Tag: Deepwater Horizon

BP says oil spill bill over $2 billion would be “severe”

Any fine above $2 billion against BP for the Deepwater Horizon disaster would be “extraordinary and severe,” double the highest-ever U.S. water-pollution fine and potentially crippling its American oil business, BP said in court documents.  More »

Video: Ocean researchers show what BP spill site looks like five years later

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists with an ocean research and exploration group released video of what the underwater site of one of the worst oil spills in history looks like today.  More »

Activists occupy BP headquarters ahead of 5-year anniversary of Gulf oil spill

Protesters carried signs criticizing the company’s response to the 2010 offshore platform explosion and oil spill that killed 11 workers and unleashed hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in 2010.  More »

Five years after Gulf disaster, feds ready new well control and blowout preventer mandates

The Obama administration is poised to lay out new requirements for controlling offshore wells, nearly five years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill vividly illustrated the damage that can be unleashed when they are not kept in check.  More »

Chemical Safety Board prevails in Deepwater Horizon case

In a dispute over Deepwater Horizon documents, the International Association of Drilling Contractors has warned that a court ruling in favor of the Chemical Safety Board would upset decades of precedent governing the offshore oil sector.  More »

BP makes peace with oil spill claims boss

The British oil giant said Friday it is withdrawing an appeal of its request for a federal judge to fire Patrick Juneau, the claims administrator of BP’s settlement program, which has paid more than $4 billion to thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents who have claimed financial losses after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Judge rejects BP appeal on cap for Gulf oil spill liabilities

Barbier said he hasn’t yet determined the actual amount of the civil penalty stemming from the Gulf of Mexico spill, which could run as high as $13.7 billion.  More »

NASA flight facility concerned with potential offshore drilling

The majority of the area that was proposed for lease off Virginia in 2010 lies within recent NASA mission hazard areas.  More »

BP urges judges to remove head of oil spill settlement fund

It’s the oil giant’s latest legal effort to limit its losses from the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.  More »

Anadarko didn’t pay cleanup costs for Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. witness says

The statement may undermine the company’s argument that it shouldn’t be fined for the spill, while the U.S. government seeks more than $1 billion from Anadarko.  More »

Legal battles from 2010 spill to unfold in 2 U.S. courtrooms

On Monday, trial resumes in a federal district courtroom where BP and a minority partner in its ill-fated Macondo well are trying to fend off billions in Clean Water Act penalties.  More »

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 »
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