Louisiana residents are relieved that no more oil is spewing and that a 'bottom kill' to seal the well will begin soon. But they are also worried, about BP's commitment to a full cleanup and a report that most of the oil is gone.
BP says it will seek a $9.9 billion tax write-off based on the $32 billion it expects to spend on Gulf oil spill cleanup and recovery. One US senator is already calling for hearings to prevent it.
Melanie Stetson Freeman, the Monitor's veteran photographer, reflects on a recent trip to New Orleans.
Mule-drawn carriages make their way through the French Quarter.
Mardi gras masks for sale in a shop in the French Quarter: Tourism in the city is up, although summer is not high season because of the hot weather. Five years after hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, parts have been rebuilt and are prospering, while others are still derelect.
Artists are taking different approaches to mine their catalogs for fresh business.
Sandra Bullock has asked to be removed from a video promoting Gulf coast restoration. Sandra Bullock discovered that Women of the Storm, the group that produced the video, lists BP and other oil companies as sponsors.
The federal government enacted a six-month moratorium on offshore drilling in deep waters in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. Depending on who you ask, it is either an environmental necessity or an economic disaster.
As investigators probe the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident, it's becoming clearer that human decisions regarding key safety equipment were part of the nation's largest oil spill.
Louisiana is moving ahead with its plan to build 40 miles of berms to protect its coastline from the Gulf oil spill. The problem is, it won't work and might make things worse, scientists say.