Tag: Deepwater Horizon

Spill trial: BP makes its case for lower pollution fines

BP’s fourth and final witness, Robert Cox, a practicing physician and toxicologist at the University of Mississippi Medical School, said he found the oil spill and the efforts to clean it up left no significant adverse human health impacts or threats to public health, based on his analysis of exhaustive state and federal data.  More »

U.S. witness: Spill response removed far less crude than BP expert estimates

A retired Coast Guard official testified Wednesday the massive oil spill response BP managed out of Houston in 2010 fell short of typical efforts to remove crude from the ocean.  More »

BP trial: Oil spill caused massive ecological damage, marine scientist says

U.S. prosecutors are arguing that BP should have to pay all of the $13.7 billion in Clean Water Act fines for the disaster, which killed 11 workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.  More »

Oil spill intensified Gulf inequality amid economic damage, U.S. witness says

Gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico caused serious and widespread sociocultural destruction in Louisiana and other states and exacerbated inequality in a region marked by economic immobility, the U.S. government’s second witness in BP’s oil spill case said Tuesday.  More »

First U.S. witness gives BP oil spill response high grade

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Meredith Austin noted that BP personnel had inappropriately packed up equipment at various branches of the response effort before the runaway Macando well was finally killed in September.  More »

Anadarko oil spill fines cut by $1.1 billion after ruling

The Woodlands-based oil company had owned 25 percent of the doomed Macondo well and is on the hook for up to $1,100 in fines for every barrel that reached the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

U.S. judge: BP’s lies about flow rate didn’t hinder Gulf oil spill response

“There is no dispute that BP lied,” about how much oil flowed from the Macondo well during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said, but that didn’t factor in to the effort to stop the blowout.  More »

Appeals court won’t rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment.  More »

BP details job cuts, capital spending declines in latest economic impact report

Numbers from the British oil giant’s annual economic impact report showed that capital spending fell to $9.1 billion in 2013.  More »

Texas law firm target of BP lawsuit

Gulf Coast businessmen Scott Walker, Kirk Ladner and Steve Seymour, who is also a Hancock County supervisor, filed the lawsuit in October in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Mississippi.  More »

BP appeals judge’s refusal to remove claims administrator

A brief filed Tuesday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted pleadings filed against BP before he was appointed.  More »

BP unit says big spill fines could cut deep

BP’s U.S. oil unit says high penalties for the Deepwater Horizon disaster would drain its available funds next year and dramatically weaken its finances amid plunging crude prices.  More »

Q&A: BP America CEO talks oil prices, opportunities

Minge is a former driller who has been with BP for more than three decades, including his most recent stint in Alaska.  More »

Feds boost liability cap for oil spills

Companies are still required to pay the entire costs of cleaning up after offshore spills. And the liability limit on economic damages is waived entirely if gross negligence, willful misconduct or other violations led to a spill.  More »

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 »
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