2010 Gulf Oil Spill

News
4:39 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Bentley on Budget cuts, Blue Bell announces layoffs in Alabama

Governor Robert Bentley is weighing in on the general fund budget plan approved by the Alabama House. The package would cut $200 million from state agencies after GOP lawmakers could not reach an agreement on tax increases.  Representatives voted 66-36 for the spending plan yesterday.

Most Democrats voted against the budget after criticizing the cuts and Governor Bentley feels the same way…

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Newscast
10:50 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Candlelight vigil supporting gay marriage, oil cleanup workers may see trial and Opelika drops pre-K

The U.S. Supreme Court began to hear arguments yesterday as to whether state bans on same-sex marriage are federally constitutional.

In Tuscaloosa, advocates gathered in the shadow of Denny Chimes at the University of Alabama for a candlelight vigil in support of gay marriage and gay rights in general.

Meredith Bagley is a communications professor at the University of Alabama and one of the organizers of last night's event. She explains why they chose a candlelight vigil.

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Interview
7:50 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Interview: "The Great Invisible" Director Margaret Brown

Filmmaker Margaret Brown, director of The Great Invisible

April 20 marks the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest marine oil spill in history.

The catastrophic event left 11 workers dead and ultimately spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Margaret Brown’s latest documentary The Great Invisible chronicles both the spill and its aftermath, following both oil executives and the affected residents of the Gulf Coast.

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News
4:38 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Oil Spill Anniversary, Auto Title Loans, Avery Johnson

The Obama administration is proposing regulations aimed at ensuring offshore wells are sealed in an emergency.  This comes as the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill nears.

Federal safety investigators blamed a faulty blowout preventer for the spill and called for stronger regulations to prevent oil and gas from rushing to the surface and triggering a spill.

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Gulf Restoration-Alabama
3:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

State Says $9.6 million Approved To Restore Gulf Coast

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Credit telegraph.uk

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday said $9.6 million for four Alabama projects has been approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He said projects address conservation needs to restore some of Alabama's natural resources affected by the disaster.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Claims
3:52 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Judge Refuses To Fire Gulf Oil Spill Claims Chief

A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Credit Associated Press

A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling Monday, turning back BP's arguments that Patrick Juneau should be removed for a variety of reasons.

Among BP's reasons for seeking Juneau's ouster: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims; and that Juneau improperly expedited the processing of some claims.

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Gulf Oil Spill Claims
4:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Oil Spill Plaintiff Lawyers Say Keep Claims Chief

BP had filed a federal court motion in September saying Patrick Juneau should be removed.
Credit Associated Press

Lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses and residents who say they were financially harmed by the 2010 BP oil spill are fighting the oil giant's efforts to remove the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the disaster.

BP had filed a federal court motion in September saying Patrick Juneau should be removed. Among the reasons: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims.

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:10 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

BP Wants Judge To Amend `Gross Negligence' Ruling

BP has asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that could cost the oil giant around $18 billion in additional fines stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.
Credit Associated Press

BP has asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that could cost the oil giant around $18 billion in additional fines stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

Attorneys for BP PLC say in a motion filed Thursday evening that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's Sept. 4 ruling that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the disaster was based on testimony that had been excluded from the trial.

BP says Barbier should amend the judgment or hold a new trial.

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Politics & Government
3:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Alabama AG Says BP Ruling Could Mean Billions

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the state will benefit from a court ruling that could mean billions of dollars in damages for the Gulf oil spill in 2010.
Credit LutherStrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the state will benefit from a court ruling that could mean billions of dollars in damages for the Gulf oil spill in 2010.

Strange says a judge's decision that oil giant BP caused the spill through reckless conduct means the company will pay additional civil penalties.

Strange says Alabama will receive part of that money, although the exact amount isn't clear.

Strange commented Thursday after a federal judge in New Orleans ruled BP bears most of the responsibility for the Gulf oil spill.

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Oil Spill-Failed Safeguard
3:47 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Safety Board Faults Key Device In BP Oil Spill

A federal investigative board concludes that the last-ditch safety device that didn't stop the 2010 BP oil spill had multiple failures.
Credit The Associated Press

A federal investigative board concludes that the last-ditch safety device that didn't stop the 2010 BP oil spill had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.

The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board zeroes in on what went wrong with the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations. And that, they said, led to the dumping of 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Gulf oil Spill-Settlement
5:05 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Court Won't Stop BP Oil Spill Claims Payments

A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims to businesses while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Credit Associated Press

A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims to businesses while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that it will not stop payments while BP appeals an earlier 5th Circuit decision that the settlement does not require businesses to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect payments.

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Hangout Festival
3:50 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Hangout Music Fest Opening In Gulf Shores

The fifth annual Hangout Music Festival opens Thursday with a kickoff party at the Hangout restaurant on Thursday afternoon.
Credit http://wfpk.org

A big party is kicking off on the beach at Gulf Shores.

The fifth annual Hangout Music Festival opens with a kickoff party at the Hangout restaurant on Thursday afternoon.

The main action begins Friday, the first of three days of concerts on the public beach. More than 70 bands are appearing this year including The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys, The Killers, Jack Johnson, Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age and The Flaming Lips.

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Science & Health
9:03 am
Wed March 19, 2014

BP Making 31 Bids in Gulf Oil Lease Sale

Associated Press

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. CDT.

Gulf Oil Spill-Trial
4:22 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

BP Trial To Focus On Scientists' Spill Estimates

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 2010 disaster.
Credit Associated Press

A trial over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf is now focusing on how much crude gushed from BP's blown-out well.

Lawyers for BP and the federal government today began to offer conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates.

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.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Settlement
3:52 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

BP Expands Challenge To Gulf Spill Settlement

BP is expanding its challenge to a settlement related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Credit Associated Press

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.

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.

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