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Oil Leak Plugged (Maybe)

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BP says it has successfully halted the gusher in the Gulf.

BP representatives say that the unabated flow of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico has been stopped -- for now. The cap mounted on the blown well earlier this week appears to have successfully halted the leak. Don't get too excited, though. The cap is just one critical step toward permanently sealing the well. The company still has to perform a number of integrity tests to ensure the......read more

Well Cap is Holding, says BP

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Company officials are cautiously optimistic after three days of encouraging test results.

Three days after BP installed a cap on the blown well in the Gulf -- and nearly three months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sunk -- the company said Sunday it will remain in place until the well is permanently closed. So is this officially the end of the gusher? Hard to say, given the garbled, cryptic announcement from BP. "Right now there is no target set to open the well......read more

The Spill and the American Psyche

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The leak is plugged. But is it too late to restore public confidence?

In the Gulf of Mexico, where tens of millions of barrels of oil have spewed into the sea, a ray of hope has come in the shape of a cap fitted onto the blown wellhead. The successful attempt to stop the gusher marks the end of nearly three months of futility. Around America, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief. Almost. In the Week in Review in Sunday's New York Times, Peter......read more

What Now?

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As the Gulf disaster abates, scientists ponder the future of a ravaged ecosystem.

With the cap on the blown well holding, BP and its team are preparing to permanently seal it with mud and cement early this week. Meanwhile, the oil slick on the water surface is receding quickly, and the company says it will start scaling back cleanup efforts in the area. And so an environmental catastrophe begins to fade away. But what does the future hold for the ravaged ecosystems in the......read more

Gulf Oil Spill Worst in History

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At 4.9 million barrels, Gulf gusher declared biggest accidental oil spill ever. So what will we learn from it?

Scientists from the U.S. government said this week that the blown BP well in the the Gulf of Mexico gushed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil, making it the largest accidental offshore oil spill in history. The word "accidental" is an important qualifier; the largest offshore spill in history was an intentional release of 5-10 million barrels of oil by Iraqi troops during the Gulf......read more

Faulty Design Caused BP Disaster, Says Official Report

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Every blowout preventer may have the same problem. Gulp.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster was caused by a faulty design of the blowout preventer and a piece of trapped pipe, says an official report published by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of the Interior. According to the 551-page report, "The primary cause of failure was identified as the blind shear rams failing to fully close and seal due to a portion of drill pipe trapped......read more

The Oil Spill: How to Help

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How you can provide assistance in the Gulf Coast.

With news from the Gulf seemingly getting worse every day, people everywhere are wondering what they can do to help. What not to do: fly to the Gulf, go to the beach and start scrubbing birds -- that can hurt the birds and yourself. Let trained experts handle that stuff and get involved in one of these ways: GOOD suggests sending in water samples from areas affected by the spill for testing.......read more

Bhopal and the BP Oil Blowout

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What the worst industrial disaster in history can teach us about the BP oil spill.

In 1984, a small town in India experienced the deadliest environmental disaster in history, when an explosion at a Union Carbide chemical factory in Bhopal sent 27 tons of methyl isocyanate gas into the slums. 22,000 people died as a result. Twenty-six years later, locals are still affected by birth defects and disease. On Monday, Indian courts sentenced eight Union Carbide officials – all from......read more

Gulf Coast Braces For 'Massive Environmental Disaster'

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President Obama arrives in Gulf region as giant oil slick begins lapping at vulnerable shores.

With bad weather hampering efforts to hold back the massive oil slick growing off the Gulf Coast, U.S. President Barack Obama called the situation a "massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster," promising that his administration will do everything it can to stop it and clean it up. President Obama made his remarks from Venice, La., where he arrived yesterday to survey......read more

GM Recycles Oil Booms for Car Parts

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Dirty booms move from the Gulf to your car's interior.

After doing their job absorbing leaked oil, dirty oil booms typically go to the their graves in the landfill, where they languish for eternity. But, as GreenTech Media reports, that doesn't have to be the case. In a triumphant PR move, General Motors has found a way to intervene in the cycle, by making use of oil booms from the Gulf for passive car parts like air dams and water deflectors.......read more

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