Deepwater Horizon

 

  The black hole in the Gulf

Getting a clear picture of the devastation in the Gulf has been difficult. Need to Know asked illustrator Steve Brodner to help us visualize the size of the spill.

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  End of the road for Grand Isle?

A documentary portrait of the community of Grand Isle, La., which is facing economic ruin from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  Big Oil’s Chernobyl

Carl Safina of the Blue Ocean Institute told Need to Know’s Jon Meacham that the Deepwater Horizon spill could be the end of Big Oil as we know it.

Records show concerns about well, as BP says leak could last months

A House panel investigating the Gulf oil spill released new internal documents from BP that suggest engineers had concerns about the safety of the well as early as last year.

As oil approaches coast, officials admit only BP can stop leak

The Coast Guard warns against removing BP; photos document the devastation of the coast; and a reporter dives into the spill’s toxic soup.

Coast Guard faces funding cuts despite oil spill, other disasters

Members of Congress are questioning whether cuts proposed by the Obama Administration for the U.S. Coast Guard are the right idea in light of the recent Gulf oil spill and other headline-grabbing incidents that occurred this year.

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  Big Oil’s influence in the Gulf

Oil drilling is a major part of the Louisiana economy. And in return, says one observer, the state has become Big Oil’s “PR department.”

Translating executive-speak in the Gulf oil spill hearings

Need to Know tells you what the oil company executives really meant to say.

How to clean up an oil spill

Need to Know creates its own oil spill and attempts to clean it up.

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