Gulf of Mexico

Environment

BP's $18.7 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement provides relief, but perhaps not justice

Five years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster caused billions of dollars in economic and environmental damages to the Gulf region. Civil and criminal lawsuits have kept BP in court for years. Now an agreement might bring relief for those government agencies seeking fines and compensation. But is it enough?

Dude, Where's the Oil?

There has been a lot of debate on how much oil is still in the Gulf of Mexico. Reported estimates range from 75 percent is gone to 75 percent is still there. How did such wildly different estimates get reported in the media?

Deepwater Disaster Three Years On

Just three years ago, the Deep Water Horizon oil spill poured 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, a team of chemists, engineers, and biologists is attempting to assess the damage to the Gulf ecosystem.

Health of the Gulf

The waters being pumped out of New Orleans' streets will most likely make their way to the Gulf of Mexico. A scientist tells LOE about the longterm impact this may have on the Gulf waters and the area's fisheries.