Category: Gulf oil spill

Federal judge rules against Transocean in spill subpoena challenge

A federal court on Monday rejected Transocean’s request to dismiss subpoenas for records tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Gulf spill claims administrator says BP complaint lacks merit

The claims administrator overseeing the multi-billion dollar settlement reached last year between BP and victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says BP’s complaint that he is violating the terms of the deal should be thrown out because he has immunity from being sued and he is simply following court directives.  More »

Ex-BP engineer can skip Gulf spill arraignment

A former BP engineer from Katy, Texas has filed a notice of his intent to plead not guilty to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and a judge has granted him permission not to show up at his scheduled arraignment this week.  More »

BP ignored Halliburton’s risk warning, witness says

A Halliburton engineer says he advised BP that the well had a “severe risk” of natural gas leaks with only six stabilizers.  More »

Transocean witness says rig was well-maintained

A Transocean executive disputed testimony from a witness who claimed the company maintained the rig in a grossly negligent manner.  More »

Halliburton calls BP’s sanctions request a ‘sideshow’ in Gulf spill trial

Halliburton asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out BP’s request for sanctions in the Gulf oil spill trial in a dispute over key evidence in the case, saying the cement contractor has not violated any court order.  More »

BP America chief to meet with workers to hear challenges they face

The new head of BP’s U.S. operations plans to visit employees to hear any challenges they face in their work as the British oil giant looks to overcome ongoing legal challenges and tries to grow its global portfolio following significant divestitures that were done to cover its Gulf oil spill liabilities.  More »

Alabama attorney general blasts BP for challenging Gulf oil spill claims

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is blasting British oil giant BP for challenging certain claims that could cost it billions of dollars as part of a class-action settlement the company agreed to last year with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Gulf oil spill judge tosses claims against M-I Swaco, Cameron

A federal judge Wednesday threw out all claims against one of the companies that provided services to the ill-fated Macondo well project and tossed punitive damages claims against a second, but he refused to dismiss claims against the three main firms involved _ BP, Transocean and Halliburton.  More »

Halliburton official destroyed notes of cement test related to Gulf oil spill

A former Halliburton lab manager testified Tuesday that a company official asked him not to record results of a cement stability test related to the well in the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster.  More »

Judge sets hearing for ‘fictitious claims’ in Gulf oil spill

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing next month on BP’s request to prevent payments on inflated or fictitious claims under a class-action settlement reached with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

BP withheld data from rig crew in Gulf disaster, expert says

The crew on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was “trying to get it right,” a Transocean drilling expert testified Monday. But, he added, BP withheld critical information from them.  More »

BP seeks injunction over Gulf oil spill settlement dispute

BP wants an injunction to prevent the administrator handling claims under a class-action settlement reached with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill from paying inflated or fictitious claims that could cost the British oil giant billions of dollars.  More »

Transocean maintenance showed negligence, engineer says

Transocean Ltd. (RIG)’s internal documents show the company failed to maintain the Deepwater Horizon, avoiding critical repairs and upkeep for years before the drilling rig burned and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, an engineer testified in the trial over fault for the disaster.  More »

Interior Dept. allows BP to bid on Gulf leases, with conditions

The Interior Department will allow BP to bid in next week’s Gulf of Mexico lease sale, despite its suspension from obtaining new federal contracts.  More »