Category: Gulf oil spill

Former BP executive’s trial delayed

A judge agreed to move the trial date to Oct. 15.  More »

Offshore operators should focus on building safety barriers

Offshore safety auditors will focus on identifying potential hazards and protective barriers against them, said Charlie Williams, director of the Center for Offshore Safety at a Thursday morning breakfast at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »

Feds challenge lawyer for former BP exec, say he may have conflict in Gulf spill case

Federal prosecutors say an attorney for a former BP executive charged with lying to Congress about how much oil was flowing after BP’s Gulf of Mexico well blew out in 2010 may have a conflict of interest that could prevent him from representing his client.  More »

BP exec tells OTC audience about lessons learned in Gulf spill response

Even as BP continues to fight litigation that could result in it having to pay billions of dollars more in fines and damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a senior company official says the British oil giant has already gone “above and beyond” what the law requires.  More »

BP agrees to more oil spill restoration projects in Gulf; Total reaches $665M

BP says the amount of money it will spend on early restoration projects to repair damage to the environment caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has now reached $665 million, more than half of the up to $1 billion it committed two years ago to spend.  More »

Ex-Gulf oil spill claims czar to run Boston Marathon victims’ fund

Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who previously ran the compensation fund for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, will head up a fund for victims of last month’s Boston Marathon bombings.  More »

Oil spill restoration money will be used on Galveston Island

About $10.7 million in Deepwater Horizon oil spill restoration money will be used for improvements at Galveston Island State Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said Thursday.  More »

Gulf spill cases against former BP employees advance

A federal judge has barred prosecutors at the trial of a former BP engineer charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill from telling jurors he was suspended from his job and that he retained a personal attorney.  More »

BP to fund $340 million in early restoration projects in Gulf

BP will pay $340 million toward the up to $1 billion the company agreed to pay in early restoration projects in states impacted by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana said Tuesday.  More »

Judge orders some BP attorney materials turned over in Gulf oil spill case

A judge has ordered BP to turn over to the U.S. government and Transocean some previously withheld documents that involve discussions by its lawyers about how to prepare the company’s responses to investigative inquiries about the amount of oil that was flowing after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.  More »

CDC: Death by helicopter leading killer for oil and gas workers

Death by helicopter is the leading cause of industrial accidents for oil and gas workers, according to a Center for Disease Control report issued Friday.  More »

Transocean on defense as support grows for new directors

Swiss drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. is defending its board and business strategy anew amid a corporate governance advocacy group’s support for two of the three directors being put forth at the company’s annual meeting by dissident shareholder Carl Icahn.  More »

Transocean ordered to turn over Deepwater Horizon docs

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Transocean to comply with federal subpoenas seeking records that could shed more light on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Gulf oil spill judge poses questions on gross negligence issue

The federal judge who must decide whether BP and its partners committed gross negligence in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is offering some clues as to how he will formulate his decision.  More »

Anadarko seeks dismissal of investor suit over Gulf spill

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., a partner in the BP Plc (BP/) well that was the source of the largest U.S. offshore spill, is set to ask a federal judge in Texas to throw out a lawsuit claiming the company misled investors over the project’s risks before and after the blowout.  More »