The 'top kill' procedure aims to cap the undersea well feeding the BP oil spill in the Gulf. The US Coast Guard gave approval Wednesday to proceed.
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.
Lambasting BP and the Coast Guard as unresponsive, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to build a wall of sand to prevent the BP oil spill from coming ashore. It's not clear whether he has the authority to adopt such a plan or whether it would even work.
With some 1,200 offshore oil rigs operating today, oil spills are still relatively rare. But experts warn that safety procedures and cleanup methods have not kept pace with drilling at ever-deeper depths.
The EPA and Homeland Security Department have ordered BP to produce all the data it's collected on the Gulf oil spill since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded last month. BP has yet to comply.
It's now been 30 days since the Gulf oil spill began after the Deepwater Horizon sank. As oil starts to come ashore on the Louisiana coast, frustration among the local population is mounting.
Film star Kevin Costner and his scientist brother are promoting a new technology they say could separate oil from water as part of the effort to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. BP officials agree to test the system.
BP admits that more oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico than was previously estimated.
BP and government officials said Wednesday that their next attempt to stop the Gulf oil spill – the so-called 'top kill' – is scheduled to start Sunday. If it doesn't work, there are few promising short-term alternatives.