Category: Gulf oil spill

BP, Transocean botched safety tests, witness says

The rig’s crew misinterpreted results of negative pressure, an oil drilling expert said.  More »

Ex-BP rig supervisor testifies at Gulf spill trial

A retired BP employee testified he never felt pressure to sacrifice safety to save money.  More »

BP ready to move back to the future, CEO says

BP is keen to resume its role as one of the most intrepid exploration companies in the business, chastened by its past, BP CEO Bob Dudley told a crowded audience of top energy executives and leading minds in a Tuesday morning address at IHS CERA week.  More »

BP faces 2014 trial over investors’ Gulf spill claims

BP Plc will face a jury trial Aug. 25, 2014, in federal court in Houston on investors’ multibillion-dollar allegations that the company hid the true size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to limit the effect on its stock price.  More »

Oil spill judge hears from rig blast survivor

A Transocean employee who survived the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion testified at the Gulf oil spill trial Tuesday that a subordinate killed in the blast was one of the workers who apparently missed signs that BP’s well was about to blow out.  More »

BP executive defends report on Gulf oil spill

The BP executive who led the company’s probe of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion denied Monday that his investigators narrowly focused on rig workers’ actions to spare onshore engineers and managers from blame for the disaster.  More »

Transocean chief disappointed with Gulf oil spill insurance ruling

Transocean will fight for its fair share of proceeds from insurance policies providing for at least $750 million in coverage amid an appeals court ruling that allows BP to tap into the money to help pay for its liabilities related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

BP report didn’t mention safety-test talk, witness says

BP Plc’s report about its investigation of an oil spill that fouled the Gulf of Mexico didn’t mention a conversation between two company officials about a key safety test the night of the blast, an executive testified.  More »

BP wins appeal on Gulf oil spill insurance claim

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, the presiding judge in the trial, and said that BP can tap into insurance policies held by rig owner Transocean that provided for at least $750 million in coverage.  More »

Transocean, Halliburton say their Gulf spill tabs should be BP’s burden

In court papers filed Friday, Transocean asserts that any damages it is ordered to pay are BP’s responsibility because BP has admitted to misleading the U.S. government about the amount of oil that flowed after the Macondo well blowout.  More »

Feds charge 15 with scamming BP oil spill fund

Fifteen people were charged Thursday with felony fraud for allegedly filing bogus claims for help after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Timeline: The Gulf oil spill’s legal war

Nearly three years after BP’s Macondo well blew out and spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the legal wrangling continues. View the complex web of lawsuits and criminal indictments that have followed the worst offshore oil spill in history.  More »

Live tweets from inside the BP oil spill trial courtroom

FuelFix reporter Harry R. Weber will be covering the BP trial live.  More »

BP left out critical details in spill report, attorneys allege

Plaintiffs attorneys at a civil trial in New Orleans federal court are trying to show BP’s Gulf spill report was self-serving and designed to shield the company from billions of dollars in damages.  More »

BP drilled despite unsafe conditions, expert says at Gulf spill trial

The undersea well that blew out and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history was a kettle waiting to explode weeks before the disaster, a well design expert testified Wednesday.  More »