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The section of the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., where a heat exchanger blew up on April 2, 2010, killing seven workers. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has been criticized for taking four years to finish its investigation of the accident.

New, damning evidence of management failures within the U.S. Chemical Safety Board was presented Thursday at a congressional hearing. Read more»

The Dow chemical plant along the Brazos river in Freeport, Texas. The plant released 33 million toxicity-weighted pounds of water pollution in 2012, far more than the rest of the country combined.

Texas is the second-biggest water polluter in the country, in terms of pounds released. But when the toxicity of the pollution is factored in, Texas jumps to the top of the list — and it’s not even close. Read more»

Oxidized copper can be seen on the bow of the ship.

A 200-year-old shipwreck has been found off the Gulf Coast. The ship is filled with glass bottles, ceramic plates and boxes of muskets. Read more»

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»

Gunmen blocked traffic on a busy avenue in the Gulf of Mexico during rush hour Tuesday and dumped 35 bodies as motorists watched in horror, the Associated Press reports. Read more»

A whale shark off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in July 2010.

Hundreds of whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, have met up for their annual summer congregation in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more»

The Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig burns at the BP-Macondo well June 22 in the Gulf of Mexico.

The chief regulator of offshore drilling tried to suggest to the Senate this week that the Obama administration has been issuing permits almost as quickly as before the BP oil disaster, but a review has shown that's not true. Read more»

Oil prices are high and rising at an alarming pace. But even with their cash registers overflowing with dollars from struggling families, Big Oil is mobilizing to defeat President Obama's proposal to invest $4 billion annually in clean energy programs by ending unnecessary tax loopholes Read more»

After the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon well triggered the largest oil spill in United States history, BP vowed to "Make it Right" for Gulf Coast residents affected by the spill. One of the central pieces of BP's program to make amends was to create a claims system — as required under federal law — to compensate individuals and businesses that lost money as a result of the spill. Read more»

During the Deepwater Horizon incident, BP showed the world that they were willing to spin the story whichever direction would make them seem concerned or made the disaster seem, well, less disastrous. Just be glad they don't own any mine shafts in Chile. Read more» 1

Freeport-McMoRan’s investment in a Louisiana company will help purchase shallow-water drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. is investing $500 million in a Louisiana company set to ramp up oil production in the Gulf of Mexico in the next few years. Read more»

As part of the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Teams working on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, staff of the Department of Environmental Quality documented heavy oil impacts in Bay Jimmy and Barataria Bay last week in Louisiana. According to reports compiled by the Louisiana National Guard, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, skimming operations in Louisiana collected 18,849 gallons of oil and 1,704 cubic yards of oily debris in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.

BP announced on Sunday that its ruptured well in the Gulf has at last been sealed, but the long-term environmental effects of the disaster remain unclear. Earlier this month, scientists discovered a thick layer of oil on the floor of the Gulf. Oil is continuing to show up on shorelines, and large quantities have been discovered under the sand. Read more»

Scientists conducting research in the Gulf have found a thick layer of oily sediment on the ocean floor stretching for miles. Read more»

Earlier this week, major news outlets ran with headlines about how a new microbe has been found eating up BP’s oil, and how microbes have degraded the hydrocarbons so efficiently that the vast plumes of oil in the Gulf are now undetectable. No joke. Read more» 1

Preliminary tests show that a lack of oxygen in part of the Gulf of Mexico caused thousands of fish to die, according to Louisiana authorities quoted by the Los Angeles Times. Read more»

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