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2010-09-20 06:05:00

Five months after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig led to one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, BP announced on Sunday that work to seal the well had officially been completed, permanently halting the flow of oil from a broken well that had already leaked more than 200 million gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico. Workers completed a final pressure test on the cement seal at 5:54 am CDT, according to AFP. BP later confirmed in a press release that both the...

2010-09-08 08:30:00

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Literally filling warehouses, the paperwork in the Exxon Valdez case was so daunting it prompted hyperbolic comparisons to the 11 million gallons of oil that spewed from the ship itself into Alaska's Prince William Sound. But thanks largely to the 21st-century imperative for parties to hand over all electronic documents that could prove relevant to a matter in litigation, the discovery challenges involved in the BP/Deepwater Horizon case could make...

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2010-09-08 10:40:00

An internal investigation by British petroleum firm BP has found that they were partially to blame for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that started back in April, but also noted that the fault for what many have called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history was not their's alone. According to AFP reports on Wednesday, the company released a summary of their findings in which they stated that "no single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy. Rather, a sequence of failures...

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2010-09-06 06:45:00

Now that the key piece of evidence removed from BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico shows there is no longer a threat, the focus moves to determining what went wrong and who is at fault. If functioning properly, the blowout preventer would have sealed off the well after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20 and the largest maritime oil spill in history would never have occurred. The blowout preventer, which is being shipped to a NASA facility near New Orleans after...

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2010-09-03 10:50:00

One day after removing the cap from the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP announced on Friday that the cost of the environmental disaster had topped the $8 billion mark. The disaster, which dates back to the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in late April, resulted in nearly five million barrels of crude leaking into the water until it was successfully capped on July 15. Furthermore, despite halting the flow of petroleum, the British-based company estimates it is currently...

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2010-08-31 06:26:58

Attempts at recovering the faulty blowout preventer that failed to stop gushing oil from leaking into the Gulf of Mexico have been delayed due to bad weather. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told AFP on Monday that the recovery effort is on hold "pending calming of the current weather," and added it could be two to three days before the operation could resume. BP had planned to begin the operation to remove and replace the blowout preventer from the busted well on Monday. The...

2010-08-26 17:04:45

A University of Oklahoma technology"”GeoChip"”played a critical role in an intensive study of the dispersed oil plume that formed at a depth between 3,600 and 4,000 feet some 10 miles from BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. An OU research team led by Jizhong Zhou, director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics, developed the new generation GeoChip, which contributed to the findings of the study by simultaneously detecting more than 150,000 different...

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2010-08-11 12:43:49

Contractors are set to start salvaging the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which could provide key evidence for a criminal investigation. The U.S. government is leading a criminal investigation into the disaster, but it does not have the technical experience to gather any evidence that might lie 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Transocean, which leased the rig to BP, is expected to lead the salvage operations. Experts say the salvage process is likely to be...

2010-08-05 17:47:00

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Watch video at www.gulfoildisasterrecovery.com featuring testimony from a charter captain in Louisiana who begs BP to do the right thing and live up to its advertising hype. Gulf of Mexico charter boat captain Al Walker, who has been documenting the disaster from its early days, has new compelling footage that clearly shows that the oil is still very much in the Gulf. What's actually gone is much of BP's cleanup effort. Attorney Stuart H. Smith, Smith...

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2010-08-01 07:35:00

Engineers readied a plan on Saturday to try and permanently seal the Gulf of Mexico oil well, which has become the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. BP boss Bob Dudley said the company would not abandon residents that have been affected from the spill once the well is sealed. BP hopes to drown the well in an operation known as "static kill," in which mud and cement are injected into the ruptured wellhead and a cap is installed. Dudley said on Friday that the operation has been...