September 3, 2010 With so many unanswered questions about the lingering effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, coastal communities are turning to independent scientists for answers. In Orange Beach, Ala., officials are having the air, water and soil tested to check for toxins from the BP spill.
August 30, 2010 The Southern Governors' Association wraps up its annual conference in Birmingham, Ala., Monday. State officials at Sunday's meeting heard from BP CEO Bob Dudley, claims czar Kenneth Feinberg and Thad Allen, the government's point person on the oil spill recovery.
August 26, 2010 The panel of energy and environmental experts said President Obama's temporary ban on deep-water oil drilling had served its purpose, and that oil companies should be able to resume drilling if they meet new government standards.
August 25, 2010 There are some encouraging signs from the Gulf of Mexico that bacteria are consuming the underwater oil plume from the broken BP well. Oceanographers say oil-eating microbes are consuming the more toxic chemicals in an underwater oil plume and rendering them harmless.
August 20, 2010 For many people in the United States, seafood from the Gulf of Mexico has become inextricably linked to oil. Gulf fishing industry leaders say the amount of testing by government agencies should put consumers at ease. But experts in marketing say breaking the mental connection between "seafood" and "oil" will take time.
August 20, 2010 Scientists for the first time have mapped a plume of oil compounds that gushed from BP's broken well, extending for at least 22 miles. It's an important new piece in a huge puzzle: Where did as much as half of the spilled oil go?
August 20, 2010 Though some of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon has now disappeared, scientists are trying to figure out what the remaining oil is doing to marine life. A damage assessment for a place the size of the Gulf is a huge and complicated job, but out of sight does not mean out of mind.
August 19, 2010 Markey (D-MA) is not altogether convinced of the claims that most of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico has been collected or dispersed. He grilled a panel of government officials about these claims on Thursday and also had pointed questions about the testing of Gulf seafood.
August 19, 2010 The dispute started when the federal government released a report that left the impression that most of the oil was no longer a problem. Some scientists couldn't believe what they were reading. They say between 70 and 79 percent of the oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico.
August 19, 2010 Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal incident commander for the disaster, said BP has been cleared to take the first step toward permanently plugging the Deepwater Horizon well: replacing the failed blowout preventer.
August 19, 2010 BP has paid out about $376 million to individuals and businesses damaged by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but on Monday, attorney Kenneth Feinberg will take over the claims process. At a town hall meeting Wednesday, he promised spill victims faster service.
August 18, 2010 Canada, the largest supplier of oil to the United States, is relying more heavily on controversial techniques to extract crude from its oil sands deposits. One of the methods includes pumping 500-degree steam underground to melt the oil and force it to percolate to the surface.
August 18, 2010 Extracting oil is not as simple as it used to be. The easy-to-find oil is drying up, and companies are taking on more expensive and complicated drilling techniques as a result. These practices, like the hydraulic fracturing that is driving the North Dakota oil boom, raise concerns among environmentalists.