Everyone remembers the catastrophic oil spills like BP’s in 2010. Few remember the slow motion spills, like Taylor Energy’s, which has been drip drip dripping for all of the past 10 years—a leak shrouded in secrecy and seemingly impossible to fix.
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.
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…
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?
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!
Fixing This | One year on, we take a look at the technologies used to combat the worst oil spill in US history
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.