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  • BP Station

    With oil still spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, BP is clearly under growing pressure. One front is focusing on the company's dividend. Today, we want to know if you think BP should lower it, suspend it or keep shelling it out. Share your opinion in our poll.

  • Official trophy of the BP Crosstown Cup.

    For BP, a company that’s had a helluva time getting a “cup” on the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher it is responsible for, it’s now connected to another cup, the BP Crosstown Cup in Chicago. And it's a strikeout for the oil producer.

  • Offshore supply vessels assist and observe the worksite of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

    It has been a reverse-gusher of a week for Anadarko, a 25 percent investor in the BP drilling disaster. Its stock has been the worst performing on the S&P 500 this week, as investors anguish over Anadarko’s possible liability.

  • BP Station

    There's a bit of a British backlash over BP. They're upset over the way the White House is treating the company after it caused the biggest environmental disaster in US history. We want to know if you think the Brits are being overly sensitive. Share your opinion in our poll.

  • Workers shell oysters at the P&J Oyster Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company, which sells some 60,000 oysters per day to restaurants in the New Orleans area, could face shortages in supply if the federal government moves to close off more areas of the Gulf to commercial fishing due to the BP oil spill.

    In an effort to push back the oil, Louisiana is increasing the flow of fresh water into the marshland where the oysters are harvested. That means, at least at this moment, the fresh water is a bigger threat to the oyster beds, than the ever-growing oil slick coming from BP's well.

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    In the absence of congressional action on climate change, the Senate is heading toward a much-watched vote on whether the Obama administration should be allowed to go ahead with regulations curtailing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other major polluters.

  • Members of the National Wildlife Federation look over the edge of their boat while surveying the oxidized oil off of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana. The oil is being broken up by chemical dispersants and is drifting throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

    Tests confirmed that some toxic compounds that would evaporate in a shallow-water spill are instead spreading, just as President Obama plans his fourth trip to the region. The NYT reports.

  • Crisis in the Gulf

    "You and I eat steaks and pizza. Microbes eat hydrocarbons," says Kennedy, President and CEO of Bioremediation, Inc., a company that uses microbes to clean up hazardous chemicals.

  • BP will survive the debacle in the gulf, yet the oil giant will remain impaired years down the road, said Paul Smith, chief risk officer at Mobius Risk Group, which ones a commodity advisory firm.

  • Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

    The oil industry’s foremost authority on reservoir management and upstream technology called the BP oil spill a Black Swan event that, however catastrophic, has the potential to improve drilling practices in particular and the industry in general.

  • Amish Farmer

    Amish farmers are facing growing scrutiny for agricultural practices that the federal government sees as environmentally destructive.

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    About 6,000 claims in total have been filed against BP since its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • With the Gulf of Mexico oil spill now the worst in US history, public pressure is growing on BP to contain and remove the ever-spreading slick. There are numerous potential cleanup methods, some that are already being used and others that are...well, rather non-traditional.BP has said it had  on alternate cleanup methods by the end of May and is seriously looking at 700 of them. With estimates of the total spilled so far ranging from around 700,000 barrels to over 2.5 million barrels, it will be

    There are numerous potential cleanup methods, some that are already being used and others that are... well, rather non-traditional.

  • Contract workers patrol the beach to pick up oil that washed ashore on a public beach on June 2, 2010 in Dauphin Island, Alabama. Oil believed to be from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident began to appear yesterday on the shores of Alabama.

    The U.S. Department of Interior said Tuesday that oil has been leaking from a non-BP well into the Gulf of Mexico, but put the size of the leak at less than a barrel a day.

  • Going green has made sense for many companies in the past years, and the proven benefit to the bottom line has begun to sink in gradually as companies battle tarnished reputations (BP, Goldman Sachs) and distrust in the marketplace. Suddenly, sustainability and going green are popular.

  • Heavy oil pools along the side of a boom just outside Cat Island in Barataria Bay.

    It seems unthinkable, even now, that the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could bring down the mighty BP. But investment bankers get paid to think the unthinkable — and that is just what they are doing. The New York times explains.

  • Simulated oil splatter on a BP gas station sign in Manhattan, New York.

    With no consensus among experts on how much oil is pouring from the wellhead, it is hard, if not impossible, to assess the containment cap’s effectiveness.  The NYT reports.

  • Boone T. Pickens

    It's possible that the current oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico could last a year, said oilman T. Boone Pickins, citing similar leaks.

  • Offshore supply vessels assist and observe the worksite of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

    A machine known as the Voraxial Separator uses force to pull apart oil and water that have mixed together and could be helpful in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill.

  • Video still of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    As officials reported a gradual increase in the amount of oil being captured from a spewing wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, BP said it plans to replace the cap collecting the crude with a slightly bigger device next month.