Category: Gulf oil spill

5 years after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — Five years after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. Opening this new frontier, miles below the bottom of the Gulf, requires engineering feats far beyond […]  More »

AP: Offshore wells buried during Hurricane Ivan have been leaking oil into the Gulf since 2004

An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what the company behind the leak has publicly reported.  More »

Activists occupy BP headquarters ahead of 5-year anniversary of Gulf oil spill

Protesters carried signs criticizing the company’s response to the 2010 offshore platform explosion and oil spill that killed 11 workers and unleashed hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in 2010.  More »

Judge says jury can decide Alabama’s Gulf-oil-spill claims

BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state.  More »

BP says paying a fraction of oil spill bill could put its U.S. unit in trouble

Fines for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster could reach as high as $13.7 billion against BP.  More »

U.S. appeals part of ruling in BP spill case

The judge’s decision that shaved more than $4 billion off the maximum pollution penalties BP must pay.  More »

Chemical Safety Board prevails in Deepwater Horizon case

In a dispute over Deepwater Horizon documents, the International Association of Drilling Contractors has warned that a court ruling in favor of the Chemical Safety Board would upset decades of precedent governing the offshore oil sector.  More »

Court upholds ruling on ‘seaman’s manslaughter’ in BP case

The decision could open the way for a trial on 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter.  More »

BP makes peace with oil spill claims boss

The British oil giant said Friday it is withdrawing an appeal of its request for a federal judge to fire Patrick Juneau, the claims administrator of BP’s settlement program, which has paid more than $4 billion to thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents who have claimed financial losses after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Judge rejects BP appeal on cap for Gulf oil spill liabilities

Barbier said he hasn’t yet determined the actual amount of the civil penalty stemming from the Gulf of Mexico spill, which could run as high as $13.7 billion.  More »

BP urges judges to remove head of oil spill settlement fund

It’s the oil giant’s latest legal effort to limit its losses from the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.  More »

Anadarko didn’t pay cleanup costs for Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. witness says

The statement may undermine the company’s argument that it shouldn’t be fined for the spill, while the U.S. government seeks more than $1 billion from Anadarko.  More »

Legal battles from 2010 spill to unfold in 2 U.S. courtrooms

On Monday, trial resumes in a federal district courtroom where BP and a minority partner in its ill-fated Macondo well are trying to fend off billions in Clean Water Act penalties.  More »

BP cuts jobs in Houston as it trims Gulf of Mexico business

Late last year, BP said it would incur restructuring charges of $1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 through the end of 2015.  More »

BP turns to environmental impact, financial state in oil spill penalty trial

BP will continue to build its case for lower environmental fines Tuesday in the long-running legal fight over how much it should pay for fouling the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »
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