Tag: Gulf Oil spill

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 »

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 »

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 »

Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill

BP is facing $18 billion in penalties stemming from the 2010 oil spill.  More »

Researchers find oil footprint from 2010 Gulf oil spill

New research is shedding more light on the fate of the crude that gushed out of BP’s failed Macondo well in 2010.  More »

Supreme Court denies Louisiana lawsuits against BP

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from 11 Louisiana parishes that wanted to revive their lawsuits over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

BP swipe at “reckless” ruling hinges on challenge to Halliburton expert

BP’s attempt to unravel a verdict that its recklessness caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill hinges on its legal and scientific challenge to the testimony of one expert and its bid to cast more blame for the disaster on cement contractor Halliburton.  More »

U.S., U.K. securities suits against BP move forward

BP failed to persuade a Texas federal judge to dismiss several lawsuits brought by U.S. and U.K. institutional investors who claim the London oil company misled them about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  More »

Ex-BP exec can be tried for obstructing Congress

A federal appeals court in New Orleans says a former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a Congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »

Report: Chemical Safety Board in disarray, fostering abusive work environment

A probe has found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is in turmoil and failing to fulfill its investigative duties for serious accidents at refineries and chemical plants, according to Reuters.  More »

Industry takes the lead in improving emergency well control devices

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spotlighted shortcomings in the blowout preventers intended to safeguard offshore wells, government regulators are still drafting long-promised regulations meant to boost the reliability of those critical emergency devices.  More »

Scientists: Gulf oil spill hurt fish hearts (photos)

Oil spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of tuna, according to a new study by government and academic scientists that hints at long-term damage from the accident.  More »
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