Gulf oil spill saga: The rocky path from epic disaster to renewed drilling
One year after the ominous explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the Louisiana coast, a look back at key moments in the bid to stop the rampaging Gulf oil spill.
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Oil leak halted for first time, thanks to a tighter cap. Total estimated leakage: 4.9 million barrels, the worst spill in US history.
After months of trying, and getting 300,000 ideas from around the world, BP permanently plugs the leak after sealing the well with a cement plug pumped in via a relief well.
The deep-water offshore drilling moratorium is lifted. Federal regulators announce new measures they say will help prevent oil spills in the future and will require oil companies to be more prepared for a spill.
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The US grants the first permit for deep-water drilling since the spill. The permit goes to the Houston company Noble Energy Inc., which plans to continue work on a well it abandoned during the moratorium.