Posts Tagged ‘oilrig’

Expert: BP’s cost-cutting led to 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — An expert witness for people and businesses who sued BP over the Gulf oil spill says he found ample evidence that the company’s cost-cutting culture led to the disaster. University of California-Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea testified today at a civil trial. He says BP PLC didn’t implement a safety management program […] [...]

Gulf oil spill trial gets underway in New Orleans

GULF OF MEXICO — A high-stakes trial started today to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. Attorney Jim Roy, who represents individuals and businesses hurt by the spill, said BP executives applied “huge financial pressure” on its drilling […] [...]

Congressmen call for halt to demolition of oil rigs

GULF OF MEXICO — Congressmen from Mississippi and Alabama want the Department of Interior to stop demolishing inactive offshore oil rigs until more study details the dangers to Gulf of Mexico fish species. Reps. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., and Jo Bonner, R-Ala., in a letter this past week to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, said the program is […] [...]

Company accused of dumping oil in Gulf of Mexico

by Associated Press Published: February 12,2013

Tags: ecosystem, energy, environment, federal government, illegal dumping, natural gas, offshore drilling, Oil, oilrig, wildlife

GULF OF MEXICO — The Justice Department is suing a Houston, Texas-based company it accuses of illegally discharging oil from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal lawsuit says ATP Oil & Gas Corp.’s alleged Clean Water Act violations were discovered during an Interior Department inspection in March 2012. The suit claims ATP […] [...]

BP oil spill committee to release plan in July

NEW ORLEANS — The committee set up to manage most environmental fines going to the states affected by the BP oil spill of 2010 says it will release its plan July 6. The Courier of Houma, La., reports that a seven-page document released last week by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council includes a list […] [...]

BP oil spill damage claims exceed $1B

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Businesses and individuals who claim BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company’s class-action settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys, court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau said. Juneau said the payments reached the $1-billion mark before the end […] [...]

Justice reaches $1.4B settlement with Transocean for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — The Justice Department has reached a $1.4-billion settlement with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say Switzerland-based Transocean would pay the money […] [...]

Source of persistent oil sheen in Gulf remains a mystery

GULF OF MEXICO — Underwater inspections at the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig disaster have failed to identify the source of a persistent sheen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, officials said yesterday. The Coast Guard and BP both said the recent inspections confirmed that the company’s Macondo well, which blew out […] [...]

BP banned from new contracts in the Gulf by EPA

GULF OF MEXICO — The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP today, citing the company’s “lack of business integrity” and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The action by the Environmental Protection Administration won’t affect current contracts, but prevents BP and its […] [...]

Many who opted out of BP settlement made invalid requests

NEW ORLEANS — Only about half the businesses and individuals who asked to be excluded from a proposed settlement over BP’s 2010 oil spill submitted valid requests, the company and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys said in a court filing. A maximum of 13,123 potential claimants submitted valid opt-out requests by a Nov. 1 deadline, […] [...]

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