe, 4/30/10)