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R.I.P. Gulf Oil Well

It looks like the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is officially dead. The procedure to seal the well—or in oil industry terms, to “kill” it—has been pronounced a success, providing an unceremonious end to the spilling of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE

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BP Readies the Final ‘Kill’

Someone should tell BP that the whole kill-speak approach does not bode well when you’re actually killing wildlife and industry in the Gulf. But nonetheless, BP says the mud and cement pumped into the blown-out oil well, termed a “static kill,” are holding and that it is preparing to seal the deal with a “bottom kill” later this month.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE

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More Trouble for BP as Spill Approaches Florida

The whole top-kill effort didn’t work, and now BP’s next trick, involving an underwater saw device, has run into trouble in the Gulf of Mexico oil blowout cleanup crusade. Meanwhile, Florida is looking like the next state to get the oily treatment.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Obama Calls for Oil Spill Inquiry

President Barack Obama may not yet be able to contain the mess that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has become, but he’s ordering an investigation into the cause of the disaster, he announced Tuesday ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE

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A Close-Up Look at Top-Kill Failure

Want to see what it looked like when the famous “top kill” method didn’t work as planned in recent days? Here’s a visual aid that might make its way into Obama’s nightmares sooner or later ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Coast Guard

Best Chance to Stop Gulf Spill Is Months Away

It’s already the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history, and the oil spill continues to dump somewhere between 504,000 and 4.2 million gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. BP will continue to try to plug that hole, but its best chance to succeed is the drilling of relief wells, a process that won’t be finished until at least August.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE

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BP Goes In for the Top Kill

The news that British Petroleum began its latest attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill Wednesday afternoon with the “top kill” stopgap strategy would be more heartening if it didn’t come so late in the game—and if there was more of a guarantee that it would do the job.

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE

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