Pools of floating crude oil at the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, April 27, 2010.
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The Deepwater Horizon disaster set new records for holding polluters to account. But it had much less impact on laws regulating offshore drilling or US oil dependence.
Researchers use Atlantic mackerel for bait on long-lining fishing sampling expeditions in the Gulf of Mexico..
The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster catalyzed a decade of research on oil contamination in the Gulf of Mexico, from surface waters to the seabed, with surprising findings.
Many products are made in factories where the conditions are far from humane or ethical.
Skimming oil in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon spill, May 29, 2010.
A scientist who served on a national commission to review the 2010 BP oil spill explains why Trump administration efforts to loosen offshore drilling regulation pose major risks for minor payoffs.
Hollywood turns its hand to the worst environmental disaster in US history – from which the environment is strangely missing.
Surface oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Andreas Teske, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Genetic analysis shows that marine bacteria broke down much of the oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. These findings could lead to more effective cleanups after future spills.
Company brands are hard to create, easy to damage.
Dissonance by the banks - saying one thing but acting in another way - will cause brand damage that will be very difficult to repair.
Offshore oil is not just a risk to the environment – if the world gets serious about mitigating climate change, these resources risk becoming stranded assets.
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Big oil companies are moving to exploit new resources such as the Arctic or the Great Australian Bight. But are they worth the risk?
Leiopathes, also known as black corals, are some of the oldest organisms in the sea.
A flock of scientists turned their focus to understand the Deepwater Horizon's impact, including one team that studied deep-sea corals.
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Department of Energy
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration is looking to expand offshore drilling. Is it any safer today?
The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico marked a new management low for BP.
Before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP had previously gained high praise for its treatment of a similar spill.
Where did the oil go?
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists are researching how much oil dropped to sea floor, hitchhiking via 'marine snow.'
Deep-water coral Paramuricea sp. from 1000 meter depth at a site in the Atwater Valley region of the Gulf of Mexico.
Ocean Exploration Trust
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists find dispersants meant to clean up oil spill are toxic to deep-sea corals.
An oil and gas drilling platform offshore from Australia.
If anything good is to come from the devastation caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Australia’s Montara oil and gas leak the year before, it is that we learn from our mistakes…