The Risky Hunt for the Last Oil Reserves Does Deep Sea Drilling Have a Future?

The oil catastrophe afflicting the Gulf of Mexico underscores just how dangerous offshore oil exploration can be. Oil companies are seeking to extract the planet's last remaining barrels by drilling from ever-deeper sites on the ocean floor that wouldn't even have been considered not too many years ago.
Von Philip Bethge, Alexander Jung, Nils Klawitter und Renate Nimtz-Koester
The burning Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico

The burning Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico

Foto: Gerald Herbert/ AP