Strikingly beautiful pictures show the horrors of the BP oil spill

Seattle-based photographer Daniel Beltrá took these images for the book Spill (which you can buy here.) They're beautiful, perfectly crafted shots despite their horrible—and gut-wrenching to the point of nausea—subject matter: The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. » 3/18/14 6:25pm 3/18/14 6:25pm

BP Oil Spill Aftermath: Eyeless Shrimp, Clawless Crabs and Fish with…

Al Jazeera just published an astonishing report on the after-effects of the BP oil disaster, and it's not pretty. There are an alarming number of deformities in sea creatures: mutated shrimp, fish with sores and lesions, eyeless crabs and more. It's unlike anything local fisherman have ever seen. » 4/18/12 11:12am 4/18/12 11:12am

A 4,600 Gallon per Minute Oil Skimmer Just Won the $1.4 Million X…

Current industry-standard oil recovery equipment pulls roughly 1,000 gallons a minute but, as the Deep Water Horizon incident showed, that simply isn't good enough. So Wendy Schmidt—as in wife of ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt—put up a $1.4 million purse for any team that could extract 2,500 gallons a minute. Here's the… » 10/24/11 9:20pm 10/24/11 9:20pm

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

Trump Offered Obama a BP Spill Fix and "One of the Great Ballrooms of…

Donald Trump. Just a normal man with a normal ego. An ego so mild that he casually asked to be put in charge of BP repair operations. When he was turned down, he offered to build Obama a ballroom. Hoookay! » 4/27/11 10:20am 4/27/11 10:20am

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

BP Employee Lost Laptop Containing Personal Data of Oil Spill Victims

Uh oh! During some "routine business travel," a BP employee managed to lose a laptop which contains the personal data of the thousands of Louisiana residents who filed compensation claims after the Gulf oil spill: » 3/29/11 10:40pm 3/29/11 10:40pm

BP CEO Thinks Last Year Was Almost the Company's Best

Ah man, don't you hate those days where everything goes totally right except for when you, I dunno, step in a puddle? BP CEO Bob Dudley feels like that about BP in 2010, except his "puddle" was an environmental armageddon. » 1/25/11 9:20pm 1/25/11 9:20pm

Over 25 Billion Tweets Were Sent in 2010, and the iPad Was the Top Tech…

The year is only just grinding to a halt, but Twitter's already released its list of the top subjects tweeted about in 2010. Of the 25 billion tweets published, BP's Gulf oil spill disaster was the most tweeted-about term. » 12/13/10 6:20am 12/13/10 6:20am

BP Planning To Challenge Oil Spill Estimates To Reduce Their Fine

Sometimes we all have to to own up to our mistakes and serve the time. But not the classy folks at BP! According to the NY Times, BP will challenge estimates of the oil spilled in order to reduce their fine. » 12/04/10 4:00pm 12/04/10 4:00pm

BP Oil Spill Aftermath: Dead Coral Found Near Spill Site

Scientists have found dead and dying coral reefs 4,500 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The dead coral means that oil from the BP oil spill is harming marine life in the deep ocean too. » 11/06/10 3:00pm 11/06/10 3:00pm

BP's Oil Used as Paint For "Oil & Water Do Not Mix" Posters

I love the series of photos of Anthony Burrill using oil from Louisiana beaches left from the BP oil disaster for his posters. From something so horrible comes something pretty eye-catching—and beneficial for the charity the profits support. » 10/26/10 7:00am 10/26/10 7:00am

Burning the Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

With BP closing its book on the oil spill disaster, we're left to repair the damage—and look at Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky's dramatic photos from the last few months, including the Q4000's oil flaring. [Burtynsky via DesignBoom] » 9/14/10 7:00am 9/14/10 7:00am

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

Gulf Spill: Is The Oil Lurking Underwater?


Between 20 April and 15 July, BP released some 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Within weeks of the leak being plugged, researchers reported on the oil's rapid disappearance. Others are now challenging those early claims. » 8/21/10 9:30am 8/21/10 9:30am

BP Sand Shark Hunts Tarball Prey On Devastated Gulf Coast Beaches

Meet the Sand Shark. Unveiled this week on the sands of Alabama, this imperfect tool is perhaps the best weapon yet against the oily disaster BP has wrought against the Gulf coast. Updated. » 8/15/10 11:00am 8/15/10 11:00am

BP Declares Static Kill Cement Plug a Success

BP says they were successful in placing a cement plug on the leaking Gulf oil well, the final step of their static kill procedure. Their next effort will be the construction of a relief well. » 8/09/10 10:32am 8/09/10 10:32am

Using Power Plant Waste To Clean Up the Gulf

How are we going to clean up the Gulf oil mess? Easy. With waste material from power plants, of course. Oh, and it's a certifiably eco-friendly method. That's right: we're finally getting a real-life toxic avenger. » 8/05/10 10:00pm 8/05/10 10:00pm

Watch BP's Latest Attempt To Plug The Oil Spill

Since a containment cap wasn't the final solution, BP's making yet another attempt to plug the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf once and for all using a lot of mud and cement. You can watch the whole thing here. » 8/03/10 4:34pm 8/03/10 4:34pm