Posts Tagged ‘oil rig’

Coast Guard investigating reports of 10-mile-long Gulf oil slick

GULF OF MEXICO — The U.S. Coast Guard is checking reports of a 10-mile oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico near wells operated by Shell Oil. Petty Officer Steve Lehmann in New Orleans said a helicopter with a pollution officer on board was headed out today to determine where the oil was coming from. […] [...]

Transocean chief executive hoping for comprehensive oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — The head of Transocean Ltd. says the company is hoping for a comprehensive legal settlement of claims resulting from the BP oil spill. Transocean chief executive Steve Newman told a conference of investment analysts in New Orleans today such a settlement would have “to recognize the relationship” between a drilling company and […] [...]

Hood hires ex-Attorney General Moore to handle BP oil spill claims

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood confirmed yesterday to The Associated Press that he has hired former Attorney General Mike Moore and others to handle the state’s claims against BP PLC stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Hood hired fellow Democrat Moore, plus former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson and […] [...]

Environmentalists file lawsuit to block offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Sierra Club and The Gulf Restoration Network have asked a Hinds County judge to block the state from enacting new regulations on offshore drilling. Dan Turner, spokesman for the Mississippi Development Authority, said he has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment. The groups contend the process is moving […] [...]

Senators lobbying House to pass BP oil spill bill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are hoping the House of Representatives will look favorably on “overwhelming” Senate support for legislation that will direct fines from the BP oil spill to Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states. The Senate yesterday approved (74-22) the Moving Ahead for Progress in […] [...]

Senate OKs states receiving oil spill funds; Feinberg tenure as administrator ending

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Senate has approved using the bulk of water pollution fines stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil spill to pay for restoration in five Gulf states. The BP oil company could be fined $5.4 billion to $21.1 billion under the Clean Water Act, depending on whether it’s found grossly negligent. The […] [...]

Environmentalists ask county to oppose offshore drilling; supervisors decline

JACKSON COUNTY — An environmental group opposed to offshore drilling in Mississippi has asked Jackson County to join them. County supervisors said they are not ready to take a stand on the issue. The group, called 12 Miles South Coalition, met with supervisors yesterday. State officials want to lease state waters in the Gulf of […] [...]

BP still faces hurdles after $7.8B oil spill settlement

GULF OF MEXICO — BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement with people and businesses harmed by its 2010 oil spill removes some uncertainty about the potential financial damages it faces. It also may help the company restore its all-important relationship with the federal government. Although the oil company still has a few major legal and financial hurdles to […] [...]

Man accused of falsifying tests on oil rig safety devices

by Associated Press Published: March 1,2012

Tags: disaster, energy, explosion, federal government, gas, offshore drilling, Oil, oil rig, oil spill, petroleum, tests

WALNUT GROVE — Federal prosecutors say a Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico directed rig workers to falsify testing on a key safety device. A court filing in New Orleans charges 49-year-old Donald Hudson of Walnut Grove with making a false statement in March 2011 to […] [...]

AG Holder: Justice Department ready for oil spill trial

GULF OF MEXICO — Attorney General Eric Holder has told Congress that the Justice Department is prepared to go to trial against companies involved in the Gulf oil spill if ongoing negotiations do not result in a settlement. At a hearing before a House appropriations subcommittee, the attorney general vowed that the federal government would […] [...]

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