2010 Gulf Oil Spill

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Gulf Oil Spill-Indictment
5:14 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

2 BP Rig Supervisors Seek 9-month Delay In Trial

Defense attorneys are seeking a 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.
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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.

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.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule on their request. Prosecutors are opposed to a delay.

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Gulf Oil Spill Settlement
5:10 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has refused to suspend BP settlement payments to victims of the company's 2010 oil spill.
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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.

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.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Settlement
5:10 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

BP Cites New Fraud Allegations In Spill Settlement

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.
Credit Associated Press

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.


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.

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:43 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Halliburton To Plead Guilty On Sept. 19

Halliburton Energy Services will plead guilty to destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded
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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.


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. Department of Justice.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Settlement
4:54 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments

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.
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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.

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.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Settlement
5:10 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Judge Urged To Let BP Settlement Payments Continue

Lawyer's are urging 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.
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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.


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.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Indictment
4:54 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Trial Delayed For Ex-BP Executive In Spill Probe

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Settlement
5:16 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Ex-FBI Director To Review BP Settlement Program

Ex-FBI director Louis Freeh has been chosen to review BP settlement program.
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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.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday naming Freeh a "special master."

Freeh is a private consultant and recently led a university-sanctioned investigation of the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal.

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Politics & Government
8:24 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Coastal Governors Call for More Offshore Drilling

Six coastal governors say more offshore drilling would create jobs, strengthen the nation's economy and lower gas prices.
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Six coastal governors have called on Washington to open up more waters to offshore drilling and to make permitting a quicker, more efficient process.

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.

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.

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