Category: Gulf oil spill

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 »

Spill trial: BP makes its case for lower pollution fines

BP’s fourth and final witness, Robert Cox, a practicing physician and toxicologist at the University of Mississippi Medical School, said he found the oil spill and the efforts to clean it up left no significant adverse human health impacts or threats to public health, based on his analysis of exhaustive state and federal data.  More »

BP trial: Oil spill caused massive ecological damage, marine scientist says

U.S. prosecutors are arguing that BP should have to pay all of the $13.7 billion in Clean Water Act fines for the disaster, which killed 11 workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.  More »

Oil spill intensified Gulf inequality amid economic damage, U.S. witness says

Gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico caused serious and widespread sociocultural destruction in Louisiana and other states and exacerbated inequality in a region marked by economic immobility, the U.S. government’s second witness in BP’s oil spill case said Tuesday.  More »

First U.S. witness gives BP oil spill response high grade

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Meredith Austin noted that BP personnel had inappropriately packed up equipment at various branches of the response effort before the runaway Macando well was finally killed in September.  More »

BP, U.S. attorneys clash in opening statements in oil spill trial

A U.S. prosecutor said in court Tuesday that BP shouldn’t see its environmental fines reduced much from the maximum $13.7 billion just for complying with the law.  More »

BP penalty trial begins in New Orleans

A federal judge on Tuesday will hear arguments from BP and U.S. government attorneys and experts in the long-running civil case over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

U.S. judge: BP’s lies about flow rate didn’t hinder Gulf oil spill response

“There is no dispute that BP lied,” about how much oil flowed from the Macondo well during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said, but that didn’t factor in to the effort to stop the blowout.  More »

Judge rules BP’s Macondo well spilled 3.19 million barrels of oil into Gulf

A federal judge ruled Thursday that BP’s runaway oil well in 2010 spewed 3.19 million barrels of crude in in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Appeals court won’t rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment.  More »

Texas law firm target of BP lawsuit

Gulf Coast businessmen Scott Walker, Kirk Ladner and Steve Seymour, who is also a Hancock County supervisor, filed the lawsuit in October in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Mississippi.  More »

BP appeals judge’s refusal to remove claims administrator

A brief filed Tuesday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted pleadings filed against BP before he was appointed.  More »

BP unit says big spill fines could cut deep

BP’s U.S. oil unit says high penalties for the Deepwater Horizon disaster would drain its available funds next year and dramatically weaken its finances amid plunging crude prices.  More »

Feds boost liability cap for oil spills

Companies are still required to pay the entire costs of cleaning up after offshore spills. And the liability limit on economic damages is waived entirely if gross negligence, willful misconduct or other violations led to a spill.  More »
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