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BP’s new tar sands refinery spills crude oil into Lake Michigan

CHICAGO — A new unit at BP’s Whiting facilities used to process Canadian tar sands oil into gasoline and other fuels spilled an unknown amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan Monday, just a few miles from an intake at one of Chicago’s municipal water plants. Neither BP officials nor government regulators have been able to determine yet how the spill occurred or how much damage it has caused. Workers at the tar sands refinery, which BP built as the centerpiece of a $4-billion overhaul of the Whiting refinery less than a year ago, discovered an oil slick on the ... Read More

Appeals court rejects BP’s bid to rewrite oil spill settlement terms

Businesses seeking compensation for losses caused by BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill do not have to prove they were directly harmed by the disaster to collect payments, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. BP and its lawyers have been trying to backpedal on the settlement agreement it reached with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in March 2012, arguing that oil spill relief money is falling into undeserving hands. BP has sued oil spill fund administrator Patrick Juneau and U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in an effort to halt claims payments, asserting that payments are being made ... Read More

BP fails to delay oil-spill compensation to seafood works

NEW ORLEANS, La. — A federal judge on Wednesday denied BP’s request to suspend payments to seafood industry claimants seeking oil spill compensation from a $2.3-billion fund, saying BP’s allegations of fraud against a lawyer representing some of the claimants weren’t substantial enough to justify halting payments to all seafood workers seeking relief from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP had asked Judge Carl Barbier to halt the second phase of payments from the special seafood fund BP and plaintiffs’ lawyers agreed to in March 2012. The oil giant alleged that a San Antonio-based lawyer falsely claimed to represent ... Read More

Researchers find a dolphin population in crisis after BP oil spill

Researchers who recently completed the first major study of dolphin health after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill flooded the Gulf of Mexico with 206 million gallons of oil in 2010 say what’s left of the dolphin population in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay is struggling to survive. The report, published in the December issue of the Environmental Science and Technology journal, found the dolphins racked with pneumonia, liver disease, anemia, low blood sugar, missing teeth, and other serious problems. One pregnant female was found to be carrying a dead fetus. Of the 32 dolphins briefly captured and assessed of the coast of ... Read More

Latest Gulf oil disasters portend bigger problems for the future, conservationists say

Dozens of workers were evacuated from a natural gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico Jan. 30 after it began spewing methane gas into the air and continued out of control into the next day. Although no workers were reportedly injured, the ocean conservation group Oceana says that the incident underscores a much bigger threat, one posed by allowing energy companies to drill in deeper, more remote regions of the globe at a time when rigs in the relatively shallow and accessible Gulf are spilling pollution with alarming regularity. On Jan. 30, Metairie, Louisiana-based EvVen Energy Ventures was operating a ... Read More

BP oil spill toxicity damaging hearts in Gulf tuna, new scientific study finds

A new study of the BP oil spill’s lingering effects on Gulf of Mexico marine life has found that a chemical contained in the crude oil interferes with heart cells in tuna, exposing fish populations to higher risk of disruptions in heart function, heart attack, and death. Researchers from Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted the study to fulfill a requirement by the Oil Pollution Act that damage to natural resources be assessed in the wake of an oil spill. The study appears in the Feb. 14 edition of the journal Science and was discussed ... Read More

Appeals court upholds BP’s multibillion dollar oil spill settlement agreement

BP lost another battle it waged against the giant, multi-billion dollar settlement agreement that compensates victims of its 2010 Gulf oil spill when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld federal Judge Carl Barbier’s approval of the agreement.   BP has repeatedly taken legal action against the agreement it helped design and approve as well as Judge Barbier, who affirmed it, and Patrick Juneau, who has administrated the fund since March 2012. BP has argued that a skewed interpretation of the agreement allows fictitious and inflated claims to be paid to businesses that weren’t truly impacted by the ... 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

Dolphin deaths, disease directly linked to BP oil spill, new report finds

Bottlenose dolphins living in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay region have lung disease and adrenal hormone deficiencies, U.S. government scientists concluded in a new report connecting BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to surging dolphin deaths and disease for the first time. The study heightens concerns about the impact that exposure to toxic hydrocarbons has made on dolphins, whales, fish, and other marine ingesting food and water in areas of the Gulf contaminated by the BP disaster. The spill sent more than 200 million gallons of crude oil and tons of natural gas into the sensitive marine environments of the Gulf of ... Read More