Five years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 and sending a torrent of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. When it was finally capped, more than 100 million gallons had spilled, resulting in the deaths of thousands of animals. The beaches and waters look clean now, but the disaster caused long-lasting economic and environmental devastation. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
How is the Gulf Coast coping with the effects of the massive 2010 BP oil spill five years later? Judy Woodruff talks to John Young, president of Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish, and Mark Schleifstein of Nola.com and The Times-Picayune about the environmental and economic impacts and what’s left to be done. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — A week shy of the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration proposed new regulations Monday aimed at strengthening oversight of offshore oil drilling equipment and ensuring that out-of-control wells can be sealed in an emergency.
More than four years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, gushing oil into the Gulf Coast for almost three months before it was capped. Despite settlements and clean-up efforts, some communities have never fully recovered. Filmmaker Margaret Brown joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss her documentary, “The Great Invisible,” which examines the fallout. Continue reading
Four years since the largest offshore oil spill in American history, British Petroleum is largely discontinuing funds for determining the extent of the damage. Continue reading
BP won 24 new oil tracts Wednesday after a 16-month ban from new federal contracts was lifted from the company.
In 2012, oil giant BP agreed to an uncapped financial settlement to cover tens of thousands of claims from businesses and properties affected by the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. But BP has started a legal fight to change the agreement, saying that the settlement has grown to include "fictitious" claims. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
Since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and set off a gigantic environmental disaster, NewsHour journalists have hosted dozens of discussions and filed scores of stories to help shed light on the causes and fallout … Continue reading
A year after the Deepwater Horizon explosion touched off a massive oil leak that polluted the Gulf Coast, many residents remain angry and frustrated at the slow response of BP and the U.S. government. Tom Bearden reports from the Gulf on residents’ attitudes a year after the disaster began. Continue reading
In his new book, “A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea,” Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach chronicles the 2010 struggle to stop what would become the nation’s worst off-shore oil spill. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Achenbach about the battle to plug the BP Macondo well, the lessons learned and the future of deepwater drilling. Continue reading