August 16, 2010 BP has been downsizing its crews in the Gulf of Mexico since it capped the well in mid-July. Back then, more than 46,000 people were working the cleanup. Now it's down to about 14,000. The company hopes a new piece of equipment, called a Sand Shark, can do the job more efficiently.
August 15, 2010 It'll take years to fully know the effects of the BP oil spill on wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. One thing we do know now is what that wildlife was like before 206 million gallons of oil spewed into the water. For that knowledge, we have the Smithsonian Institution to thank.
August 11, 2010 As the Obama administration defended its deep-water drilling moratorium in court Wednesday, uncertainty continued to run high among workers. The subject is a difficult one — most workers are reluctant to talk publicly. Some fear their jobs will be sent overseas, and many wait anxiously while the deep-water rigs remain idle.
August 11, 2010 President Obama's approach to domestic oil drilling has shifted over this year. Those shifts managed to anger just about everyone in the oil drilling debate at one time or another. Opponents say the six-month moratorium is devastating the lives of rig workers. Others say it isn't long enough.
August 10, 2010 A federal judge in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday over whether the government's moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is legal. The six-month moratorium has cast uncertainty on the entire Gulf oil industry — and what could it mean for the businesses that operate drilling rigs and the people who work on them.
August 10, 2010 The federal government says as much as half of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's well is still unaccounted for. Scientists are starting a giant search operation to try to figure out where the oil is and what its effects might be.
August 10, 2010 Forecasters said there is a high chance that thunderstorms off southern Florida could strengthen into a tropical disturbance over the Gulf. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said it may be anther two or three days until the relief well is completed. Once it is, crews will pump mud and cement through it to plug BP's broken well from the bottom.
August 9, 2010 Many coastal residents are fighting for their economic survival — and expect BP to keep them afloat. For three months, BP has been promising to make "whole" anyone who has lost income because of the oil spill. Last week, BP announced an expedited process, but claimants say it's anything but quick.
August 8, 2010 The Obama administration is trying to turn a corner on its response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP reached a milestone last week when it achieved a static kill of the blown-out well. And the government is touting a new report that indicates the impact of the spilled oil is diminishing. Now the focus is shifting to the region's recovery.