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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill site on July 4, 2010.

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges alleging that a former BP employee destroyed critical evidence in the early days of the Gulf oil spill. Read more»

An aerial view of drilling activity in the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field of Wyoming.

In a first, federal environment officials Thursday scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming likely were caused by the gas drilling process. Read more»

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on March 18.

The rough consensus: The long-term and most severe effects from radiation at the plant, where four of six reactors are in crisis and hundreds of tons of spent fuel is a risk, will be largely contained to the area around the plant, affect a relatively limited population and will likely not spread outside Japan. Read more» 1

Heavily oiled brown pelicans captured at Grand Isle, La., on June 3 wait to be cleaned at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Care Center in Buras, La.

The Deepwater Horizon blowout was not the first of BP's safety problems. Internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways. Read more»

A high volume skimming system skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, La.

The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow of leaking oil from deep below the Gulf of Mexico could create a new set of environmental problems. Read more»

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