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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

This is an archived version of the committee's website, where the public, students and the media can continue to access and learn from our work.

Oil Spill in the Gulf

Recent Headlines

BP removes cap from Gulf well (Reuters)

Engineers prepare to remove gulf well's cap (Boston Globe)

Oil plume from spill persists, data show (Wall Street Journal)

Academic scientists say oil from gulf spill is not going away quickly (Washington Post)

Despite Directive, BP Used Oil Dispersant Often, Panel Finds (New York Times)

Coast Guard allows toxic chemical use on Gulf oil (AP)

BP's scientific integrity is questioned (LA Times)

BP to perform ‘static kill’ (Washington Post)

Documents indicate heavy use of dispersants in gulf oil spill (Washington Post)

Louisiana marshes damaged by oil but surprisingly resilient (USA Today)

Seeping oil spill threatens marshes’ intricate ecosystem (Miami Herald)

100 Days of Oil (AP)

Obama family to vacation on Florida’s Gulf coast (Miami Herald)

BP’s general council believes they will be found ‘grossly negligent’ (Houston Chronicle)

Gulf surface oil vanishing, but concerns remain (New York Times)

BP Spill May Cost Gulf $22 Billion (Bloomberg)

Criminal probe of oil spill to focus on 3 firms and their ties to regulators (Washington Post)

New CEO for BP (Christian Science Monitor)

BP Looks Toward $10B Tax Credit (Miami Herald)

BP well site leader was warned about dangers (Washington Post)

Well remains capped as possible storm heads for Gulf (USA Today)

Despite witnesses’ attempts to evade testimony, hearings gathering information (New York Times)

BP well remains sealed as pressure tests continue (Washington Post)

Obama says BP test results are first step (New York Times)

Well capped, but more hurdles remain (USA Today)

Video of New Containment Cap Being Placed (CNN)

Administration Bills BP for 99 Million (CNN)

Exxon Valdez Lessons Unlearned (Washington Post)

Gulf Spill Altering Food Chain (AP)

BP Plans to Sell Assets (LA Times)

Oil in Lake Pontchartrain: psychological damage to New Orleans (Washington Post)

State officials and scientists argue over how best to stop oil (New York Times)

Navy blimp to help in cleanup effort as oil reaches Texas (USA Today)

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The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created an environmental disaster.  Eleven people tragically lost their lives in the rig explosion and an estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil day are currently leaking from the broken drill pipe.

Families and businesses in coastal communities -- including the fishing, seafood, and tourism industries -- are bracing for the worst. The Gulf coast is also home to wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.

President Obama has acted quickly to help clean up the oil company’s mess. The Coast Guard, Homeland Security, Department of Interior, NOAA, EPA, Navy and Air Force have been working to contain the environmental damage since the explosion.

Leaders in Congress have launched a full inquiry. Getting answers from BP, Transocean and Halliburton is critical and will focus on: the cause of accident, the plan to stop the leak and ensuring clean up efforts are carried out to protect costal communities.

Speaker's page on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
NASA satellite images of the Gulf
Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation

Multimedia Resources


NASA Gulf Spill image 5/19
NASA satellite image taken 5/17/2010
BP Photo of oil spilling
BP photo of oil flowing from the broken pipe at 5,000 feet on May 11, 2010
Map of approximate oil locations
Map of NOAA Fisheries Closures

PLEASE NOTE: The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was created to explore American clean energy solutions that end our reliance on foreign oil and reduce carbon pollution.

The Select Committee was active during the 110th and 111th Congresses. This is an archived version of the website, to ensure that the public has ongoing access to the Select Committee record. This website, including external links, will not be updated after Jan. 3rd, 2010.

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