A capping stack maintained by the Marine Well Containment Company is transported to a storage facility by crain (Photo: MWCC)

Gulf spill consortium gets new head

The organization was created in the wake of 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, and counts BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and other companies in its membership.
BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig

BP swipe at “reckless” ruling hinges on challenge to Halliburton expert

BP’s attempt to unravel a verdict that its recklessness caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill hinges on its legal and scientific challenge to the testimony of one expert and its bid to cast more blame for the disaster on cement contractor Halliburton.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP asks court to revise findings or grant new trial

BP wants a a federal judge to change his findings that it was reckless in the days before the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill or grant it a new trial.
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Fire at offshore Alaska gas platform prompts evacuation

No spill has been reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. The platform is operated by Hilcorp Alaska.
Categories: Accidents, Arctic
The Anadarko towers are shown Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Houston. The new Hackett Tower is shown on the left, and the Allison Tower is on the right. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Anadarko wants rehearing on oil spill fines

The Woodlands oil explorer wants to clear its name of oil spill penalties stemming from its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.
Black Elk Energy's sign is seen on the front of its office in the 11400 block of Katy Freeway. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Black Elk execs depart, start new firm

The man who founded and led Black Elk Energy, a Houston firm battered by a fatal 2012 explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, left the company a few weeks ago to try his hand at pumping oil on dry land.

BP says judge’s fact findings should limit its spill liability

BP is arguing in court that certain findings in a federal judge’s recent ruling actually work in its favor.
(Kamil Porembinski/Flickr)

Injuries reported in blast at Wyoming tank owned by Houston company

Houston-based EOG Resources owns a storage tank where an explosion Tuesday caused injuries but no deaths.
Categories: Accidents
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BP asks Texas Supreme Court for ruling that would cut spill costs

The legal question of the day, submitted by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to the justices in Texas, could change the way companies finance risky business operations well beyond the oil industry.
(AP file photo/Reed Saxon)

Occidental agrees to $190 million settlement with New Jersey

Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s chemical subsidiary has agreed to pay New Jersey $190 million to resolve liability stemming from damages to the Passaic River, the state’s attorney general announced Monday.