2010 Gulf Oil Spill http://apr.org en BP Making 31 Bids in Gulf Oil Lease Sale http://apr.org/post/bp-making-31-bids-gulf-oil-lease-sale In the first federal oil lease sale since the government said BP PLC can again get federal contracts, BP has bids on 31 tracts in the central Gulf of Mexico. The sale is also the first since 2008 offering tracts in the eastern gulf, but nobody bid on any of those tracts. A total of 42 companies bid on 326 blocks in the central gulf, and one company — Exxon Mobil Corp. — bid on three blocks in the western gulf. The bids will be opened and read out starting at 9 a.m. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:03:43 +0000 Associated Press 48678 at http://apr.org BP Making 31 Bids in Gulf Oil Lease Sale BP Trial To Focus On Scientists' Spill Estimates http://apr.org/post/bp-trial-focus-scientists-spill-estimates <p></p><p>A trial over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf is now focusing on how much crude gushed from BP&#39;s blown-out well.</p><p>Lawyers for BP and the federal government today began to offer conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates.</p><p>The amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf is a key factor in determining how much more money BP and its contractors owe for their roles in the deadly disaster.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:22:45 +0000 The Associated Press 39323 at http://apr.org BP Trial To Focus On Scientists' Spill Estimates BP Expands Challenge To Gulf Spill Settlement http://apr.org/post/bp-expands-challenge-gulf-spill-settlement <p></p><p>BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful.</p><p>Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to give the deal his final approval. On Friday, however, the company's lawyers argued in a court filing that Barbier's more recent interpretation of settlement terms have allowed businesses to receive hundreds of millions of dollars for inflated or fictitious claims.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:52:37 +0000 The Associated Press 37015 at http://apr.org BP Expands Challenge To Gulf Spill Settlement 2 BP Rig Supervisors Seek 9-month Delay In Trial http://apr.org/post/2-bp-rig-supervisors-seek-9-month-delay-trial <p></p><p>Defense attorneys are seeking a nine-month delay in the trial of two BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 11 workers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.</p><p>Lawyers for Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine said in a court filing Wednesday that they need more time to review millions of pages of documents that Justice Department prosecutors have produced in preparation for a trial scheduled to begin Jan. 14.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule on their request. Prosecutors are opposed to a delay.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:14:01 +0000 The Associated Press 36865 at http://apr.org 2 BP Rig Supervisors Seek 9-month Delay In Trial Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments http://apr.org/post/judge-refuses-suspend-bp-settlement-payments-0 <p></p><p>A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while a former FBI director leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday says an internal probe by the claims administrator's office didn't find credible evidence of fraud involving employees of the settlement program's claims center in Mobile, Ala.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:10:33 +0000 The Associated Press 36864 at http://apr.org Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments BP Cites New Fraud Allegations In Spill Settlement http://apr.org/post/bp-cites-new-fraud-allegations-spill-settlement <P>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.</P> <P>In a federal court filing Monday, BP renewed its request for a judge to temporarily suspend settlement payments while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the court-supervised settlement program.</P> <P>BP says at least two lawyers who have ruled on appeals of disputed settlement awards were partners at law Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:10:20 +0000 The Associated Press 35454 at http://apr.org BP Cites New Fraud Allegations In Spill Settlement Halliburton To Plead Guilty On Sept. 19 http://apr.org/post/halliburton-plead-guilty-sept-19 <P>A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.</P> <P>The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge. Although company attorneys entered a plea of not guilty during the arraignment, Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to one count of destruction of evidence in a deal with the U.S. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:43:50 +0000 The Associated Press 35188 at http://apr.org Halliburton To Plead Guilty On Sept. 19 Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments http://apr.org/post/judge-refuses-suspend-bp-settlement-payments <p>A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday after BP attorneys argued that payments should be suspended while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:54:32 +0000 The Associated Press 34505 at http://apr.org Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments Judge Urged To Let BP Settlement Payments Continue http://apr.org/post/judge-urged-let-bp-settlement-payments-continue <P>A team of plaintiffs' lawyers has urged a federal judge to reject BP's bid to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.</P> <P>In a court filing Thursday, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC say the company hasn't provided any evidence that court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau has wrongfully paid any claims.</P> <P>U.S. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:10:17 +0000 The Associated Press 34409 at http://apr.org Judge Urged To Let BP Settlement Payments Continue Trial Delayed For Ex-BP Executive In Spill Probe http://apr.org/post/trial-delayed-ex-bp-executive-spill-probe <p>A federal judge has postponed the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Wednesday to give David Rainey's attorneys more time to prepare for the trial that was scheduled to start on Oct. 14. His new trial date is March 10, 2014.</p><p>In May, Engelhardt dismissed an obstruction charge that was the backbone of the case against Rainey, who was BP's vice president of exploration for the Gulf.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:54:35 +0000 The Associated Press 33479 at http://apr.org Trial Delayed For Ex-BP Executive In Spill Probe Ex-FBI Director To Review BP Settlement Program http://apr.org/post/ex-fbi-director-review-bp-settlement-program <p>A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday naming Freeh a "special master."</p><p>Freeh is a private consultant and recently led a university-sanctioned investigation of the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:16:41 +0000 The Associated Press 33414 at http://apr.org Ex-FBI Director To Review BP Settlement Program Coastal Governors Call for More Offshore Drilling http://apr.org/post/coastal-governors-call-more-offshore-drilling <p>Six coastal governors have called on Washington to open up more waters to offshore drilling and to make permitting a quicker, more efficient process.</p><p>The governors of Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Alaska spoke Monday at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Officials from Louisiana and Virginia also spoke.</p><p>They say a federal moratorium on offshore drilling after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and permitting requirements put in place after that, have made it difficult for companies to develop resources.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 13:24:30 +0000 The Associated Press 29884 at http://apr.org Coastal Governors Call for More Offshore Drilling Bill To Repay Trust Fund Moves To Senate Floor http://apr.org/post/bill-repay-trust-fund-moves-senate-floor <P>Although it's unclear how much money Alabama may gain from the BP settlement, state lawmakers are making plans on how to use it.</P> <P>A proposal passed Wednesday to allow the full Senate to debate using funds from BP oil spill lawsuits to repay the Alabama Trust Fund.</P> <P>The Senate Committee for Finance and Taxation-General Fund voted 7-1 in favor of the measure. If passed, the measure would restore financing to the Rainy Day Fund.</P> <P>It would also repay money the Legislature borrowed from the Trust Fund. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:56:04 +0000 The Associated Press 26637 at http://apr.org Bill To Repay Trust Fund Moves To Senate Floor High-Stakes Trial Begins Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill http://apr.org/post/high-stakes-trial-begins-over-2010-gulf-oil-spill <P>A BP lawyer says other companies that worked on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project made crucial mistakes that led to the deaths of 11 workers and the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill.</P> <P>BP attorney Mike Brock acknowledged during his opening statements Monday for a high-stakes trial that the London-based company also made mistakes and "errors in judgment" before its Macondo well blew out.</P> <P>But Brock accused Deepwater Horizon owner Transocean Ltd. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:16:33 +0000 The Associated Press & Ryan Vasquez 25614 at http://apr.org High-Stakes Trial Begins Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill La. AG's Oil Spill Tab Nears $24M http://apr.org/post/la-ags-oil-spill-tab-nears-24m <P>Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns.</P> <P>The $15.4 million that Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has paid to outside lawyers accounts for about two-thirds of his total spending.</P> <P>While Louisiana took a much harder hit than other states during and after the disaster, that spending far exceeds the contract work paid by Caldwell's counterparts. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:32:13 +0000 The Associated Press 23206 at http://apr.org La. AG's Oil Spill Tab Nears $24M