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Oil spill cleanup, containment efforts, hearings in wake of gulf disaster

Cleanup and containment efforts continue at the Gulf of Mexico site of the oil spill following the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

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Top Kill Fails; BP Trying other options
Video | BP's 'top kill' operation has failed to plug the oil leak in the Gulf. The company is now planning to cut off the damaged riser from which the oil is leaking and cap it with a containment valve. (May 29)
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Oil spill cleanup, containment efforts, hearings in wake of gulf disaster
Photos | Cleanup and containment efforts continue at the Gulf of Mexico site of the oil spill following the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
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Oil well partner attacks BP as 'reckless'
Article | BP's three-front oil spill war -- on the seafloor, on the Gulf Coast and in Congress -- turned into a four-front battle Friday when its main partner in the damaged exploration well blamed the oil giant's "reckless decisions and actions" for causing a disaster that was "preventable."
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Deep-water drilling's ride against the tide
Article | Willie Sutton robbed banks because that's where the money is. And oil companies venture into deep waters for exploration because that's where the oil is.
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BP taps well of District lobbyists
Article | Companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are hiring a bevy of high-priced Washington lobbyists and consultants to help them weather the crisis, as investigations heat up and calls for policy changes intensify.
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Cap placed on well is slowing flow of oil into the gulf
Article | A containment cap placed over BP's gushing undersea oil well captured 6,077 barrels of oil during its first 24 hours in operation, between a quarter and a half of the amount that is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico each day, authorities said Saturday.
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Video of oil cap being placed over blown-out well
Video | After a cap is placed over the blown-out well, oil is seen continuing to spew from the well. (No audio)
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Administration: BP agrees to expedite oil spill claim payments
Article | Oil giant BP, under mounting pressure to meet its obligations in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has agreed to implement a more transparent and expedited claims process to pay individuals and businesses harmed by the disaster, U.S. officials said Thursday.
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In speech, Obama urges action on energy bill
Article | President Obama urged the nation Tuesday to rally behind legislation that would begin changing the way the country consumes and generates energy, saying the expanding oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is "the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is n...
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Reflections from the Gulf of Mexico
Article | Six months after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig led to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, residents and community leaders along the Gulf Coast reflect on how life has changed.
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Grass-roots efforts sprout in D.C. area to aid victims of gulf oil spill
Article | After Erin Allweiss saw thick, black oil sludging up on the coast near her native New Orleans, she decided to do something. The 27-year-old Capitol Hill staffer scooped some of the sand, like melting fudge, into a Ziploc bag to take back to Washington, and she started organizing a fundraiser with...
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For all its blunders, BP didn't cut and run
Article | BP is coming in for plenty of abuse these days, and certainly much of it is deserved. Mistakes made by BP officials, or contractors and suppliers they engaged and supervised, led to a preventable explosion that killed 11 people and unleashed an environmental disaster of immense but still unknown ...
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Bacteria devoured methane gas from gulf oil spill, scientists say
Article | Last August, just two days into a research cruise to study methane gas spewed into the Gulf of Mexico by the Deepwater Horizon gusher, Texas A&M University oceanographer John Kessler turned to one of his colleagues and said, "Well, it looks like it might be gone. What do you think?"
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Two steps forward -- but still little to say on size of spill
Article | In the Gulf of Mexico, victories remain small and sour. On Tuesday, the U.S. government announced two steps forward in the battle against the massive oil spill -- including an increase in the oil being siphoned to the surface -- and, in the process, revealed how little it still knows about the pr...
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Drilling rig inspections scrutinized
Article | In May 2007, an auditor named David McKay arrived by helicopter on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon. His mission was to assess the rig's compliance with an international safety and environmental protection code.
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A wounded Gulf of Mexico, and an elusive prognosis
Article | How dead is the Gulf of Mexico? It is perhaps the most important question of the BP oil spill -- but scientists don't appear close to answering it despite a historically vast effort. In the 2 1/2 months since the spill began, the gulf has been examined by an armada of researchers -- from federal ...
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U.S. attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. to visit Gulf Coast
Article | Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will visit areas affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Tuesday as the Justice Department considers whether to launch a criminal investigation into the disaster.
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Administration gives BP deadline for better spill containment
Article | Waves of crude oil reached the Alabama shoreline Saturday as the Obama administration announced it has given BP until the end of the weekend to devise a more aggressive strategy for collecting oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.
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BP chief: 'We care about the small people'
Video | After a White House meeting with President Barack Obama, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters he cares about the small people living along the Gulf coast. (June 16)
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Oil spill draws scientists to gulf
Article | REDFISH BAY, LA. -- In a strangely silent corner of this usually thriving bay, charter captain Kevin Beach of Metairie says he should be seeing "shrimp, trout jumping, sea gulls . . . and knuckleheads like myself high-fiving over a catch."
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BP sells $7 billion in assets to Texas firm
Article | BP has sold oil and gas properties in the United States, Egypt and Canada to Houston-based Apache Corp. for $7 billion as part of the oil giant's effort to raise cash to cover oil spill expenses and bolster its financial position, the two companies announced Tuesday.
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Concerns over oil move inland as detritus piles up
Article | GRAND ISLE, LA. -- The pile of soiled boom sitting more than four feet high and cooking under the summer sun at an abandoned shipyard here will be a part of the oil spill that endures.
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Video of oil cap being placed over blown-out well
Video | After a cap is placed over the blown-out well, oil is seen continuing to spew from the well. (No audio)

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