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Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns

The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow of leaking oil from deep below the Gulf of Mexico could create a new set of environmental problems. Even if the materials, called dispersants, are effective, BP has already bought up more than a third of the world’s supply. If the leak from 5,000 feet beneath the surface continues for weeks, or months, that stockpile could run out. On Thursday BP began using the chemical compounds to dissolve the crude oil, both on the surface and deep below, deploying an estimated 100,000 gallons. Dispersing the oil is ... Read More

Feds eye Halliburton as investigations of Gulf oil disaster move forward

With federal investigations into the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon underway, more and more attention is being shifted to Halliburton, the oil-services corporation hired by British Petroleum (BP) to cement the wellhead from which hundreds of thousands of crude oil are spouting every day. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Halliburton workers had completed filling the gap between the pipe and the sides of the drill hole with cement and had started plugging the well temporarily when a blowout explosion likely occurred. Investigators haven’t determined whether Halliburton completed the cementing when the blast occurred. According to the Wall Street Journal, ... Read More

Whistleblower: BP risks more massive catastrophes in Gulf

A former contractor who worked for British Petroleum (BP) claims the oil conglomerate broke federal laws and violated its own internal procedures by failing to maintain crucial safety and engineering documents related to one of the firms other deepwater production projects in the Gulf of Mexico, according to internal emails and other documents obtained by Truthout. The whistleblower, whose name has been withheld at the person’s request because the whistleblower still works in the oil industry and fears retaliation, first raised concerns about safety issues related to BP Atlantis, the world’s largest and deepest semi-submersible oil and natural gas platform, ... Read More

BP Oil leak approaches Louisiana coast, containment efforts escalate

David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told the Associated Press that the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is “of grave concern” to him. “I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling.” Long stretches of the crude oil have been creeping north from the leak, situated about 50 miles south of Venice, Louisiana and a mile under the surface after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank last week. The ... Read More

Bon Secour Fisheries joins legal battle against BP, other firms over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

MOBILE, Ala. — Bon Secour Fisheries today joined the growing legal battle against BP Plc and the other companies involved with a drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The Baldwin County shrimp processing company filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to represent everyone in Alabama who owns or leases residential or commercial property that is threatened by an enormous oil slick caused by the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon. BP said today that it is responsible and that it will compensate those impacted. “We are taking full responsibility for the spill and we will clean it ... Read More

Alabama's Beasley Allen files oil spill suit

Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC filed a class action lawsuit against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The law firm filed a complaint against BP – officially called British Petroleum – in attempts to recoup losses for individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the disaster, such as property damages, loss of profits and loss of commercial and subsistence use of natural resources, according to a written statement. The oil spill happened early last week when an explosion caused the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico to sink. As a ... Read More

BP CEO says will pay oil spill claims

LONDON (Reuters) – BP Plc will compensate all those affected by an oil spill from one of its wells in the Gulf of Mexico, its chief executive said, accepting the disaster could hit plans to open new areas off the U.S. coast to drilling. “We are taking full responsibility for the spill and we will clean it up and where people can present legitimate claims for damages we will honor them. We are going to be very, very aggressive in all of that,” Tony Hayward told Reuters in an interview on Friday. The massive spill, which started when an oil ... Read More

Beasley Allen files class action case over BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (April 30, 2010) – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum (“BP”) and several other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm seeks to represent individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the disaster, including; real property damages; personal property damages; loss of profits and earning capacity; loss of commercial and subsistence use of natural resources; increased costs of public services; and, loss of revenues. The oil spill resulted from the explosion and sinking of the oil platform Deepwater Horizon in the ... Read More