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  • Overnight road closure expected due to large fuel spill

    October 27, 2014 9:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters were expected to remain on the scene of a leaking tanker truck well into Monday night and possibly into Tuesday morning. Wyandotte Street near Scenic Highway closed around 8 p.m. Monday and will likely be closed into the early hours of Tuesday as a HAZMAT... more »
  • Sheriff: minimal damage from well leak

    June 21, 2014 10:48 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The well that was leaking oil and gas off Highway 75 into the night isn't expected to leak anymore. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi tells News 2 that in hindsight the leak was inevitable. Stassi says the well had been pumping oil and gas for months, but... more »
  • Worker resigns after Congressman's kiss goes viral

    April 16, 2014 10:23 PM

    MONROE- The woman some have fingered as the source of a leaked video where Rep. Vance McAllister is seen kissing an aid has resigned, KNOE TV reported Wednesday. Leah Gordon was the district manager at the office where McAllister kissed the woman who was not his wife. The video... more »
  • Leaking gas pipeline secured in Assumption Parish

    February 27, 2014 11:40 AM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - A pipeline valve that was leaking gas and emitting a loud noise has been secured in Assumption Parish. Acadian Gas reported the check valve on their pipeline opened Thursday morning. The noise could be heard throughout the community of Bayou Corne. Workers were able to... more »
  • Gas spill requires overnight attention

    October 28, 2013 8:50 PM

    ST. AMANT- Fire fighters and hazmat crews spent Monday night cleaning gasoline out of ditches near Highway 431 and Gold Place Road after a tanker truck leaked its load. Pictures from the scene show the semi apparently hit a pole making a turn, causing the leak. Chief James... more »
  • Gas leak now under control

    October 10, 2013 9:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A gas leak on the 9500 block of Barringer Foreman Road is now under control according responders at Entergy. The area between Airline and Jefferson Highways has reopened. St. George Fire Department did not detect any dangerous levels of natural gas in the area. more »
  • Oil Spill on the Mississippi River

    September 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    CONVENT - The Coast Guard says they are working with a vessel in the Mississippi River to clean up an oil spill. Officials say the spill is coming from a vessel at Yara Terminal Mile 167 stationed in Convent. Yara operators say the crew on board the vessel is... more »
  • NSA says it investigates its violations of privacy rules

    August 16, 2013 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House isn't commenting on the latest revelations about surveillance of Americans and foreigners by the National Security Agency. According to documents that were leaked by Edward Snowden, and published today in The Washington Post, the agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands... more »
  • All roads open after chemical leak prompts scare Play Video

    August 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The state Department of Environmental Quality said a leak at a chemical plant in West Baton Rouge has been stopped by emergency crews, and a recommendation for people in downtown Baton Rouge to shelter in place was lifted. The leak at ITC on River Road in... more »
  • Governor declares emergency over train derailment

    August 5, 2013 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a State of Emergency due to the train derailment and resulting hazardous material leak in St. Landry Parish. About 100 homes have been evacuated as officials work to clean up the site. The 26-car train derailment took place near the... more »
  • Cleanup underway at Lawtell derailment site

    August 5, 2013 8:01 AM

    LAWTELL - About 100 homes remain evacuated as officials work to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge. State police say crews are working to clear U.S. 190 which is blocked by the accident.... more »
  • Lots going on near well that caught fire last week

    July 28, 2013 7:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say gas detectors and automatic, high-capacity water hoses are being installed on a drilling rig where a natural gas well caught fire last week. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says another jack-up rig is being readied to drill a relief well to permanently... more »
  • Rig for relief well being positioned at gas leak

    July 27, 2013 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities say a rig is being positioned to drill a relief well for a gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, and a permit is in the final stages of review. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that it's reviewing Walter Oil... more »
  • NASA aborts spacewalk due to helmet leak

    July 16, 2013 9:31 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut's helmet. Italy's first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday's spacewalk.... more »
  • Temporary plug set in well that leaked last week

    July 15, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say a well that seeped natural gas for much of last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that Energy Resource Technology LLC used a "bridge plug" to isolate the... more »
  • Plan to seal leaking well gets federal OK

    July 11, 2013 12:14 PM

    PORT FOURCHON - Federal officials say they have approved plans to seal a gas well that began leaking Monday in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles southwest of Port Fourchon on the southeast Louisiana coast. Eileen Angelico, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says drilling fluid... more »
  • Snowden says he's proud to be labeled a traitor by Cheney

    June 17, 2013 3:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The man who leaked details about top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs is defending his actions. In what The Guardian newspaper said was an online chat with him, Edward Snowden attacked U.S. officials for calling him a traitor. He says he didn't reveal any U.S. operations against what he... more »
  • Emissions could increase during ExxonMobil repairs

    May 23, 2013 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A leak on environmental control equipment at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge could temporarily increase sulfur dioxide emissions from the plant, according to a spokesperson. ExxonMobil said employees discovered a small hole in the surface of a combuster in the sulfur recovery unit that removes... more »
  • Feds investigate leak of first lady's credit info

    March 12, 2013 12:42 PM

    LOS ANGELES - First lady Michelle Obama is the latest public figure to have her Social Security number and credit report leaked online by a website posting private data on celebrities and government officials. The FBI and the Secret Service are investigating the site, which has credit info on stars... more »
  • DEQ searching for source of school-closing smell Play Video

    February 8, 2013 5:56 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - Parents said they were frightened to hear a gas leak closed their children's school today in north Baton Rouge. Lucille McKnight said she received a phone call about 10:30 a.m. Friday with a recorded message from Crestworth Elementary telling her there was a gas leak, and parents... more »
  • Road shut down after workers hit gas line

    February 7, 2013 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police closed a portion of highway near LSU after workers pierced a gas line in the area this evening. Police closed West McKinley Street between Ilinois Street and Nicholson while HazMat crews responded to the leak. The nearby section of railroad was also closed until the... more »
  • Contractor causes gas leak near Prairieville

    February 6, 2013 4:21 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Firefighters responded to a leaking natural gas line that officials said was hit during road work. A Prairieville Fire captain said it happened around 2 p.m., and the leak was stopped in less than an hour. Rick Webre with Ascension Parish emergency management said a contractor... more »
  • Oil cleanup resuming at leaking Miss. River barge

    January 31, 2013 2:49 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Vessels are moving cautiously through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge is leaking oil as the Coast Guard tries to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation's vital commerce routes. Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski says officials are allowing northbound... more »
  • FAA to launch comprehensive review of Boeing 787

    January 11, 2013 7:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators say they are ordering a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing's 787s, the aircraft maker's newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week. The Federal Aviation Administration says the review will include the design, manufacture... more »
  • 'All clear' given after ammonia leak forces evacuations

    January 10, 2013 9:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People who were evacuated from their homes when ammonia leaked from an ice facility were allowed to return late Thursday evening. The leak was reported at the Reddy Ice facility on Myrtle Ave. Ammonia was found leaking from coolers at the business. Law enforcement evacuated a... more »
  • Ammonia leak leads to evacuation in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 10, 2013 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities evacuated an area of Baton Rouge after a reported ammonia leak this afternoon. The leak was reported at the Reddy Ice facility on Myrtle Ave. Ammonia was found leaking from coolers at the business. Law enforcement evacuated a two-block radius around the business, including... more »
  • CDC: Language barrier caused chlorine gas leak

    December 6, 2012 12:25 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a chlorine gas leak at an Arkansas poultry plant last year that sickened nearly 200 people occurred because a worker couldn't read English. The CDC said in a report released Thursday that a Spanish-speaking worker at the Tyson... more »
  • DEQ fines company over leaks after Isaac

    September 18, 2012 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State regulators say they are issuing a $12,189 fine against a chemical terminal flooded during Hurricane Isaac because it did not notify authorities fast enough about chemical releases. On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said it issued the fine against Stolthaven New Orleans LLC, a... more »
  • Report: Isaac damaged 2 tanks, chemicals leaked

    September 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A chemical storage facility southeast of New Orleans that flooded during Hurricane Isaac reported to state officials that no more than about 38,700 gallons of chemicals leaked from two tanks damaged by storm surge and that an underdetermined amount of chemicals flowed off the facility's grounds. The... more »
  • Road re-opened after gas leak

    September 11, 2012 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews re-opened Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge after a natural gas leak earlier this morning. A spokesperson for St. George Fire Department said construction crews struck an underground natural gas line in the area of Siegen and North Mall Drive near I-10. Siegen was... more »
  • Fireball on I-10 is first step toward clearing wreck, opening highway Play Video

    August 23, 2012 12:57 AM

    Update: 3:38 a.m. - Fire officials say the evacuation and shelter in place have been lifted for residents living around the accident site on I-10 at Essen. BATON ROUGE- Emergency crews began the process of cleaning up a hazardous materials crash scene on I-10 early Thursday morning. ... more »
  • Small leak reported, contained at plant Tuesday evening

    May 22, 2012 10:35 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A small chlorine leak has been reported at the Georgia Gulf plant on River Road, south of the town. News2 has been told the company dealt with the issue, and contained the leak. No word on how serious the leak was, or what emergency personnel are responding,... more »
  • DEQ: Refrigerant leak reported at Honeywell

    May 14, 2012 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Environmental quality said a chemical leak was quickly addressed at the Baton Rouge Honeywell plant today, and didn't result in any emergency. A DEQ spokesperson said ten pounds of Trichlorofluoromethane, a form of freon refrigerant, was released from a leaking flange. The... more »
  • ExxonMobil rushes to clean up oil leak Play Video

    April 30, 2012 5:37 PM

    TORBERT, La.- ExxonMobil is rushing to clean up at least 80,000 gallons of crude oil that leaked from one of their pipelines over the weekend. Engineers in Houston noticed a loss of pressure in the pipeline Saturday night and immediately shut it down, but the source of the leak... more »
  • Chemical leak reported at Avondale container yard

    January 16, 2012 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say there has been a chemical leak at Avondale Container Yard. Jefferson Parish firefighters arrived at the scene early Monday. The chemical was identified as sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate, a substance used in fungicides and algaecides. The Environmental Protection Agency says sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate is used... more »
  • Overturned oil tanker causes major headache Play Video

    November 28, 2011 5:11 PM

    CLINTON-- It took crews nearly 11 hours to clean up the roadway after an oil tanker carrying more than 7,300 gallons of crude oil ran off the road and flipped over into a ditch. Motorists were left to maneuver the long way around the spill from 3 a.m. until... more »
  • Raw sewage spews into busy Baton Rouge street

    September 6, 2011 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A broken piece of galvanized pipe is to blame for causing raw sewage to spew into a busy street in Baton Rouge. The Department of Public Works fixed the line that feeds into 50 other pumping stations late this afternoon. The sewage litters the intersections of Hooper... more »
  • Port Allen looking for details, long-term plans following tank leak

    August 1, 2011 10:19 PM

    PORT ALLEN- People in Port Allen, near the Port of Greater Baton Rouge wanted answers Monday night about a chemical leak two weeks ago and made their concerns heard loud and clear. On July 18, Ammonia leaked while crews were moving asphalt into a storage tank. People complained the... more »
  • DPW finds raw sewage seeping into storm drains

    July 18, 2011 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On South Amite Drive north of Florida Boulevard near the parish line, neighbors are dealing with a stinky situation. The sewer line has two leaks sending raw sewage into the storm drains. The smell stings the nostrils, and Claretha Kinchen is fed up. She called... more »
  • Gas leak closes portion of street, park in BR

    April 21, 2011 7:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A construction crew digging at Independence Park in Baton Rouge hit a gas line this afternoon and caused a significant leak, according to the city fire department. Robert Combs with BRFD said they've shut down Independence Street north of the park between East Airport Drive and... more »
  • 'All Clear' given for natural gas leak on LSU campus

    March 10, 2011 11:13 AM

    UPDATE 12:08 p.m. - LSU officials have given the all-clear after this morning's natural gas leak, and people are being allowed back into the affected area. BATON ROUGE - LSU officials sent out a campus-wide alert a short time ago, warning people to stay away from a natural gas... more »
  • Gas leak stopped at Gulf platform

    January 30, 2011 9:49 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- Federal authorities say a natural gas leak has been stopped at a platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the southwestern Louisiana coast. The platform is located about 93 miles offshore, south of Lake Charles, in about 173 feet of water. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,... more »
  • UPDATE: I-10 reopen after poisonous gas leak

    October 30, 2010 9:59 AM

    Interstate 10 is reopen between I-49 and LA 415. Officials say an 18-wheeler was leaking a poisonous gas because of a loose valve. The truck was transporting Silicon Tetrafluoride, which is an inhalation hazard. Emergency and cleanup crews are at the scene. No homes were evacuated. News... more »
  • Chalmette refinery leak temporarily solved, one worker killed

    October 8, 2010 10:31 AM

    State Police say a hydrogen sulfide gas leak at Chalmette Refining LLC's Chalmette plant has been contained, but not completely sealed. Trooper Melissa Matey said Friday that workers are waiting for a part needed to finish closing the leak. She says the leak is being monitored and has not affected... more »
  • Greek company to pay $700,000 in pollution case

    September 30, 2010 5:15 AM

    A Greek shipping company has been ordered to pay $700,000 in criminal penalties for violating federal pollution laws. Stanships Inc. of Athens, Greece, pleaded guilty in June to charges that one of its ships knowingly discharged oil in the Gulf of Mexico and falsified ship records to conceal the pollution.... more »
  • One lane of I-55 North reopens

    September 21, 2010 10:18 AM

    UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. One lane of I-55 Northbound has been reopened near Independence in Tangipahoa Parish. Hazmat crews are cleaning chemicals off the highway after a tanker truck started leaking. Dispatchers said the truck driver pulled over around 9 a.m. when he discovered the truck was leaking a... more »
  • Coast Guard: no signs of oil leaking from platform fire

    September 3, 2010 10:39 AM

    Daybreak brought no reports of oil leaking from an offshore oil platform that erupted in flames Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said. Petty Officer Steve Lehmann in New Orleans said an 87-foot Coast Guard cutter patrolling the area has not reported any signs of leaks. A... more »
  • Feds downplay risk of oil leak when cap removed

    September 1, 2010 11:32 AM

    The federal government's point man on the Gulf of Mexico spill response says there is no "significant risk" that more oil will leak into the sea when engineers remove the temporary cap Thursday that first contained the gusher in mid-July. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Wednesday that vessels... more »
  • Evacuation order cancelled for chemical leak

    August 30, 2010 11:14 AM

    UPDATE: People evacuated from their homes after a chemical in North Baton Rouge are now allowed to return home. The Baton Rouge Fire Department was called to the Kelly Trace Apartments at 999 Rosenwald just before 3 a.m., after residents reported a foul smell in the area. Firefighters found... more »
  • Oil leak from well in Jefferson Parish capped

    August 2, 2010 6:17 AM

    The Coast Guard says a leak from an abandoned oil well on Bayou St. Denis in southern Jefferson Parish has been capped. Capt. John Arenstam says the leak was capped shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday. A barge struck the long abandoned well on July 27. Oil skimming and recovery operations... more »
  • I-10 back open

    July 30, 2010 4:13 AM

    3:40 a.m. Update : All lanes are open on I-10 west at the Lobdell/ LA 415 exit and on I-10 east at the Ramah exit are open. I-10 Eastbound and westbound is shutdown around the Grosse Tete exit. (Near mile marker 136) An 18-wheeler has overturned and is... more »
  • Capping the "other well"

    July 28, 2010 11:13 AM

    Efforts are under way to cap a spewing wellhead in Barataria Bay. It's been leaking since yesterday. The Coast Guard says a towboat was pushing a barge on Mud Lake--just north of Barataria Bay-- when it hit the abandoned wellhead, around 1 a.m. The towboat captain says the... more »
  • Obama: Nothing new in leaked documents

    July 27, 2010 12:12 PM

    President Obama spoke this morning, for the first time, on the massive leak of sensitive documents about the Afghanistan war. He said the disclosure of classified information from the battlefield "could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations," but he said the papers don't bring any new information to the table.... more »
  • Oil spill work on hold as TS Bonnie approaches

    July 23, 2010 4:53 AM

    Work to permanently cap the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is at a standstill after ships were ordered to evacuate because of Tropical Storm Bonnie. There had been worries that the cap that has mostly contained the oil would have to be reopened and left gushing if... more »
  • Feds let BP keep oil cap closed for another day

    July 19, 2010 6:24 AM

    Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says he's authorized BP to keep the cap on its busted well for another 24 hours after the company pledged to closely monitor the seafloor for signs of a new leak. Allen says a federal science team held a conference call with BP representatives Sunday... more »
  • BP: No signs of underground leak

    July 16, 2010 7:45 AM

    BP says it is encouraged by early results from the latest cap on the Gulf well. At this time there is no sign of an underground leak. Over the next two days, BP will take regular pressure readings. A drop might indicate that oil is leaking somewhere else, such as... more »
  • Testing to resume on cap

    July 15, 2010 9:03 AM

    BP says it hopes to restart the testing process on the cap it put on top of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, now that a leak in the machinery has been fixed. Testing of the cap's capabilities could begin later today. The work was interrupted after a leak was... more »
  • BP asked to pay to plug leaking levee

    July 10, 2010 1:16 PM

    Terrebonne Parish levee officials are asking BP to pay for a temporary plug in a leaking levee, fearing oil from its busted well in the Gulf of Mexico could pass through. The Houma Courier reported the Terrebonne Levee District wants $298,000 for work on the levee in the Montegut area.... more »
  • Whale sharks spotted near oil spill

    July 1, 2010 10:19 AM

    Whale sharks may be the latest casualty of the Gulf oil spill. The giant fish have been seen in heavy oil a few miles from the spewing well. Whale sharks feed by vacuuming in large amounts of water in their mouths, filtering plankton and other food. That means the... more »
  • One injured in house explosion

    June 30, 2010 5:32 AM

    One person was injured after a natural gas leak caused an explosion at a home in Old South Baton Rouge. It happened around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at 1502 Matilda Street. Firefighters say there something inside the home ignited causing an explosion, leveling the home. One person was taken to the... more »
  • Gulf oil relief well ahead of schedule

    June 17, 2010 10:05 AM

    A rig drilling a relief well meant to help stop the oil from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Adm. Thad Allen says the drill is 10,000 feet below the seabed. It could come within ten feet of the... more »
  • Oil in Utah leaked from quarter-size hole

    June 14, 2010 2:28 PM

    Chevron says a hole the size of a quarter, caused 33,000 gallons of oil to leak into a creek in Salt Lake City. Refinery officials say the leak was caused by an electrical arc that traveled through a metal fence post. The spill has coated about 300 birds... more »
  • BP to boost ability to capture oil from leak

    June 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    BP says it plans to boost its ability to catch oil leaking from the well in the Gulf by early next week. By then, a drilling rig should be set up to capture and burn about 420,000 gallons of oil daily. Once that oil makes it onto a processing ship,... more »
  • Containment dome: capturing 630,000 gallons per day

    June 9, 2010 10:58 AM

    The oil containment process in the Gulf of Mexico is capturing up to 630,000 gallons of oil a day, and that amount could double by next week, according to Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. He acknowledges that the amount of oil being contained is close to exceeding the capacity on... more »
  • Allen: Containment cap continuing to show promise

    June 8, 2010 9:29 AM

    Adm. Thad Allen says a containment cap installed on the BP rig is helping to limit the leak. Allen says more than 14,800 barrels of oil have been kept out of Gulf waters in the last 24 hours. Allen also says the amount of oil kept from spilling into the... more »
  • BP: 48 hours before clear if mud stops oil leak

    May 28, 2010 6:13 AM

    The chief executive of BP PLC says it will be about 48 hours before they know if pumping heavy mud into a blown-out well is successful in stopping the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. CEO Tony Hayward says his confidence level in the well-plugging bid remains at about 60... more »
  • How the "top kill" works

    May 26, 2010 6:13 PM

    The "top kill" is BP's newest plan for stopping the oil leak in the Gulf. It involves pumping mud and concrete into the blowout preventer, the device sitting directly on top of the well. News 2's Luke Margolis gets answers on what's being done five thousand feet deep. more »
  • BP CEO yet to make call on choking Gulf oil gusher

    May 26, 2010 6:26 AM

    BP CEO says expects to decide this morning whether to go ahead with filling oil leak with mud. BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward says if he gives the green light, he expects the so-called top kill procedure to happen Wednesday. Hayward pegged its chances of success in this case... more »
  • BP: Equipment in place for Gulf 'top kill' try

    May 25, 2010 9:11 AM

    BP engineers say they have the equipment in place to try a complicated procedure that they hope will seal the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well. BP says they hope to launch the "top kill" on Wednesday and will soon start 12 hours of tests to prepare for the maneuver.... more »
  • Memorial for oil workers

    May 25, 2010 7:17 AM

    The 11 workers who were killed when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded will be remembered in a memorial service this afternoon in Jackson, Miss. The explosion triggered a massive leak that's been spilling into the Gulf of Mexico for more than a month. BP's attempts to stop the leak... more »
  • BP: 2,000 barrels a day now captured from oil leak

    May 18, 2010 8:45 AM

    BP says its mile-long tube siphoning oil from a blown-out well is bringing more crude to the surface. BP PLC says the narrow tube is now drawing 2,000 barrels a day for collection in a tanker, double the amount when it started operation Sunday. The company hopes the method can... more »
  • Smaller oil containment box lowered into the Gulf

    May 12, 2010 5:35 AM

    A second, smaller oil containment box was lowered into the sea near the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The box was being slowly submerged to the seabed, but it won't be placed over the spewing well right away. BP says engineers want to make sure everything is configured... more »
  • Senate hearings prompting spill blame game

    May 11, 2010 6:42 AM

    The finger-pointing has started as Congress begins hearings today on the massive oil spill in the Gulf. Executives of the three companies involved in the drilling activities are trying to shift responsibility to each other in Testimony prepared for a pair of hearings. Lawmakers are expected to ask BP why... more »
  • BP pumps dispersant on main oil leak

    May 10, 2010 10:33 AM

    BP has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to continuously spray chemicals underwater on the main oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Workers began pumping the chemicals on the site at 4:30 a.m. Monday morning. The dispersants had never been tried at 5,000 feet underwater. Experts have... more »
  • Blowout preventers known to fail

    May 8, 2010 10:16 AM

    An Associated Press investigation shows cutoff valves like the one that failed to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster have repeatedly broken down at other wells in the years since federal regulators weakened testing requirements. These steel monsters known as blowout preventers guard the mouth of wells and... more »

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