'Deepwater Horizon' Oil Spill: Recent Activities and Ongoing Developments [May 12, 2014] [open pdf - 345KB]
From the introduction: "In the wake of the explosion of the 'Deepwater Horizon' offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010, federal agencies, state and local government agencies, and responsible parties faced an unprecedented challenge. Never before had a subsea drilling system discharge of this magnitude, or an oil spill of this size--estimated at approximately 206 million gallons (4.9 million barrels)-- occurred in U.S. waters. The incident tested the public and private response capabilities, as well as the legal framework of liability and compensation under the Oil Pollution Act. The oil spill cleanup, natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), and compensation processes continue today. This report provides a summary update of selected issues related to the 2010 'Deepwater Horizon' oil spill:  Oil Spill Response  Gulf Coast Restoration  Economic Claims and Other Payments  Civil and Criminal Settlements  Safety Reforms  Congressional Activity  Investigations and Reports More detailed analysis of these and other issues is addressed in other CRS [Congressional Research Service] products, some of which are listed at the end of this report."
CRS Report for Congress, R42942