Gulf of Mexico oil spill

NASA image of Gulf coast oil spill

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is spewing about 210,000 gallons (954,500 liters) of oil a day into the ocean, the Coast Guard estimates.

On April 22, 2010, Swiss-based Transocean Ltd's Deepwater Horizon rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico, two days after it exploded and caught fire while it was finishing a well for BP Plc about 40 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

While BP and the Coast Guard have already mounted what BP has called the largest oil spill containment operation in history, involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the oil slick continues to threaten coastal wildlife refuges, pristine beaches and estuaries in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Stay tuned to this page for the latest news on this unfolding story:

U.S. Coast Guard considers lighting oil spill on fire

The controlled burns would be done far from shore, and crews would make sure marine life was protected.

Political fallout spreads with Gulf oil slick

Specter of oil reaching Florida beaches has Florida governor and Obama reconsidering their positions on offshore drilling.

Feds hear warnings about offshore drilling along East Coast

The Obama administration plans to open East Coast waters to oil exploration, but environmentalists and coastal residents criticize the move.

Opponents dominate NJ hearing on proposed offshore drilling

Residents and environmentalists tell federal officials they worried about the state's environment in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Agencies to probe blast that sank oil rig

Homeland Security and the Departments of Interior are launching a joint investigation into the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Gulf of Mexico spill may hit Louisiana coast this weekend

The spill occurred 36 miles from Louisiana's shore, but a shift in wind could push the spill to the state's coast by the weekend.

More drilling planned at site of oil leak

Drilling will soon begin to take pressure off the blown-out well that is spewing 42,000 gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.

Engineers build giant dome to contain U.S. oil spill

BP's four robotic submarines have been unable to stop oil from leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf oil spill gives Florida governor pause over drilling

Gov. Charlie Crist is reconsidering drilling off Florida's coast.

Oil spill growing in Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana coast

Wind is currently blowing the oil away from the shore, but winds could shift and bring oil to the coast.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: BP scrambles to cap leak with robots

Company uses robotic underwater vehicles to capture an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil that are leaking into the ocean each day.

'Major oil spill' as rig sinks off U.S. coast

Officials said the spill has the potential to be the worst in the U.S. since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill in Alaska.

Oil spill could be Italy's eco-disaster

Spill began in the Lambro and has since reached the Po River Valley, the most important agricultural region in Italy.

Tanker collision spills 18,000 gallons of oil off Texas

An 820-foot tanker collided with a supply ship early Wednesday morning. Clean-up efforts have yet to begin, but the leak has been secured.

Ship operator pleads guilty in SF Bay oil spill

Fleet Management Ltd. agrees to pay $10 million fine.

The biggest US oil spill you never heard of

Brooklyn residents are pushing Big Oil and the government to remove millions of gallons of petroleum from their neighborhood.

Green States: Cap'n Hazelwood's wild ride

On the 20th anniversary of the mess, the Exxon Valdez still stains.