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Oil will darken southern US coast for years

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The fragile economy and environment of the southern US coast will take years to recover from the worst oil spill in US history, President Barack Obama and his top disaster official warned Monday. As BP increased the amount of oil it is capturing from a broken Gulf…

BP says Gulf oil spill costs reach $1.25 billion

LONDON — British oil giant BP said Monday it had already spent 1.25 billion dollars on efforts to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company also said in a statement that a cap fitted on a leaking pipe a mile (1,600 metres) down on the sea bed had…

Obama pledges ‘every resource’ to aid Gulf citizens put out by oil disaster

President Barack Obama promised on Saturday to use “every resource” to help those affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as Americans awaited news of BP’s latest containment effort. In his weekly radio address, broadcast from Grand Isle, Louisiana, a community bearing the brunt of the spill, Obama pledged…

Expert: If cap fails, oil in Gulf will triple

The worst fears of one conservationist may be coming true. Admiral Thad Allen said Friday that the cap placed over the leaking well was only collecting oil at a rate of 42,000 gallons a day. Recent estimates put the leak’s flow at 500,000 to a million gallons a day. That…

Oil still leaking after BP caps oil pipe

BP reported some oil was flowing up a pipe Friday from a cap it wrestled onto its broken Gulf of Mexico well but crude still spewed and it was unclear how much could be captured in the latest bid to tame the nation’s worst oil spill. President Barack Obama was…

BP wrestles cap over leak as Obama heads back to Gulf

BP engineers wrestled a cap over a ruptured well gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, as a “furious” President Barack Obama prepared to head back to the stricken coast Friday. Remote-controlled submarines installed the cap over the spewing pipe nearly a mile (1,600 meters) below the surface late Thursday,…

Worst case: BP leak could last until Christmas

This year’s Christmas won’t be so merry under a worst-case scenario released Wednesday by a major energy investor. Writing about BP’s effort to plug a leak from a drill site that became exposed after a deepwater oil rig burst into flames and sunk in April, an energy investor noted that…

BP succeeds in cutting Gulf well’s riser pipe, creating ‘fresh spew of oil’

A remote controlled submarine successfully cut into the Deepwater Horizon’s riser pipe on Tuesday, creating a fresh oil gusher that BP hopes to fit with a cap once a diamond saw can be used to ensure the cut is perfectly clean. The dramatic scene played out on live streamed video,…

New Clues Emerge in Post-Katrina Vigilante Shooting at Algiers Point

Three days after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a ghost town, somebody shot Donnell Herrington twice in Algiers Point, ripping a hole in his throat. Herrington, who is African-American, says he was ambushed by a group of armed white men who attacked without warning or provocation. He barely survived…

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