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Gulf of Mexico


BP statements on its troubled refinery in Texas City

BP responds to ProPublica’s reporting on the spewing of toxins from its refinery in Texas City, two weeks before the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.


  Uncharted waters: The spill and human health

How serious are the short- and long-term health risks for clean-up workers? Need to Know talks to BP, leading scientists and Louisiana state health officials to find answers.


Spinning the spill: BP’s PR ballet

A ballet at sea? Oddly inspiring? Read what BP’s own “reporters” have to say about the oil spill.

Oil spill news roundup

Oil spill related articles are washing up all over the internet, but there are few recent must-reads that you may not have come across.

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.


  When birds wash ashore

Need to Know spoke to Lisa Margonelli, author of Oil on the Brain, about the oil industry, the environmental movement, and what might happen when we start seeing oil-covered birds washing up on the Gulf Coast.


  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.”


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.

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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