Posts Tagged ‘gulf of mexico’

Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by […] [...]

Report blames welding for fatal Gulf oil rig fire

GULF OF MEXICO — A consultant’s report for a Texas-based company says a deadly 2012 explosion on its Gulf of Mexico oil platform off the Louisiana coast happened when workers for a subcontractor used unsafe welding practices. The report was released today, the same day two injured workers and their spouses filed a $180 million […] [...]

Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic; forecast to strengthen

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph with additional strengthening forecast during the next few days. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern Cape Verde Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and […] [...]

Workers complete debris removal from blown out Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal regulators say workers have finished removing debris from the wellhead of a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last month off the coast of Louisiana. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said yesterday that it has approved plans to send a camera down the wellbore […] [...]

Forescasters trim number of expected hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast today, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. The forecast calls for three to five of those hurricanes to […] [...]

Judge rules BP must pay oil spill settlement administrator

NEW ORLEANS — A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled that BP is obligated to fund the settlement program’s third-quarter budget even though […] [...]

Relief well underway on blown Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Workers have started drilling a relief well to permanently seal a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last month off the coast of Louisiana, federal regulators said today. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the drilling began yesterday and is expected to take about 35 […] [...]

BP claims it’s found more fraud in oil spill settlement program

NEW ORLEANS — BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing today, BP renewed its request for a […] [...]

Gulf gas well blowout could spark changes in drilling regulations

GULF OF MEXICO — Last week’s blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators’ focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract to Walter Gas & Oil, spewed gas July 23 that eventually ignited. […] [...]

Drilling to begin on relief well at site of Gulf blowout

GULF OF MEXICO — Crews are expected to begin drilling a relief well Thursday at the site of a gas well that blew wild July 23 off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the Rowan EXL-3 rig has been moved […] [...]

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