Posts Tagged ‘offshore drilling’

Judge rules BP’s ‘reckless conduct’ caused 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP’s reckless conduct resulted in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling today could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of Mexico with oil from BP’s […] [...]

Judge rules against MDA’s regulations on offshore leases

GULF OF MEXICO — A Hinds County judge says the state must write a better economic impact statement on proposed offshore natural gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound before it can enact rules to lease areas that could be drilled. “A cursory reading of the EIS finds that it is severely […] [...]

Judge: Owners of Macondo well cannot avoid oil spill fines

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […] [...]

BP ordered to resume oil spill payments as Court reviews settlement

NEW ORLEANS — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said yesterday. The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not put a stop to payments […] [...]

BP oil spill still being felt as tar balls wash up on islands

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi environmental authorities say oil debris found this week on state barrier islands is believed to be from the BP’s disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and contractors for the oil giant are involved in the cleanup. Officials believe high winds and seasonal low tides uncovered the material. Mississippi’s […] [...]

Legal-Bay: BP claims settlement headed to Supreme Court

NEW ORLEANS — Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, believes the British Petroleum Inc. Business Economic Loss (BEL) claims settlement will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court under a writ of certiorari. Legal-Bay said the issues revolve around constant legal wrangling by B.P. to drastically alter the landmark settlement, by claiming […] [...]

Environmentalists turn to court over offshore leasing rules

GULF OF MEXICO — Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound. At a hearing yesterday, the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network asked Hinds County Chancery Court Judge William Singletary to order the Mississippi Development Authority to reconsider […] [...]

BP appeals judge’s ruling over spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — BP is appealing a judge’s rejection of its argument that claimants who can’t trace their losses directly to the company’s 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn’t receive payments through a multibillion-dollar settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ lawyers. BP attorneys filed a notice of appeal yesterday, two days after the ruling by […] [...]

Supreme Court refuses to hear drilling moratorium case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t decide if the Obama administration violated a judge’s order that struck down its temporary moratorium on deep water drilling after BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The high court today refused to hear an appeal from offshore service companies that challenged the moratorium. A federal judge […] [...]

Judge to hear objections to BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill. Today, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That’s […] [...]

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