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BP resumes ‘top kill’ procedure after failing to stop leak

Obama calls a moratorium on new drilling permits as hope that BP can plug the leak is renewed.

‘Top kill’ awaits BP greenlight, success remains uncertain

BP executives await results of diagnostic test before deciding whether a difficult top kill procedure is a viable option to plug the oil leak nearly a mile underwater.

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.

BP struggles to cap leak as officials grow frustrated with response

As BP prepared what it called a “top kill” procedure to stop the leak, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said flatly that he did not have faith in the company.


One month after Gulf oil spill, damage remains uncertain

A month has now passed since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, spilling at least 5,000 barrels a day into the fragile waters along the Louisiana coastline.


  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.


As crews race to clean up Gulf, some turn to a low-tech approach

The absorptive qualities of hair make it an effective way to soak up the oil in the Gulf.

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