November 15, 2012 High ranking official, David Rainey, the former head of Gulf of Mexico exploration, will be charged with downplaying the spill to lawmakers. Two others will be charged with manslaughter.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
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December 29, 2011 Justice Department prosecutors are considering the first such charges related to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history — a disaster that also killed 11 workers when an oil rig blew up.
September 14, 2011 The worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history started with an explosion and fire that killed 11 oil rig workers in April 2010. BP, investigators say, "was ultimately responsible for conducting operations" at the site.
July 12, 2011 Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is suing BP oil spill fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, in an attempt to force open the books at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.
April 20, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and tracking a drug submarine. In the second hour, the murky legality of online gambling, and the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill.
March 30, 2011 BP loses laptop filled with data from thousands of Gulf oil spill claimants
March 3, 2011 BP will not give bonuses to two executives who ran the oil giant's Gulf of Mexico operations last year: former CEO Tony Hayward, and the former head of exploration and production Andy Inglis.
November 1, 2010 The number of rejected claims for compensation for damage from the BP Gulf of Mexico spill spiked in October -- to 20,000 from just 125 claims at the end of September. Kenneth Feinberg says many lacked crucial information.
October 28, 2010 Before the massive blowout of BP's Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, tests showed that the cement Halliburton pumped down into the well could be unstable, according to a presidential commission studying the Deepwater Horizon spill.
October 20, 2010 Obama seems to have escaped deep lasting damage from the BP oil spill which once seemed unlikely. But the president may have helped his critics' narrative that he's killed jobs with his moratorium on Gulf oil drilling.
August 13, 2010 BP must complete its relief well after leaking was found from an earlier try to kill its rogue Gulf of Mexico well. The use of a relief well is the energy industry's textbook method for killing an uncontrolled gusher.
August 6, 2010 An Obama operative didn't create the vanishing Gulf oil report, according to NOAA. His name was mistakenly included in the report as its creator due to a "technical glitch," AP reported.
July 19, 2010 BP said seepage on the sea floor a few miles from the broken well is natural.
July 14, 2010 After a government-requested delay, Obama's team told BP to test a new cap on its rogue Gulf well.
June 23, 2010 BP removed the cap collecting oil spewing from the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico after a remote sub bumped into it.
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