Where Deepwater Horizon's Oil Went—and How Researchers Found It

It's over four years since Deepwater Horizon went belly up—but the whereabouts of two million barrels of oil that burst out from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico has remained a mystery. Now, a team of scientists believe they've found it. » 10/28/14 8:40am 10/28/14 8:40am

Capping the Deep Water Horizon Well Could Have Caused an Even Bigger…

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that after the Deep Water Horizon disaster, engineers and scientists weren't sure that capping the Macondo well was the best idea. In fact, it could have lead to an even larger, harder to control spill. » 12/04/12 1:20pm 12/04/12 1:20pm

MIT Develops Way to Magnetically Separate Oil from Water

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it seemed everyone was on the brink of discovering the definitive method for separating oil from water. Hair. Straw. Sand. A lot of suggestions were thrown out there by the happy-to-help public. » 9/12/12 8:30pm 9/12/12 8:30pm

BP Has Another Spill On Their Hands

Seriously? BP admitted today that a pipeline leak on Saturday resulted in "2,100 to 4,200 gallons" of methanol and oily water being spilled onto the Alaskan tundra. After last year's 5 million barrels spilt, can they really afford even small screw-ups? » 7/18/11 10:54am 7/18/11 10:54am

The Cost of the BP Disaster, One Year Later

Exactly a year ago, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank to the bottom of the ocean, beginning the slow underwater seep of 5 million barrels of oil. Today, the Gulf is better—but the disaster's damage remains. » 4/20/11 1:20pm 4/20/11 1:20pm

Exhaustive Investigation Details Final Moments of the Doomed Deepwater…

Earlier this year one of the worst oil-related disasters ever caused by man started with a deadly explosion. Now, eight months later, questions are answered. Chief among them is how a rig with so many failsafes could fail so spectacularly. » 12/26/10 8:00pm 12/26/10 8:00pm

BP's Oil Spill Report Lays Blame on "Multiple Companies and Work Teams"

After five months of investigations, soul-searching and naval-gazing, BP's released its report today summarizing exactly how a catastrophe such as their Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster could have occurred. And it's a doozy. » 9/08/10 8:20am 9/08/10 8:20am

Oil-Eating Bacteria Having Fun, Getting Fat, Munching BPs Spillage

You know when you drop some food on the kitchen floor and eventually the cockroaches eat it all up and there's nothing left? The same thing is happening in the crisis-hit Gulf of Mexico, with bacteria chomping up the hydrocarbons. » 8/25/10 8:40pm 8/25/10 8:40pm

Giz Explains: What Is Liquidmetal?

Apple has a new toy. It's a materials company called Liquidmetal, and everybody's talking! Problem is, nobody seems too sure what they're talking about. So, Liquidmetal: What is this stuff? And what does Apple want with it? » 8/17/10 2:00pm 8/17/10 2:00pm

"Critical Alarm System" Turned Off Before Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil…

BP knew about the Deepwater Horizon oil rig's safety risks a year while ago. So, naturally, the "critical alarm system" that would've warned workers bad things are happening was intentionally disabled before the explosion that took down the rig. » 7/24/10 5:45pm 7/24/10 5:45pm

BP Successfully Stops Oil Flow

According to BP officials, the implementation of their latest containment seal at the Deepwater Horizon rig has been successful. That means that for the first time in months, no new oil is gushing into the Gulf. » 7/15/10 4:13pm 7/15/10 4:13pm

BP Foresaw its Doom in 1970s "Offshore Oil Strike" Board Game

Offshore Oil Strike is a genuine BP-endorsed board game from the 1970s, in which players manage an offshore drilling operation. Hazard cards hinder gamers with clean-up costs and rig explosions. It'd be a great joke, if it wasn't real. » 7/06/10 8:00am 7/06/10 8:00am

When Things Fall Apart: The Nightmares of an Offshore Oil Rig Worker

"I know at any moment this machine could destroy itself and there won't be a thing I can do about it. What a mutinous thing when a machine, usually so faithful and repetitious, turns against us." » 6/29/10 10:00pm 6/29/10 10:00pm

How BP's Deepwater Horizon Failsafe Failed

It's been two months since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig started spewing toxicity into the Gulf of Mexico. And we're just now learning how the rig's last line of defense failed to prevent one modern history's biggest ecological disasters. » 6/21/10 7:20pm 6/21/10 7:20pm

Just How Deep is the Deepwater Horizon Gusher?

The ocean is a deep, deep place. And the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, it turns out, its pretty damn deep as well. Just check out this great infographic from Our Amazing Planet. [Our Amazing Planet via The Daily What] » 6/10/10 3:40pm 6/10/10 3:40pm

These Are the Evil Dark Tentacles of BP's Oil

See the black tentacles grasping Louisiana's coast? That's the product of BP's recklessness, Deepwater Horizon's oilpocalypse descending upon the shores of Blind Day and Redfish Bay, in the Mississipi Delta. There's no oil dispersant that could clean this mess. » 6/03/10 11:40am 6/03/10 11:40am

BP Knew of Deepwater Horizon Safety Risks Almost a Year Ago

Top kill has failed. As BP moves on to whatever it is they plan to do next, we're learning executives knew there were "serious problems and safety concerns" with the rig as early as 11 months ago, and did nothing. » 5/30/10 10:00am 5/30/10 10:00am

How to Fix the BP-Halliburton Louisiana Oil Disaster—Kind Of

Cleaning up the effect of the disastrous oil eruption in the Gulf Coast—thanks BP-Halliburton!—is a huge job. Here are some of the tech options available when it comes to cleaning up a gigantic mess like this: » 5/05/10 5:20pm 5/05/10 5:20pm