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Mental health decline in Gulf Coast two years after BP oil spill

A new Gallup poll surveying the emotional health of Gulf Coast residents has found that people in counties fronting the Gulf of Mexico continue to suffer from various forms of emotional distress more than two years after BP’s disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill first erupted. Using its Emotional Health Index tool, which helps researchers quantify daily worry, stress, sadness, and clinical depression, Gallup data showed that residents in the coastal counties of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are suffering a significant decline in emotional health compared to residents of the same states living in inland counties. Whereas the emotional ... Read More

Commercial diver sues BP, NALCO for severe injuries after diving in contaminated Gulf

A commercial diver who spent months working in the Gulf of Mexico for a number of clients is suing BP and NALCO Co., maker of the Corexit oil dispersants used during the 2010 oil spill, for extensive and severe injuries his doctors blame on exposure to the oil and toxic chemicals. Before his exposure to BP’s oil spill and oil dispersant chemicals, plaintiff David Hogan was a “very gregarious” and “healthy” man, who climbed the 14,400-foot-high Mount Ranier in Washington May 2010. All of that changed, however, during a 5-month diving stint in the Gulf of Mexico, where Mr. Hogan ... Read More

Testimony suggests BP manager should have stopped drilling operation before explosion

An hour before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, BP’s well leader called an engineer in Houston to say he didn’t understand the results of a critical pressure test meant to determine whether the well had been properly sealed. Macondo well designer Mark Hafle told Donald Vidrine, BP’s top man aboard the rig at the time of the disaster, that he “might consider whether he had trapped pressure in the line or perhaps he didn’t have a valve properly lined up,” according to a court deposition collected from an expert witness ... Read More

Alabama seeks BP oil spill liability trial in July

A trial to determine BP’s share of liability in the 2010 Gulf oil spill has been set for January 14, 2013. The state of Alabama had urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to avoid delaying BP’s oil spill liability trial until after a November hearing on the proposed settlement, scheduled for November. BP and a number of plaintiffs involved in the oil spill litigation filed a proposed settlement agreement on April 18, seeking Judge Barbier’s preliminary approval on it. Judge Barbier presided over the oil spill litigation from federal court in New Orleans. In the agreement, BP and the other ... Read More

BP to open three new oil drilling operations in Gulf this year

Just two years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, setting off the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the oil giant announced it will be reclaiming its stake in the Gulf of Mexico with the opening of three new oil rigs before the end of the year. BP already has had five wells operating in the Gulf of Mexico since before the April 2010 spill erupted from the Macondo well, spewing more than 200 million gallons of crude oil across miles of ecologically sensitive marine habitats and coastline. The company’s three new rigs will ... Read More

BP plans big U.S. expansion, wants public trust back

Priding itself on “making things right” in Gulf of Mexico and coastal communities hard-hit the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP says it has big plans for expanding its operations in the United States. The announcement wasn’t supposed to comfort residents and businesses still struggling to recover in the BP spill’s oily aftermath, but to reassure investors that it doesn’t intend to hold back on its push to find and extract more oil and gas from U.S. lands and waters, despite the ongoing destruction of Gulf ecosystems and frustration of people who depend on them for a living. BP’s Bob Dudley, ... Read More

BP tells court Halliburton destroyed key oil-spill evidence

BP levied some hefty accusations against Halliburton Energy Services in court Monday, claiming the company intentionally destroyed cement samples, test results, and computer models that would have demonstrated the contractor’s culpability in the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP contracted Halliburton to make and pour the cement slurry for the Macondo well, which sat more than a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon oil platform. The cement plays a critical role in deep-sea drilling operations; its performance in the well shaft can prevent or permit a blowout of oil and gas from deep within the oil reservoir. Papers filed by ... Read More

Louisiana’s oyster production still struggles after oil spill

The typical oyster season in Louisiana, which starts in September, produces an average of 25o million pounds of oysters – about one-third of the nation’s oyster supply. This year, however, thanks to the BP oil spill and the Mississippi River floods in May, water salinity levels will cause oyster production to plummet to half its usual volume. Moreover, the 2012 harvest is expected to be about just 35 percent of the average yield. Water saline levels, influenced by the amount of fresh water pouring in from the Mississippi River and other sources, are the key to sustaining a healthy oyster ... Read More

BP asks court to keep blowout preventer in neutral hands

Ever since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, BP, its partners, and its contractors have been at odds with one another, ensconced in legal efforts to share liability and mitigate hefty financial losses. This week, the feud escalated between BP and Deepwater Horizon owner Transocean, with both companies trying to gain possession of the failed blowout preventer (BOP) that federal investigators will release back into private hands. Transocean owned and had leased the Deepwater Horizon rig and its blowout preventer to BP for exploratory drilling since 2007. The 300-ton BOP sat atop the ... Read More

U.S. files lawsuit against BP and partners for cleanup, recovery costs

Faced with ongoing cleanup costs and widespread ecological damage, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against BP and eight other companies involved in the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition to BP, other defendants named in the lawsuit are Transocean, the primary owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig; Anadarko, which owned a 25-percent interest in the well; MOEX, the U.S. unit of Japan’s Mitsui Oil Exploration Co, Ltd.; and Lloyd’s of London, BP’s insurer. One unit of Anadarko and three units/subsidiaries of Transocean are also named as defendants. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in New ... Read More