The converted iron ore freighter ‘A Whale’ recovered only negligible amounts of oil from the Gulf oil spill. Smaller, nimbler skimmers are more appropriate for widely dispersed spills, the Coast Guard says.
Oil spill is still stopped, but the pressure readings could indicate that there is a leak of oil and gas at the well bore. A six-hour test will increase the monitoring of the seafloor.
News that the leak has stopped, at least for now, prompts a national high-five, if not a whoop of joy. Eighty-eight days of Gulf oil spill minutiae may have dampened interest among the US public.
Three months of poking and prodding in the Gulf oil spill have recast how companies will respond to future deep-sea accidents. On Friday, a new containment cap appeared to be holding steady, with no signs of oil leaking.
The test to determine whether BP can keep the cap closed on its leaking well began Thursday afternoon after an overnight delay. When the test began, no oil was escaping from the well.
An anonymous plumber provided sketches of a flange and seal design six weeks ago that is almost identical to the containment cap lowered onto the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. It's the latest effort to stop the BP oil spill.
Tests beginning Wednesday night will determine whether BP can shut the well entirely. The watchword of the latest effort to stem the Gulf oil spill gusher is patience.
With the invasive and destructive Asian carp now on the doorstep of Lake Michigan, lawmakers in the Great Lakes states say time is running out.
New York City opened its first public electric-vehicle charging station Wednesday as part of a nationwide push to add infrastructure for plug-in cars.
Retired Adm. Thad Allen shut down Tuesday a well-integrity test of the Gulf oil spill geyser. BP had been itching to move forward, but government scientists were worried the test may make the situation worse.
Like a giant industrial strength washing machine, the Gulf of Mexico will clean up most of the BP oil spill by itself, as it has other big spills. But environmental resilience has its limits.
BP has begun testing the new containment cap to see if it can do what's proven impossible so far – shut down the Gulf oil spill geyser once and for all. 'Hope and pray,' says a BP official.
Video from the BP live feed Monday night suggested that the new cap is in place. The next 48 hours will be crucial to determining whether BP's latest bid to stem the Gulf oil spill works.
The Obama administration released a new version of its moratorium on offshore drilling, saying the ban was needed to protect against the risks of another accident.
BP uncapped its gushing well Saturday, allowing more oil to escape as the company tries to put on a better cap. But BP has other ways of capturing oil in the Gulf oil spill even without the cap.
What the tragedy of the BP oil spill has taught us about regulations, technology, and how our energy diet must change.
President Obama on Thursday toured a Missouri factory that makes electric delivery trucks, dismissing criticism of his program to provide federal funding to promote electric vehicles.
But it will still take until mid-August for operations to begin for sealing the oil leak. Drilling of the relief well began less than two weeks after the start of the BP oil spill.
The leaked 'climategate' e-mails showed lack of transparency, plus some politicking. But while scientists have been largely cleared of wrongdoing, the impact has shaken climate science.
Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill were first spotted entering New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday, and have disrupted the lake's rebounding fishing industry.