2010 oil spill

Politics & Government
7:54 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Judge Sets Feb. 14 Hearing on Transocean Plea Deal

Drilling company Transocean Ltd. plead guilty to charges stemming from the 2010 oil spill.
The Associated Press

A federal judge in New Orleans has scheduled a Feb. 14 hearing to decide whether to accept the Justice Department's criminal settlement with Transocean Ltd. over the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Transocean, which owned the rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the spill, agreed last Thursday to pay $400 million in criminal penalties and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. The Switzerland-based company also agreed to pay $1 billion in civil penalties.

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Tar Balls
5:21 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

BP Says Old Oil From Spill Exposed By Isaac

Hurricane Isaac exposed tar balls from the 2010 Gulf oil spill that are showing up on Alabama and Louisiana beaches.
NOAA's National Ocean Servie Flickr

BP says Hurricane Isaac's scouring waves exposed deposits of buried tar on the Louisiana coast that were left over from its massive oil spill in 2010.

Louisiana officials closed a stretch of beach near Fourchon on Tuesday after scouts said they found large tar mats. BP acknowledged Wednesday the oil was from its spill.

Ray Melick, a BP PLC spokesman, said in an email that "as this area has undergone severe coastal erosion by Hurricane Isaac, much of the oil has now been exposed."

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