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The plant would have been one of the industry’s first commercial-scale facilities.
Microbes may have eaten away at BP’s oil in deep water; now the marshland needs help.
Safety upgrades are critical but could mean higher prices for oil and gas.
But BP’s “top kill” method to stanch the spill could also break it wide open.
The disaster exposes overreliance on blowout preventers that has been long disparaged by insiders.
Newly discovered methane hydrate reserves deep in the ocean show promise for mining.