Justice Department seeks unlimited payments from BP and other companies to cover cleanup costs, economic losses from this year's huge Gulf oil spill. The civil suit alleges safety lapses by BP and others.
Robert Dudley BP CEO begins his new job on Friday. Thursday, Dudley was discussing what BP has and will become under his watch.
Global warming and the BP oil spill have helped rehabilitate nuclear energy in the eyes of the public – and some environmentalists.
BP oil spill: The New York Federal Reserve is investigating Wall Street firms' exposure to the oil company, in the event BP goes bankrupt over the Gulf oil spill.
TVA Kingston Fossil Plant (coal fly ash pond)-Dec. 22, 2008: Ash dike ruptured at a waste containment area in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tenn., releasing 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal fly ash slurry, the largest such release in U.S. history, which spilled into the Emory River. Estimated costs to clean are $525 million-$825 million, as cleanup is ongoing. (Source: TVA, EPA)
The BP oil spill is likely to dominate talks between US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister James Cameron, on Saturday.
BP officials could be prosecuted under the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and the Endangered Species Act. So could federal officials if they aided and abetted any illegal acts.
US Geological Survey estimates on the flow of oil from the wrecked wellhead are more than double what BP has been claiming, leading some to accuse BP of misrepresenting the flow of oil to minimize fines.
The Dust Bowl. During the 1930s, a period of severe dust storms engulfed the American and Canadian prairie lands. The cause: a severe drought coupled with decades of land misuse that left topsoil susceptible to the wind. The so called "black blizzards" forced hundreds of thousands of people in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Minnesota to abandon their farms, exacerbating the dire economic conditions of the Great Depression. This image shows a dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, on April 18, 1935.
In a legal settlement Thursday, the EPA agreed to help states test coastal waters for acidity, and to weigh whether to tighten rules on carbon emissions to address ocean acidification.