BP is leading the Gulf oil spill cleanup because it has a majority share in the well. Other companies connected to the Deepwater Horizon operation are helping, but not at their own expense – yet.
The BP oil spill has drawn attention to companies' safety records in the North Sea, where an oil rig explosion killed 167 men three decades ago. A coauthor of a report on that catastrophe says that practices have changed little since then.
BP accepts responsibility for the massive Gulf oil spill, making it a lightning rod for public rebuke. But other companies, including Transocean and Halliburton, may be legally liable, too.
The US Coast Guard announced Thursday that, as a part of the oil spill clean-up, BP will start to funnel oil and gas to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico after successfully cutting a leaking oil pipe on the sea floor.
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.
Just trying to prevent similar human-caused natural disasters with more government rules doesn't get to the deeper need for humans to act even more morally in a complex, high-tech world.
With hearings into the Deepwater Horizon accident ongoing in Louisiana and Washington, survivors' tales are coming out. They paint a picture of chaos and desperation after the explosion and offer hints about what might have caused the BP oil spill.
Fifty-one minutes before the explosion and fire aboard Deepwater Horizon, workers on the rig sensed something was wrong. Within an hour, oil was gushing from the mangled wellhead. Here’s what we know so far.
A Transocean rig worker said he overheard senior managers complaining that BP took 'shortcuts' by replacing heavy drilling fluid with saltwater in the oil well that blew out, triggering the massive Gulf oil spill.