The US agencies' exhaustive report on the Gulf oil spill said complacency and cost-cutting led BP to make a series of decisions that complicated operations and added risk before the rig exploded.
Although tropical storm Lee is no Irene, Gulf Coast residents remain wary of their first major test since Katrina caused such devastation six years ago. Officials predict extensive flooding.
A patch of oil has been documented about a quarter-mile northeast of the Macondo wellhead leased by BP. The company has provided a live feed of the Gulf well to officials, who could not see leakage.
The Obama administration lifted its post-Gulf oil spill moratorium on oil drilling in deep water Oct. 12, but it didn't issue its first new permit until Monday. Some experts think rising oil prices forced the administration's hand.
President Obama's commission to investigate the Gulf oil spill suggested wide-reaching reforms to avoid another disaster, including new oversight of the offshore-drilling industry.
Operators of the Deepwater Horizon rig, getting ready to move on to the next job, appeared to let their attention drift at a critical moment, hints the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Amid hearings on the cause of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, government scientists, academics, and those most affected by the Gulf oil spill are at odds over the extent of its effects.
To environmentalists, the lifting of the deep-water drilling moratorium Tuesday comes too soon. To the industry, it is seen as the beginning of a new era of uncertainty.
With a final shot of cement, BP permanently 'killed' its deep-sea well in the Gulf of Mexico that ruptured in April and unleashed the worst oil spill in US history.
The White House’s new guidelines for offshore oil drilling in deep water were intended to make it tougher for oil companies to avoid detailed environmental reviews.