Alabama BP 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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Science & Health
7:18 am
Wed April 16, 2014

BP: Shore Clean-up after Gulf Oil Spill Ends in La

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Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.

Earlier Tuesday, the Coast Guard issued a directive transitioning the cleanup to a phase in which Coast Guard teams, BP cleanup crews and equipment will be pre-positioned to respond to new reports of oil as needed.

Oil Spill-BP Contributions
9:36 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

BP Employee PAC Making Alabama Contributions

Nearly four years after the Gulf oil spill, a political action committee associated with BP oil company is contributing to Alabama politicians' campaigns.
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Nearly four years after the Gulf oil spill, a political action committee associated with BP oil company is contributing to Alabama politicians' campaigns.

The Anniston Star says campaign contribution reports show a BP employee PAC gave $1,000 to Gov. Robert Bentley, $2,000 to House Speaker Mike Hubbard, and $500 each to Rep. Terri Collins of Decatur, Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur, Rep. Ed Henry of Decatur, Rep. Ken Johnson of Moulton, Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur, and Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile.

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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.
Credit Associated Press

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.
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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-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.
Credit Associated Press

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-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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Oil Clean Up
4:47 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Oil Clean Up Work Ending in Three States

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BP PLC says cleanup work is ending in three of the states affected by the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The London-based oil giant said Monday that the Coast Guard is concluding "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the work continues along 84 miles of Louisiana's shoreline.

The Coast Guard will continue responding to reports of oil that washes up anywhere along the Gulf Coast. BP says it will take responsibility for removing any oil that came from its blown-out Macondo well.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Trial
5:16 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

High-Stakes Trial Begins Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

The high-stakes trial to determine who's responsible for the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill began Monday in New Orleans.
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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.


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.

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:33 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

BP Says Government Overestimated Size Of Spill

BP is urging a judge to rule on a claim by the oil company that the government overestimated the size of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
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BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico.


A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government overestimated the size of the spill because workers captured more than 34 million gallons of crude and either burned it or shipped it to shore.

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