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Lack of integrity gets BP banned from new U.S. contracts

The U.S. government has banned oil giant BP from new drilling contracts over its “lack of business integrity” related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 rig workers and released more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The Environmental Protection agency said Wednesday that BP’s inability to stop the flow of oil after the deadly blowout demonstrated the company’s lack of professional standards. The agency’s decision also follows BP’s November 15 agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges of manslaughter, obstructing Congressional inquiries, and violating environmental rules – charges to which BP agreed ... Read More

Fatal Bronx bus crash driver on trial for manslaughter

The driver involved in a horrific 2011 bus crash on a Bronx, New York, highway that left 15 people dead and several others injured is on trial facing manslaughter charges. A prosecutor told jurors that Ophadell Williams, 41, was a professional bus driver with years of experience and should have known better than to drive a busload of passengers while in a fatigued state. The March 12, 2011, crash happened on Interstate 95 at daybreak as Mr. Williams was driving a busload of passengers to Manhattan’s Chinatown from the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn. The bus crashed just feet ... Read More

BP seeks U.S. permission to drill in the Gulf again

BP officials have told federal regulators that their company is in a Catch-22. The federal government is pressing BP to pay more oil-spill claims faster, but the oil giant says that to meet those financial obligations, it must be allowed to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, which it is banned from doing. BP spilled 4.9 million barrels (206 million gallons) of oil in the Gulf of Mexico when its Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 workers and triggering the biggest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. As enormous quantities of oil spewed into the Gulf waters, the Obama Administration quickly ... Read More

What should you do in a car that speeds out of control?

Toyota is telling drivers of certain Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks to remove their driver’s side floor mats immediately until the company can develop a solution to its floor mat problem. The company announced in its September 29 safety advisory that the accelerator pedal may become jammed in full open position when an “unsecured or incompatible floor mat” is used, causing the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally. Previously we have reported on this web site that some of the drivers who became caught in a runaway car were unable to remedy the situation. There’s the story of Bulent and Anne Ezal, ... Read More

Latest Toyota recall vindicates CA man accused of causing fatal crash

Guadalupe Gomez was driving his new 2007 Toyota Camry south on interstate 280 in San Jose, California, when his car began accelerating out of control. Racing down the busy highway at speeds of more than 100 mph, Gomez did all he could to avoid a catastrophic collision. He held down on his horn, pushed the ignition button repeatedly, kicked the accelerator, and switched gears — all while dodging traffic. Unfortunately, Gomez’s car didn’t stop until it collided with Troy Edwin Johnson’s Honda Accord. Johnson, a 39-year-old father of 5, burned to death when his car went up in flames. The ... Read More