Ahead of FRONTLINE’s three-part series ‘The Power of Big Oil,’ revisit our reporting on how we reached this moment.
April 12, 2022
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion killed 11 people and poured millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
July 2, 2015
A federal judge says BP made "profit-driven decisions" in dealing with a rig explosion that resulted in 11 deaths and the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
September 4, 2014
The trial, which begins today, will determine whether the oil giant was "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
February 25, 2013
The Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts yesterday -- a move that's been years in the making.
November 29, 2012
Oil giant British Petroleum announced today that it will pay $4.5 billion to settle charges for the April 2010 explosion at its Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and unleashed more than 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
November 15, 2012
In a scathing memo submitted last week to the New Orleans court that will hear the case, government attorneys write that their investigation unmasked a "culture of corporate recklessness" at the British oil giant.
September 5, 2012
The $13 million settlement is the latest in the regulatory body's efforts to hold the company accountable for a 2005 refinery explosion, which killed 15 people and injured 170.
July 16, 2012
Two years after oil from a BP well began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges alleging that a former BP employee destroyed critical evidence in the early days of the unfolding disaster.
April 25, 2012
Two years after an explosion at BP's Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and unleashed more than 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, deepwater drilling is back up at the levels it was before the April 20, 2010 accident...
April 19, 2012
October 24, 2011
WikiLeaks U.S. embassy cables offer this footnote to FRONTLINE's recent report on BP, The Spill: A year and a half before their Gulf of Mexico disaster, the company had a giant gas leak halfway across the world at a gas platform in Azerbaijan.
December 16, 2010