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$192 Million BP Oil Spill Funds Going to Alabama’s Two Coastal Counties

BP oil spill funds intended to aid in the recovery of the Gulf Coast are ready to be invested in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey said in an announcement Monday. According to Gov. Ivey, the U.S. Treasury Department has approved Alabama’s plan to invest the funds. The $192.4 million injection of cash will be dispersed among 15 projects proposed by Alabama’s Multiyear Implementation Plan for Gulf Coast Recovery developed by the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council. All of the projects proposed by the AGCR are located in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, which together form Alabama’s entire section of Gulf Coast. The ... Read More

Gulf Rebounds 8 Years After BP Oil Spill, But Threats Persist

BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an unprecedented disaster for the Gulf of Mexico, but eight years after the runaway spill was capped, many scientists monitoring the Gulf are cautiously optimistic that the worst of it has passed. Considered by some researchers to be the biggest ecological disaster in history, BP’s oil spill started when the Macondo well a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon blasted nearly 5 million barrels of oil (about 210 million gallons) into the Gulf. Water currents mainly carried it north and east, depositing millions of gallons on the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. While ... Read More

Justice Department Appoints Kenneth Feinberg To Administer New Terrorism Victim Fund

The U.S. Justice Department has appointed lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, often referred to as the “compensation fund czar,” to administer a new fund established by Congress to help victims of state-sponsored terrorism. The “United States Victims of State Sponsors of Terrorism Fund” will provide significant relief for victims of state-sponsored terrorist attacks, such as the 1998 American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the October 1983 bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, and possibly the Americans taken hostage from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. In the past, Mr. Feinberg has administered compensation funds for the victims of ... Read More

Efforts To Stop Giant Gas Leak Have Raised Risk Of Blowout

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) Company’s efforts to stop its out-of-control methane gas leak near Porter Ranch, Calif., appear to have destabilized the well, escalating the risk of a catastrophic blowout, the Los Angeles Times reports. The gas company made its seventh attempt to stop leak on Dec. 22, a process that spanned several days and involved pumping a cement-like slurry directly into the well. The attempt failed to stop or even slow the leak. Instead, it rocked the wellhead, which sits at the center of a crater 25 feet deep, 80 feet long, and 30 feet wide. Engineers stopped the ... Read More

Georgia company pays $3 million for sickening BP oil spill workers with ammonia release

Georgia-based Millard Refrigerated Services has agreed to pay the U.S. $3 million to resolve allegations that it released thousands of pounds of potentially deadly anhydrous ammonia from one of its warehouses, sickening 152 people in Alabama who were cleaning up BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The U.S. Justice Department said that the company had failed to take adequate measures to prevent its ammonia production systems in Theodore, Ala., from hydraulic shock, which can cause “catastrophic failures” in the specialized equipment. As a result, on Aug. 23, 2010, the equipment released 32,000 pounds of the noxious gas into the air, where it traveled ... Read More

BP oil spill still destroying Gulf habitats, wildlife

A five-year cycle of contamination and erosion set in motion by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill has decimated a small island that once held thriving colonies of brown pelicans, gulls, and wading birds in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay. Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, an environmental watchdog and advocacy group comprised of officials from the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and Restore or Retreat last week sponsored a press trip across Barataria Bay from Port Sulphur to East Grand Terre Island. The Times-Picayune reported ... Read More

“Gross negligence” ruling upheld by Judge Barbier in BP oil spill litigation

Despite efforts from BP to overturn Judge Carl Barbier’s “grossly negligent” ruling from September in the BP oil spill litigation, Judge Barbier has determined that his original decision was correct and the oil company may now face fines in the billions for its violation of the federal Clean Water Act. With the trial set to resume in January of 2015, the recent gross negligence ruling has about quadrupled the fines BP will face associated with the violation of the Clean Water Act. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill BP was responsible for resulted in the deaths of 11 workers and was ... Read More

BP oil spill fine money gives Louisiana coastal restoration plans new hope

In the last 80 years, Louisiana has lost a football field of land every day to the sea – the fastest known case of coastal erosion in the world and one triggered, then accelerated, by more and more shipping canals carved through fragile wetlands by offshore oil drillers. Today, a push to reverse the erosion and rebuild some of the land that now lies under the Gulf has pinned its hopes on funds that will come from Louisiana’s share of pollution fines BP will pay for violating the Clean Water Act with its 2010 oil spill. Last month, U.S. District ... Read More

Judge again rejects BP’s attempts to rewrite oil-spill agreement

A federal judge overseeing oil-spill litigation in New Orleans rejected BP’s protests that damage claims should not be paid to businesses that can’t prove their losses were directly caused by the 2010 disaster. Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling that BP’s arguments were invalid because they contradicted the position the company took when it pushed for approval of the 2012 settlement agreement, knowing that a quick and efficient claims process would make payment of claims not directly related to the spill “inevitable.” Judge Barbier also said that BP’s settlement agreement was designed to avoid long delays and a slow ... Read More

Appellate court’s ruling threatens businesses harmed by BP’s Gulf oil spill

A federal appeals court ruling that effectively lets BP slip out of financial and legal obligations spelled out in a 2012 settlement agreement has stunned and baffled Gulf Coast claimants hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Two judges on a three-judge panel at the U.S. 5th District Court of Appeals intervened in the oil spill claims settlement the first week of December, ordering federal judge Carl Barbier to block any and all claims payments to businesses whose “injuries are not traceable to the spill.” The ruling has brought nearly all claims payments to a dead stop by bogging them ... Read More