Five years after hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast residents see in the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill another example of the government failing to protect the land and the people.
Gulf oil spill cleanup: If technique is approved, it will be the first time in U.S. history that oil dispersant will applied at the subsea source of a spill.
Sculptures at St. Isaak's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, are silhouetted by the rising full moon late Wednesday.
The US military has joined the effort to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It's been declared an event of 'national significance,' meaning more resources will be available.
Although cleanup methods for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are still somewhat low-tech, high-tech solutions are on the way.
This image from a video released by BP shows oil spewing from a yellowish, broken pipe 5,000 feet below the surface. The oil looks like steam rushing from a geyser. The video released May 12 gives a not-yet-seen glimpse of the leaking well a mile underwater. The stream occasionally can be seen becoming lighter as natural gas mixes into the gusher.
The oil spill that resulted from the explosion and sinking of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico last week is becoming more worrying as it continues to spread and efforts at stemming the flow of the leaking oil are being met with difficulties.
To contain the oil spill, Gulf of Mexico slicks will be set alight. The hope is that this will stop the oil spill before it hits land. But oil burns are a sign that other efforts have failed.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has tripled in size in 24 hours. Company officials remain confident that they can contain it before it hits land, but environmentalists are increasingly doubtful.
The oil spill issuing from the sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is not yet an immediate threat to the Louisiana coast. But the longer it spreads, the greater the risk to the fragile ecosystem.