Alabama BP oil spill

Newscast
9:08 am
Tue May 26, 2015

BP and Gulf Coast Tourism, Alabama Choirs Headed to Japan

Alabama Choir School's final rehearsal before heading to Japan

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, tourism hasn’t just recovered on the Gulf Coast – industry officials say it’s surging. They credit the response to that environmental disaster as part of the reason why.

BP spent more than $230 million promoting Gulf Coast tourism after the 2010 spill, and the company aired national commercials promoting the region for years.

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News
4:40 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Remembering Alabama Veterans on Memorial Day, Three Veterans earn commemoriate stamp

Tourism hasn't only recovered on the Gulf Coast five years after the BP oil spill - industry officials say it's surging.

BP spent more than $230 million promoting tourism after the 2010 spill, and the company aired national commercials promoting the region for years.

Tourism officials say that publicity blitz boosted tourism to new levels even as questions remain about the spill's long-term environmental impact. Tourist spending has doubled in some areas since before the spill.

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Newscast
5:50 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Huntsville City Schools Desegregation Case, Commercial Space Flight and BP Scammers Sentenced

    

A federal judge will review an agreement to settle a desegregation case involving Huntsville city schools.

The school system and the Justice Department released the agreement on Monday. It's aimed at resolving disputes over the racial fairness of a student attendance plan devised last year.

The federal government objected to the plan arguing it didn't improve academic opportunities for black students.   The school system agrees to take several steps in the settlement, which follows mediation sessions.

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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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Science & Health
6:23 am
Wed October 15, 2014

3 Convicted of Filing False Oil Spill Loss Claims

Credit The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors say three people have been convicted of fraudulently filing Gulf Oil Spill Fund loss claims.

Officials say 53-year-old Marcella Truss, her 42-year-old husband Martee Davis and the woman's 42-year-old brother Howard Carroway were each found guilty of trying to steal more than $3 million from a fund established by British Petroleum. The fund was established after a massive oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Prosecutors say the three were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, filing false claims and aggravated identity theft.

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

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

Kate Mercer/Press-Register

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. BP said in a news release that the Coast Guard's directive ended patrols of the final three miles of affected shoreline in Louisiana.

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.
Credit Associated Press

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.
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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