The Gulf of Mexico oil spill

The explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico triggered the largest oil spill in US history. Millions of gallons of oil continued to leak until July 15. This page contains stories about the results of the spill.

As BP plugs leak, report says most of oil is gone

BP claimed a key victory Wednesday in the effort to plug its blown-out well as a government report said much of the spilled oil is gone -- though what's left is still at least quadruple the amount that poured from the Exxon Valdez. (AP, 12 p.m.)

BP halts flow of oil; anxious wait begins

BP announced that it had capped its hemorrhaging well, at least temporarily, marking the first time in nearly three months that oil was not gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. (Boston Globe, 7/16/10)

Migration to gulf a new threat to endangered plovers

The piping plover had all but disappeared by the 1980s along the East Coast, as beaches were developed and visited more often. Now, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be the tiny white bird’s latest nemesis. (Globe Staff, 7/2/10)

On the trail of deep-sea oil

Scientists will use the information gathered by underwater gliders to map the oil swirling hundreds and thousands of feet beneath the ocean’s surface, and that will help them figure out how the oil is moving and where it might appear next. (Boston Globe, 6/14/10)

Gulf oil leak estimate soaring

A government panel roughly doubled its estimate of the amount of oil that had gushed for weeks from the out-of-control BP well even before the latest attempt to cap it. (New York Times, 6/11)

New England companies scramble to answer call to fight Gulf oil spill

Workers struggle around the clock with the demanding task of containing a month-and-a-half-old spill. (By Erin Ailworth, Boston Globe, 6/7/10)

Gulf oil spill may harm New England’s bluefin catch

The fate of one of New England’s most prized fish may be unfolding more than a thousand miles away in the Gulf of Mexico. (By Beth Daley, Boston Globe, 6/1/10)


The Big Picture

Caught in the oil

Caught in the oil
The Big Picture

Oil reaches La. shores

Oil reaches Louisiana shores
Measuring the size

How much oil?

How much oil has spilled in the Gulf?
The Big Picture
Scenes from the Gulf