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Deadly oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico

By Bryan Dyne, November 19, 2012

An explosion on board an oil rig owned by Black Elk Energy in the Gulf of Mexico has killed at least one worker, with another missing and presumed dead as of Sunday afternoon.

BP settles for $4.5 billion in federal criminal charges

By Bryan Dyne, November 17, 2012

BP has reached a settlement on all criminal claims with the US Department of Justice and on all securities claims with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Government charges low-level BP employee in Gulf oil spill

By Tom Hall, April 28, 2012

The prosecution will be aimed not at exposing the real culpability for the BP disaster, but at covering it up. This has been the role of the Obama administration from the beginning.

Two years since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster

By Andre Damon, April 21, 2012

Two years after the worst environmental disaster in US history, BP is making billions in profits while its executives go unpunished.

BP settles for $7.8 billion in Gulf blowout

By Tom Eley, March 6, 2012

Oil giant BP will pay only $7.8 billion to settle with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil blowout.

Obama green lights new BP Gulf oil drilling

By Tom Eley, November 3, 2011

The Obama administration has allowed BP to start new deep-sea oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.

Report cites BP responsibility in Gulf blowout

By Tom Eley, September 24, 2011

A new government report attributes the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig to “poor risk management” by oil giant BP.

Gulf slick matches oil from BP spill

By Hiram Lee, August 30, 2011

Scientists confirm that oil observed in the Gulf of Mexico last week is a chemical match to oil from BP's Macondo well.

Obama opens up delicate Alaska ecosystem for drilling

By Bryan Dyne, August 16, 2011

A federal agency has approved the first new oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea since the Gulf oil spill last year.

One year since the BP oil spill: Obama “claims czar” provides no relief for the people of the Gulf

By Tom Eley, April 26, 2011

The Obama administration’s Gulf “claims czar,” Kenneth Feinberg, has blocked the vast majority of those hurt by the BP Gulf oil disaster from compensation.

One year since the BP oil spill: The environmental disaster continues

By Tom Eley, April 23, 2011

This is the third installment in a four-part WSWS series marking the first anniversary of the BP Gulf oil disaster. The catastrophic ecological and human health consequences will last for decades.

One year since the BP oil spill: A colossal failure of the “free market”

By Tom Eley, April 21, 2011

This second installment in a four-part WSWS series marking the first anniversary of the BP Gulf oil disaster focuses on the role of deregulation in creating conditions for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout.