Tag: Coast Guard

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 »

Noble pleads guilty to violations involving Arctic drillship

Noble Corp. pleaded guilty Monday to eight criminal charges tied to pollution, propulsion and record keeping problems with the two drilling rigs that bored Arctic oil wells for Shell in 2012.  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 »

Feds boosting oil spill liability limits

The Coast Guard moved Tuesday to boost the liability limits capping how much companies must pay for oil spills that foul U.S. waters.  More »

Iraq warns against unloading tanker of Kurdish crude anchored off Galveston

The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday cleared an oil tanker carrying Kurdish crude to offload its cargo, potentially paving the way for an import that could complicate U.S. relations with Iraq which has threatened to sue any buyers.  More »

Offshore regulators to keep eye on bad actors

Marine and drilling regulators vowed Thursday to keep a closer watch on oil companies and contractors they say are consistently cutting corners on safety offshore.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

Coast Guard: Gulf Coast cleanup efforts ‘far from over’

The Coast Guard is crying foul at BP’s statement this week that active cleanup efforts to remove oil along the Gulf Coast shorelines have ended.  More »

Drilling suspended after waves strike rig

Anadarko Petroleum suspended drilling while it evaluates the status of a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig hit by heavy waves Tuesday morning.  More »

BP says oil spill cleanup on the Gulf shoreline is complete

BP says it has completed operations to cleanse Gulf of Mexico shorelines of oil that spilled after Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2013.  More »

Offshore safety problems linger despite new efforts, Coast Guard admiral says

Despite mandatory offshore safety codes, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to find dozens of problems on deep-water drilling rigs and other vessels, even after oil companies have complied with rules for years and have anticipated inspections for months, a federal regulator said Thursday in Houston.  More »

Coast Guard blames 2012 Arctic rig grounding on bad decisions

Coast Guard investigators on Thursday rapped Shell Oil Co. and its contractors for failing to heed the dangers of towing a drilling rig across stormy Alaska waters in late 2012 — a voyage that ended when it ran aground on New Year’s Eve.  More »

No more oil found near Indiana refinery spill (photos)

The Coast Guard says crews didn’t find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week’s spill at BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery.  More »

Barge firm faces long legal haul

The operator of a barge that leaked oil into Galveston Bay after a collision can expect federal fines and damage claims that could climb into the millions.  More »

BP, feds cleaning up oil spill in Lake Michigan

The London oil company traced the oil leak to a glitch at its 1,400-acre Whiting facility on Monday afternoon. There were no injuries and the crude has stopped leaking, the company said.  More »
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