At a total of nearly 5 million barrels, the spill from BP ruptured Macondo well easily outstrips the previous record of 3.3 million barrels released into the Bay of Campeche by Mexico's Ixtoc I rig in 1979.
Embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward, whose penchant for verbal gaffes deepened the psychological wounds caused by the worst oil spill in U.S. history, will step down from the top job effective Oct. 1 to take over as head of BP's joint venture in Russia, TNK-BP.
BP can compensate the family of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion a mere $1,000, thanks to the outdated Death on the High Seas Act. Congress has vowed to change the law, but the cruise line industry won't make it easy.
The Twitter account known as @BPGlobalPR has more than 135,000 followers and has raised thousands of dollars for cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. But more importantly for founder "Leroy Stick," it's a place for people to creatively express their anger.