Category: Gulf oil spill

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 »

Feds blast BP’s request to cut billions in spill fines

The outcome of this latest legal tussle between the British oil giant and federal prosecutors could mean a difference of $11 billion on BP’s final bill for spilling millions of barrels of oil into the ocean four years ago.  More »

Supreme Court denies BP’s petition to review settlement case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied BP’s request for the court to review the 2012 oil spill settlement it reached with thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Man pleads guilty in oil spill fraud case

Charlie English worked as a claims adjuster for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.  More »

Ex-BP executive fighting Gulf oil spill charges

Among the defense arguments are: one count is unconstitutionally vague; the congressional subcommittee investigation that Rainey is accused of obstructing had not been properly authorized; and one of the charges takes Rainey’s statements about the flow rate from the well out of context.  More »

BP, audit spell out documentation issues at spill claims office

A report from an independent accounting firm could give BP more ammunition for its long legal fight over its massive oil spill settlement.  More »

Deepwater Horizon damages paid with almost no error, audit shows

The Deepwater Horizon claims office that BP has painted as the source of hundreds of millions in unjust and fictitious payments actually has dispersed damage awards with a 99.5 percent accuracy rate, according to an audit released in court papers Tuesday.  More »

BP asks judge to cap spill penalties at $12 billion

BP wants a federal judge to cap its potential oil-spill pollution fines at a maximum of $12.3 billion, a move that would cut away nearly a third of the penalties U.S. prosecutors are seeking for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Judge denies BP request to oust oil spill claims boss

A federal judge on Monday refused to oust the claims administrator in charge of dispensing BP’s oil spill settlement money to Gulf Coast claimants, despite BP’s criticisms in recent months.  More »

Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill

BP is facing $18 billion in penalties stemming from the 2010 oil spill.  More »

Commentary: Is the Deepwater Horizon movie a good idea?

The movie based on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster starring Mark Wahlberg is set for release Sept. 30, 2016.  More »

Key testimony in BP oil spill ruling wasn’t excluded, DOJ says

That evidence played prominently in the judge’s finding that BP, owner of the Macondo well, was grossly negligent, a ruling that raises the stakes for the oil major  More »

Supreme Court denies Louisiana lawsuits against BP

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from 11 Louisiana parishes that wanted to revive their lawsuits over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

Oil spill claims boss rebuts BP’s bid to remove him

The Louisiana lawyer in charge of dispensing BP’s oil spill settlement responded to the company’s request to remove him from the post, saying BP knew when he was appointed that he previously had represented the state in spill claims.  More »

Treasury clears way for oil spill recovery grants

A Treasury Department statement says that, so far, the trust fund has $653 million. That figure is expected to grow by billions.  More »
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