A former African-American BP executive claims she was fired by her ex-employer because her colleagues and superiors were uncomfortable with her ethnic hair style…

via BBC News The US government says it will continue its case against BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill despite a deal the company reached on Friday with the largest group of private claimants. The $7.8bn (£4.9bn) deal does not address “significant damages” to the environment after the Gulf of Mexico spill, the […]

via CNN Dragged before Congress as gas prices explode at the pump, oil executives mounted a vigorous defense of their business practices on Thursday — pushing back against plans to eliminate tax breaks for the “big five” oil and gas companies. All five executives acknowledged rising prices at the pump, but much of their testimony […]

via BBC News A lax safety culture and poorly working kit aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig contributed to last year’s explosion, the US Coast Guard says. In a report on the incident, which killed 11 and caused a massive spill, the agency criticised the practices and training of rig owner Transocean. It said equipment […]

  via CNN More than eight months after an oil rig explosion launched the biggest oil disaster in U.S. history, Louisiana officials say they’re still finding thick layers of oil along parts of the state’s coastline. “Every day, this shoreline is moving inland,” lessening flood protection for residents, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said. On […]

CANTON, OH (WOIO) – A Canton store owner won’t be charged after shooting at two masked gunmen who tried to rob him early Sunday morning. The entire crime was caught on tape. Cops say the punks, one carrying a shotgun, pushed their way into a Market Ave. BP station and ordered Khaled Nahal to give them some money. Instead […]

For six months, I have lived and worked near ground zero of the worst oil disaster in US history. I’ve traveled on boats hunting thick, reddish peanut butter-colored crude that slowly washed towards the coastal marshes of southern Louisiana. I watched tough, resourceful people of the bayou weep at the sight of the oily tide […]

The blown-out well at the heart of the worst oil spill in U.S. history has been cemented shut and is “effectively dead,” the federal government’s point man for the disaster said Sunday. “Additional regulatory steps will be undertaken but we can now state, definitively, that the Macondo well poses no continuing threat to the Gulf […]

A new blowout preventer has been placed atop BP’s problem oil well, a move that should allow crews to drill into the well deep underground and kill it for good in about a week.

BP PLC plans to move ahead with replacing the blowout preventer that sits atop the well that unleashed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, despite failing in attempts to remove pieces of drill pipe stuck inside the device, the federal oil-spill response chief said Friday.

  Testing of BP’s newly capped Gulf of Mexico oil well has been extended for a further 24 hours. The US official in charge of the spill clean-up, Admiral Thad Allen, said the “integrity test” would not stop until Sunday afternoon. He added that when the test ceased, containment of the spill using surface ships […]

NEW ORLEANS — BP’s massive oil spill became the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday based on the highest of the federal government’s estimates, an ominous record that underscores the oil giant’s dire need to halt the gusher. The oil that’s spewed for two and a half months from a blown-out well […]