Gulf of Mexico

Science, Tech & 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?

The Gulf's Other Deep Sea Wealth

Scientists make a discovery near the seabed oil gusher. Temple University biology professor Erik Cordes talks about the giant deepwater reef recently found in the Gulf of Mexico.

Spill Threatens Climate Bill

Expanding offshore drilling was vital to a forthcoming Senate compromise on climate change; but the explosion of the oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico has thrown the future of the bill into question.