The BP Oil Spill, One Year Later
In May 2010, then-BP CEO Tony Hayward gave a news conference at Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, La.
When an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last April, BP was woefully underprepared to handle its public relations response. It failed to communicate the three key messages the public needed to hear — that BP was accountable for the disaster, was deeply concerned about the harm it caused and had a plan for what to do next.
April 20, 2011 It's been a hard year for Kim and David Chauvin and their family's shrimping business. The fifth-generation shrimpers spent last spring and summer helping BP clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history. This spring, most of the Gulf is back open for fishing, and they pray for a plentiful harvest.
April 19, 2011 When the BP oil well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last April, it was under the not-so-watchful eye of the Minerals Management Service. The Obama administration formed a new agency to address some of the old problems — but it's underfunded and understaffed.
April 19, 2011 A year after the blowout at BP's Macondo oil well, the government is starting to issue drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico again. But the bar for such permits has been raised substantially: Drillers must prove they can contain an out-of-control well if something goes wrong. In response, two huge efforts to create containment systems were launched.
April 18, 2011 Last year's huge oil spill left an enduring mark on communities along the Gulf Coast. But courts are just starting to turn to the question of who's to blame for the disaster — and who should pay for it.
April 18, 2011 Hotels and restaurants in Florida's panhandle are reporting record spring break crowds one year after the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil rig blast and subsequent oil spill. But fishing charters and dive-boat owners say customers have been slow to return, apparently still suspicious of the water and the fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
April 14, 2011 The Gulf of Mexico is known for its bounty — blue crab, shrimp, grouper, tuna, oysters — but ever since oil tainted a portion of the Gulf's fishing grounds, the seafood has been a tough sell. Officials say the tests have been unequivocal: The seafood is safe to eat.