Oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File
In 2004 an underwater avalanche destroyed an oil platform off Louisiana, causing a 14-year spill. An expert on oil and gas seeps in the Gulf of Mexico warns that this could happen in other places.
Gulf Coast oysters on the half shell at Wintzell’s, Mobile, Ala.
Oysters are big business along the Gulf Coast, but raising them off-bottom – which yields a premium product – is just starting there. Hurricane Michael showed it won't be easy.
Many products are made in factories where the conditions are far from humane or ethical.
How much would you pay to make this disappear?
Emilian Robert Vicol
What would you pay to keep trash off your favorite beach, or pollution away from a national park? Economists can tease these values out of our travel choices and use the numbers to help make policy.
The oil rig explosion in Deepwater Horizon (2016), a film about the worst oil spill in US history.
The search for oil was once depicted in movies and books as a boys' own adventure. But as films such as Deepwater Horizon show, in an age of anxieties over fossil fuels, oil's story is now a darker one.
Dan Anderson / EPA
What happened to the massive underwater 'oil plume'?
U.S. Coast Guard vessels battle the fire on the Deepwater Horizon while searching for survivors from the rig’s 126-person crew.
U.S. Coast Guard/Wikipedia
The new movie 'Deepwater Horizon' depicts the blowout that triggered the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A professor of petroleum engineering assesses what the film gets right and wrong.
Hollywood turns its hand to the worst environmental disaster in US history – from which the environment is strangely missing.
Approach with caution.
When employees of dodgy companies or slipshod institutions put it all on the line to do the right thing, why do we hang them out to dry?
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.
Ready for more?
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.
Uncertainty over seafood safety caused anxiety in coastal communities in the wake of the spill.
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Gulf Coast communities are still grappling with the social and economic ills caused by the oil spill.
Fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon.
US Coast Guard/handout/EPA
Easter Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of the BP oil well blowout in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform died and almost five million…
The effects of Deepwater Horizon spill continue after the smoke has cleared.
US Coast Guard
The catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform allowed five million barrels of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico between April and July 2010. Since then, remediation and restoration…
The offshore industry need not be so dangerous if safety is put first.
The explosions and fire that completely destroyed the North Sea oil rig Piper Alpha and cost 167 workers their lives remains the world’s worst offshore oil disaster. Saturday, July 6, marks 25 years since…
The effects of the Deepwater Horizon accident may have long-term consequences for regional animals. Researchers have discovered…