Gulf of Mexico oil spill

AG Holder: $4.5 Billion Settlement Not the End of BP Oil Spill Probe

Two men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster have been charged with manslaughter, hours after BP announced it was paying $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government over the disaster. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the criminal investigation is continuing.

BP Sells Some Gulf of Mexico Assets for $5.55 Billion

Oil company BP said Monday it is selling some deep-water assets in the Gulf Mexico to Plains Exploration & Production Co. for $5.55 billion, a big step in the BP's drive to cover the cost of its oil well blowout in the Gulf two years ago and concentrate investment elsewhere.

10 Surprising Brands That We're Starting to Love Again

Popularity can be fickle: One day America loves your brand; the next, you're passe. But every year brings some surprising rebounds, and you won't believe some of the companies that made 2012's list for most improved images in the eyes of U.S. consumers.

BlackBerry Loses to Apple Again

You know things are going from bad to worse for BlackBerry farmer Research In Motion when some of the stodgiest companies on the planet start trading in their BlackBerry smartphones for shiny new iPhones. The most recent defector from RIM: Halliburton, the fuddy-duddy oil-field services giant that critics associate with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, Dick Cheney, and no-bid contracts in Iraq.

BP Oil Spill Panel Calls for Reforms, Stronger Oversight

Oil industry practices and government rules must be subjected to substantial reform to prevent future accidents similar to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last April, said a report released Tuesday by the presidential panel probing the incident.

BP Station Owners: Surviving a Debacle and Rebounding

During the height of the bad publicity from the BP oil spill, there was much speculation about whether independent gas station owners would ditch the beleaguered oil company's brand. By and large, though, that didn't happen, and in the months since the disaster, business at many BP stations has rebounded.

BP Weighs Sale of North Sea Assets to Cover Gulf Costs

BP is apparently considering the $1 billion sale of some of its assets in the North Sea as it tries to cover cleanup costs from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico exploded in April, leading to the most massive oil spill in U.S. history.

Obama Temporarily Bans Some New Offshore Drilling

The Obama administration will temporarily ban the sale of new offshore oil drilling leases in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic coast, Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday, a policy change made in response to lessons learned from BP's horrific Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Exxon Mobil Rumor Moves BP Stock Up and Down

Earlier Friday in London trading, shares of BP gained on rumors the largest oil company in the world, Exxon Mobil, is considering a bid for the oil company responsible for the largest oil spill in the U.S., Reuters reported.

White House Kept a Lid on Oil Spill's Worst-Case Scenario

The White House blocked government scientists' efforts to disclose the worst-case environmental scenario related to the April 20 explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, citing a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to examine the spill.

Gulf Oil Spill Fund to Speed Up Payments to Victims

The $20 billion fund established to compensate victims of BP's Gulf oil spill has been criticized for processing claims too slowly. Kenneth Feinberg responded to those accusations Saturday, and said was implementing changes to make payments more quickly, and more generous.

BP Relief Well Reaches Macondo Well

BP's (BP) relief well reached intercepted the Macondo well, putting engineers in a position to permanently plug the well that spewed out millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Legal Briefing: Sex Discrimination Suits Hit Goldman, Tyson

Investment banks and chicken slaughterhouses don't have much in common, but evidently they both aren't the easiest places for women to make a living, based on the gender discrimination lawsuits filed against Goldman Sachs and Tyson Foods this week.

BP Says "Multiple Companies" Responsible for Gulf Oil Disaster

A report by BP (BP) says that "multiple companies and work teams" are responsible for the Gulf oil disaster that killed 11 workers and spewed out millions of gallons of oil into the ocean. "It is evident that a series of complex events, rather than a single mistake or failure, led to the tragedy," outgoing CEO Tony Hayward said in a statement. "Multiple parties, including BP, Halliburton and Transocean, were involved."

Why the Latest Oil-Rig Fire Is No BP Oil Spill Repeat

The news of a fire on a Mariner Energy-owned oil-rig platform in the Gulf drew instant comparisons with the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in April and caused the huge BP oil spill. But stark differences exist between the two incidents.

Brazilian and Chinese Tourists Rediscover America

Brazilian and Chinese visitors led a resurgence in foreign tourism spending within the U.S. in the first half of 2010, giving hope to domestic hoteliers, airline companies and others that the travel-spending slump of 2008 and 2009 is over, according to a report released Wednesday.

Is Transocean to Blame for
the Gulf Oil Spill?

Though BP has taken the brunt of the blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded was owned by Transocean, and as investigators delve deeper into what happened on April 20, they're focusing more on Transocean's maintenance of the rig.

Minerals Management Service: Revenue Over Regulation

After the BP disaster, the Minerals Management Service is under fire, and a presidential commission will hold a hearing. A report reveals how the MMS became partner with the industry it regulates, often putting revenue ahead of safety.

Transocean Says It Addressed 90% of Safety Issues Before Gulf Spill

Transocean (RIG), owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded on April 20, said Monday it had addressed 90% of the recommendations made in a BP (BP) audit before the accident. "Overall rig maintenance aboard the Deepwater Horizon met or exceeded regulatory and industry standards and, according to documents and testimony today by BP%u2019s own executives, the rig was found to be fit, strong and prepared for operations in the Gulf," Transocean told the Financial Times.

Displaced Gulf Coast Pets Will Find New Homes in N.J.

Pictures of oil-soaked birds and sea creatures are the public image of the BP oil spill. But they aren't the only animals affected: The economic catastrophe in the Gulf Coast region has forced people to surrender dogs and cats in droves because they can no longer afford to care for them.

Legal Briefing: Race and College Admissions

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Grutter v. Bollinger that race could be a "plus factor" considered in school admissions. On Tuesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the first case to ask precisely what that means.