Posts Tagged ‘disaster’

Gulf well blows, spews natural gas off La. coast

by Associated Press Published: July 23,2013

Tags: accident, blow out, disaster, energy, gas, gulf of mexico, natural gas, spill, well

GULF OF MEXICO — Natural gas flowed uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast today after a blowout that forced the evacuation of 47 workers aboard a drilling rig, authorities said. No injuries or fires were reported. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said inspectors flying over the site Tuesday saw a […] [...]

Judge declines to shut down BP oil spill payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge refused Friday to temporarily shut down a multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, saying he has seen no evidence of widespread fraud among the tens of thousands of claims. The judge also said he was offended by what he saw as attempts to […] [...]

Attorneys ask judge to allow oil spill payments to continue

NEW ORLEANS — A team of plaintiffs’ lawyers urged a federal judge on Thursday to reject BP’s bid to suspend all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company’s 2010 oil spill. In a court filing, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC say the […] [...]

Judge to hear BP’s complaint about oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP’s bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company’s 2010 oil spill. Yesterday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates […] [...]

Researchers: Oil sheen coming from Deepwater Horizon wreckage

GULF OF MEXICO — A team of researchers has concluded that pockets of oil trapped in the wreckage of the sunken Deepwater Horizon are the likely source of oil sheens that have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the deadly 2010 explosion on the BP-leased drilling rig. A newly published […] [...]

BP launches hotline to report fraudulent oil spill claims

GULF COAST — BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP’s argument that it has been forced to pay hundreds of […] [...]

Board petitioning supervisors for emergency radio funding

HERNANDO — The DeSoto Board of Supervisors will hear a request this week from the 911 board for a rate increase to help fund a new radio system. The Commercial Appeal reports the DeSoto 911 Emergency Communications District is asking board approval to increase fees to the state tariff rate approved in 1993. The monthly […] [...]

MDEQ seeking public comment on post-oil spill restoration

LONG BEACH — On July 16 in Long Beach, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will seek public input on the types of early restoration they would like to see implemented as part of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). “Making the Gulf whole following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and […] [...]

Town rebuilding from tornado forced to cut plans due to funding

SMITHVILLE — The town board in Smithville has scaled back plans for a new government office complex. Officials tell WCBI-TV in Columbus they are not getting everything on their wish list but it will be close and within the $660,000 budget. Smithville city attorney Sam Griffie says aldermen will now have to thoroughly review all […] [...]

USM moves to second phase of tornado recovery efforts

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is moving into the second phase of a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of its Hattiesburg campus that suffered extensive damage from a Feb. 10 tornado. The initial phase of the $3-million project – which included planting of five mature live oak trees, grass sodding […] [...]

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