Tasha Metz, a post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M Galveston, places a Ridley Sea Turtle into it's crate, on Bolivar Penninsula, which was this season's first live Ridley Sea Turtle's found after laying her nest of eggs. (Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle)

Despite BP oil spill, Kemp’s ridley turtle numbers at record levels in Texas

A record number of endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nests was found in Texas this year despite worries that nesting could be harmed by the BP oil disaster and a cold winter that killed hundreds of turtles.
(Photo: Sam Howzit/Flickr)

Judge throws out RICO claims vs. BP *update*

Gulf Coast businesses and residents can’t make claims that BP engaged in racketeering as part of last year’s oil spill, a federal judge ruled on today. The judge also said Anadarko must try to arbitrate its disputes over the failed Macondo well with BP before it can sue.
Commercial fishermen from St. Bernard Parish, La., hired by BP lay oil retention booms around New Harbor Island in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

BP oil still washing ashore one year after end of Gulf spill

Crude oil continues to wash ashore along the Gulf of Mexico coast a year after BP Plc stopped the flow from its damaged Macondo well, which caused the worst U.S. offshore spill, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP implements voluntary safety standards for Gulf drilling *updated*

BP today vowed it would take new steps to safeguard all of its oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters as part of a bid to reassure federal regulators the company can prevent a repeat of the lethal blowout at its Macondo well last year.
Ships move an oil boom into place near Cat Island off the Gulf Coast of Mississippi as part of Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. (AP file photo/U.S. Air Force)

Mississippi sues over BP’s $20B oil spill fund *updated*

Mississippi’s attorney general is suing the administrator of BP’s $20 billion oil spill fund to get access to claims filed by coastal residents.
The Helix Q4000 was deployed in September 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico during the BP oil spill. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Houston man charged with fraud in Deepwater claim case


A Houston man was arrested today on charges of fraud associated with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Categories: Gulf oil spill
Oil impacted marsh in Bay Jimmy is seen as Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser  and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham conducts a media tour over frustration with the BP and Coast Guard cleanup response in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster remains in marshes off the coast of Louisiana, where officials renewed complaints Friday about the cleanup effort by BP and the federal government. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

La. seeks over half billion in BP-funded projects

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the state will seek approval for more than a half billion dollars in projects to restore coastal areas and fisheries affected by last year’s BP oil spill.
The blowout preventer stack, right,  and lower marine riser stack, left, from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which was examined as evidence for federal investigations, are seen at the NASA Michaud Assembly facility in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Probe leaves questions about blowout preventer

The hydraulic system that powered the blowout preventer at BP’s failed Macondo well may never have had the capacity to stop last year’s Gulf of Mexico spill or any other such emergency, investigators say. But that possible deficiency — and other findings about the equipment used as a safeguard on thousands of wells — may never get a full airing.

Chevron uses Gulf slowdown to boost deep-water drilling odds

Some energy producers have used the lull in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP oil spill to shore up exploration plans and ensure they’re focused on the best targets. Chevron Corp., the largest leaseholder in the Gulf, is a prime example.
BP workers search for tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Horn Island in the Mississippi Sound out from Pascagoula, Miss. in January 2011. (AP Photo/The Sun Herald, James Edward Bates)

BP wants end to future loss spill claims

BP said that the economy along the Gulf Coast is improving and as a result most payments for projected future damages caused by its spill should stop. It also criticized several aspects of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility policies.