Hidden Menace in the Gulf of Mexico: Oil Spill's Real Threat Lies Beneath the Surface

Hidden Menace in the Gulf of Mexico: Oil Spill's Real Threat Lies Beneath the Surface

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico spill is vastly larger than the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989, but where is all the oil? While efforts to protect coastlines have been making the headlines, the real ecological catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is unfolding deep beneath the water's surface. By Philip Bethge more...

The World from Berlin: Washington and BP -- 'Like a Junkie Controlling His Dealer'

The World from Berlin: Washington and BP -- 'Like a Junkie Controlling His Dealer'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 25, 2010

It took a little over a month, but over the weekend oil leaking from the BP wellhead on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico began clogging the sensitive ecosystems in the Mississippi River delta. US politicians are venting, but German commentators doubt whether Washington will rein in the oil industry. more...


Danger for Florida: Oil Slick Could Ride Ocean Current to Pollute Further

Danger for Florida: Oil Slick Could Ride Ocean Current to Pollute Further

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2010

Experts feared that it would happen -- and now it has. The devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has come in contact with a strong ocean current. As a result, the oil could end up further afield, with unforeseen and potentially devastating consequences. By Christoph Seidler more...

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

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

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2010

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. By Philip Bethge, Alexander Jung, Nils Klawitter and Renate Nimtz-Koester more... Comment ]


BP CEO Tony Hayward on Deepwater Horizon: 'It Is Too Early to Talk about Liabilities'

BP CEO Tony Hayward on Deepwater Horizon: 'It Is Too Early to Talk about Liabilities'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 10, 2010

Oil giant BP has accepted responsibility for cleaning up the oil spill from the sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico, which could be the biggest environmental catastrophe in American history. In an interview with SPIEGEL, BP CEO Tony Hayward says that, while his company is ready and able to pay for containing the damage, the spill does not mean the end for deep water drilling. more...

Gulf of Mexico Spill: Expert Recommends Killing Oil-Soaked Birds

Gulf of Mexico Spill: Expert Recommends Killing Oil-Soaked Birds

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2010

A German biologist says that efforts to clean oil-drenched birds in the Gulf of Mexico are in vain. For the birds' sake, it would be faster and less painful if animal-rescue workers put them under, she says. Studies and other experts back her up. more...


Opinion: Whether Oil Slick or Financial Crisis, Those Who Cause Catastrophes Should Pay

Opinion: Whether Oil Slick or Financial Crisis, Those Who Cause Catastrophes Should Pay

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2010

What do the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico and the Greek crisis have in common? Both are man-made disasters. But while BP plans to shoulder the costs of the catastrophe it has caused, the financial wizards behind the euro crisis are not being held to account. By Christoph Schwennicke more...

Deep Trouble in the Gulf of Mexico: 'A Disaster of Epic Proportions'

Deep Trouble in the Gulf of Mexico: 'A Disaster of Epic Proportions'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 04, 2010

The oil spill from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico could turn into the biggest environmental catastrophe in US history. It could take months to stop the oil flow, and the damage to the local economy and wildlife could be huge. The accident is likely to hamper US President Barack Obama's plans to extend offshore drilling. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]


The World From Berlin: 'The Oil Catastrophe Will Be BP's Katrina, Not Obama's'

The World From Berlin: 'The Oil Catastrophe Will Be BP's Katrina, Not Obama's'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2010

It could turn out to be America's worst ecological disaster yet. Oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico following last month's explosion of a BP oil rig. German commentators on Monday take a look at the political implications for the Obama administration. more...