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  • A worker makes adjustments to oil boom July 19, 2010 near Pointe Aux Chenes, Louisiana. Officials are concerned about leakage reportedly spotted near BP's newly installed oil well cap which appeared to be sealed.

    After insisting that a pair of costly relief wells were the only sure way to kill the Gulf oil leak, BP officials said Monday they may be able to do it with just lines running from a ship to the blown-out well a mile below.

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    An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, ruptured a well head in the Gulf of Mexico, setting in motion one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

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    Following is a timeline of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and its impact:

  • Corporate America has a lesson to learn here—we must act as though people’s lives and livelihoods depend upon our decisions. Because they do. The best defense against disaster, whether natural or man-made, is to take steps now to ensure your organization is safeguarded against accidents, fortified to withstand them, and buoyant enough to recover in their wake.

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    To rebuild BP's , advertising experts recommended that the company look beyond traditional media and take steps to build a relationship with the public through social media.

  • A truck enters a BP chemical plant near Hitchcock, Texas

    The SEC is closely looking at dates between April 20—when the oil explosion happened in the Gulf of Mexico—and late June—when the company was deeply engaged in trying to cap the oil well.

  • 20-foot oil leak shooting up in plaquemines parish.

    Oil and gas leaked Tuesday from a damaged well on a waterway north of a bay where officials have been fighting the spill from the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • BP CEO Tony Hayward

    The biggest challenge for Dudley is going to be reconfiguring the company culture toward rigorous accountability. Going forward, corporate social responsibility (CSR) will have a new found meaning at BP.

  • BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg

    Citing what a busy day it was, a meeting facilitator explained to investors and analysts that “Carl-Henric has other commitments he must fulfill” and that “unfortunately, he has to leave us now.” Mr. Svanberg had taken just four questions from callers.

  • Bob Dudley, the Executive Director of BP, arrives at their headquarters in St James's Square on July 26, 2010 in London, England.

    With the gush of oil apparently stopped in the Gulf of Mexico, BP will now focus on repairing its image and fixing the battered coastline, new company CEO Robert Dudley told CNBC.

  • Only one permit for shallow offshore drilling has been issued since June 18, effectively leading to an "unofficial mortatorium," Hercules Offshore CEO John Rynd said on CNBC Monday morning.

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    For those in Congress who insist they are guided by the Almighty, would they not want to alleviate the suffering caused around the world by climate change, massive oil spills and oil wars?

  • Workers clean up oil patches and tar that washed up on the beach from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on June 8, 2010 in Orange Beach, Alabama.

    "I'm hearing from them constantly." That's what Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of a $20 billion oil spill compensation fund, told members of Congress. Them? Real estate agents and brokers. "They make a credible argument," he adds.

  • Transocean Offshore Installation Manager Chris Wokowsky stands on the deck of the Development Driller II, which is drilling a relief well, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

    The federal government's spill chief said a relief tunnel should finally reach BP's broken Gulf of Mexico well by the weekend, meaning the three-month-old gusher could be snuffed for good within two weeks.

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    Two years after gasoline prices hit a record high of more than $4 a gallon, light trucks, SUVs and crossovers are popular again. "The further we get past the gas crisis, the less people remember it,” says one industry analyst.

  • Crisis in the Gulf

    The US ban on offshore drilling could have long-term consequences on oil prices, Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency, told CNBC Monday, on the eve of the three-month anniversary of the BP  Gulf of Mexico oil spill that led to the moratorium.

  • Kenneth R. Feinberg

    The administrator of a $20 billion Gulf oil spill compensation fund says fishermen and others with lost income claims would be "crazy" to bypass the fund and take their chances in court.

  • Veterinarians clean an oil covered brown pelican found off the Louisiana coast and affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

    Many have dubbed the Gulf oil spill as the worst environmental disaster in American history. In my view, it’s not even close. Here are the 10 worst ones.

  • Cash in a trap

    It’s no secret that bond funds are where the action has been over the past year, with most new fund money going their way. What is a secret—or at least something that never gets discussed—is the cost of investing in bond funds.

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    BP finally gained control over one of America's biggest environmental catastrophes by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring, though no one was declaring victory just yet.