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Oil Dispersants Used In Deepwater Horizon Spill Likely Did More Harm Than Good

The chemical oil dispersants BP used in its response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill did little to mitigate the massive spill and likely did more harm than good, researchers from the University of Miami found. A study led by a research team from the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science analyzed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the most toxic components of petroleum, from samples taken within a six-mile radius of the Deepwater Horizon blowout site. Despite 3,000 tons (about 770,000 gallons) of Corexit oil dispersants injected near the well head, substantial amounts of oil continued to surface ... Read More

Sculpture Honoring Eleven Workers Killed Aboard Deepwater Horizon Appears In New Orleans

When sculptor Michael Manjarris found the person sitting next to him on a flight from Texas to New Orleans was a grieving parent of one of the 11 workers killed in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, an idea for a public art project commemorating the fallen workers began to take shape. On Friday, Sept. 9, that idea became a reality with the installation of a sculpture by Laurel, Miss., artist Jason Kimes named ELEVEN on the Elysian Fields Avenue median near the corner of Dauphine in New Orleans. For many family members of the 11 workers killed in the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon ... Read More

BP Settles Deepwater Horizon class-action with Investors for $175 million

BP will pay its investors $175 million to resolve a class-action complaint accusing the oil giant of misleading shareholders over the extent of its Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Investors who bought BP’s U.S.-listed shares filed the lawsuit in federal court in Houston, seeking compensation for a steep drop in company stock value. The plaintiffs alleged that BP downplayed the severity of the oil spill when it erupted in 2010 off the Louisiana coast. BP publicly stated that its blown-out Macondo well was releasing 1,000 to 5,000 barrels (42,000 – 210,000) per day, and stood by ... Read More

Deepwater Horizon Movie Coming To Theaters Soon

The full-length trailer has been released for the movie Deepwater Horizon, about the April 2010 blast aboard BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil rig. The movie is a dramatization of The New York Times article Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours by David Barstow, David S. Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, a factual account of the disaster that killed 11 workers, injured more than a dozen others, and set off the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Summit Entertainment and two affiliated production companies bought the film rights to the New York Times story just weeks after it was published on Christmas Day 2010. “This is a perfect ... Read More

Halliburton agrees to $1.1-billion resolution of Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

Beasley Allen lawyers and other members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) leading the BP oil spill litigation announced they have reached a $1.1-billion settlement with Halliburton Energy Services over its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The settlement, subject to approval by a New Orleans federal court, is to be paid into a trust in three installments over the next two years until all appeals have been resolved. Halliburton, an oil-field services provider that cemented the doomed well a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig, agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge last year for destroying evidence ... Read More

Halliburton asks judge to accept plea deal for allegedly destroying Deepwater Horizon well tests

Halliburton Energy Services, the company BP contracted to perform cementing work on its Macondo well, has asked a federal judge in New Orleans to accept its guilty plea for destroying evidence that could have helped investigators understand the company’s role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 workers and set off the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The U.S. Justice Department had accused Halliburton of deliberately destroying computer simulation files it generated in May and June of 2010 depicting the strength of its cementing work on the Macondo well shaft using six reinforcing stabilizers instead of 21. The comparative tests were run twice, and ... Read More

Gulf oil sheens coming from Deepwater Horizon rig debris, study finds

BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been making encore appearances ever since it erupted in the Gulf of Mexico a few dozen miles off the Louisiana coast, a group of researchers has concluded in a recent report. In the fall of 2012, many Gulf Coast residents were alarmed by news that more mysterious oil sheens were being found in the vicinity of BP’s Macondo well, which blew out more than three years ago, killing 11 workers and toppling the Deepwater Horizon rig. The new oil elevated concerns that BP’s well, which company engineers and contractors had capped and plugged ... Read More

Scientific conference explores broad impact of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who headed the BP oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico, was the keynote speaker of a three-day conference that brought more than a thousand scientists and public officials to New Orleans this week for a comprehensive review of the spill’s effects on the environment and all aspects of life in the Gulf region. Hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference offered a broad range of scientific presentations exploring the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill ... Read More

Families crave justice, apologies for workers killed in Deepwater Horizon blast

Family members of at least five of the workers killed in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion and one injured worker have submitted victim statements to U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance as the court weights whether to approve the proposed $4.5-billion settlement agreement that would resolve criminal charges levied against BP for its role in the disaster. The statements are not favorable, and many of them question why no top BP executives are serving time for their alleged criminal conduct that led to the 2010 blowout, which killed 11 workers, injured dozens more, and set off the worst oil spill in U.S. ... Read More

U.S. pursuing prosecution of BP employees in wake of Deepwater Horizon spill

Some critics of the agreement between BP and the U.S. Justice Department to settle criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may think the oil giant got off too easy for its role in causing the disaster, but it appears the courts may not be ready to show the same kind of mercy to some of the individual BP employees implicated in the spill. On Tuesday last week, BP drilling and completions engineer Kurt Mix appeared before a judge in Houston with his hands and feet shackled. U.S. prosecutors have charged Mr. Mix, 50, with two counts of ... Read More