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Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.
An Associated Press investigation recently revealed evidence that the leak at the site of the toppled platform is worse than Taylor or government regulators had publicly reported.
The latest findings mark an “important piece in the chain of evidence” linking an uptick in deaths since early 2010 to the BP oil rig disaster that spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said.
OTC: Award recepient’s first job after retiring from a 38-year Interior Department career was investigating the BP oil spill
Elmer Danenberger is being honored with the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his contributions to the industry.
“BP disagrees with the Court’s ruling and is considering its options,” a company spokesman said.
An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what the company behind the leak has publicly reported.
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.
The measure codifies many of the steps that companies have already taken to better keep offshore wells in check, including more rigorous maintenance and testing of the blowout preventers that act as a last line of defense against uncontrolled surges of oil and gas.
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.
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.