October 28, 2010 More than three months since BP plugged its underwater gusher, crews continue to clean hundreds of miles of soiled shoreline from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle. Tar balls still wash ashore and after the tide goes out, the sand has what looks like a light coffee or tea stain.
October 20, 2010 For all the hand-wringing and breathless forecasts, the oil spill does not appear to have done lasting political damage to the president or his party. Still, every day President Obama was forced to spend on the spill was a day he couldn't devote to his own agenda.
October 12, 2010 The Obama administration announced that companies able to meet new safety standards will be able to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. The six-month moratorium had been scheduled to end Nov. 30.
October 7, 2010 The federal commission investigating the spill said that by underestimating how much was gushing — and, later, how much oil remained — in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration "created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people."
September 28, 2010 Scientists and government officials summoned to the presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill said Monday that the oil industry and responders were unprepared for such a catastrophic event and the nation needs a better plan to deal with big spills.
September 28, 2010 Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is set to unveil the Obama's administration plans to restore the Gulf Coast and build it back better than it was before. Leaders in Louisiana, which is losing the equivalent of a football field of wetland every 50 minutes, say they need the federal government's help — now.
September 10, 2010 Scientists on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico are finding a substantial layer of oily sediment stretching for dozens of miles in all directions. Their discovery suggests that a lot of oil from the Deepwater Horizon didn't simply evaporate or dissipate into the water — it settled to the seafloor.
September 8, 2010 The oil giant's 193-page report says a sequence of failures led to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill that fouled waters and shorelines for months. The company's findings are far from the final word on possible causes of the explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon drill rig.
September 7, 2010 Much of the scientific effort that has followed the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has focused on how much oil escaped and where it's gone. But many biologists say they're puzzled by the lack of an organized research effort to measure the damage.