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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

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

Second part of BP’s oil spill trial starts Monday

The second of three phases in a long trial to determine BP’s role and culpability for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill begins today in New Orleans. The London-based oil giant remains on the hook for potentially up to $18 billion dollars in per-barrel fines for violating the U.S. Clean Water Act with its massive 2010 oil spill, the worst in U.S. history. The second phase of BP’s oil-spill trial will help determine how many billions of dollars the corporation will pay in addition to the $42.4 billion it has already spent or reserved for cleanup of the spill, compensation for ... Read More

New report maps wide destruction of BP oil spill across Gulf sea floor

BP’s giant 2010 oil spill decimated several square miles of life on the Gulf of Mexico’s floor in the area surrounding the company’s blown-out Macondo well, a new academic study has found. According to researcher Paul Montagna, professor of ecosystems and modeling at Texas A&M, the oil spill decimated about nine square miles of life on the sea floor surrounding the Macondo wellhead, the epicenter of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster. In all, about 57 square miles of sea-floor ecosystems suffered varying degrees of damage from the resulting oil spill, said the report, published Tuesday in the scientific journal PLOS One. ... Read More

Justice Department removes three prosecutors from BP oil spill obstruction case

Three key U.S. prosecutors have been withdrawn from the forthcoming trial of Kurt Mix, a former BP engineer facing federal obstruction charges for deleting hundreds of voicemails and text messages considered relevant to the ongoing investigation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, U.S. Justice Department officials have said. According to Law 360, a Justice Department spokesperson said that the attorneys’ exit, which U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval approved, was “merely a staffing adjustment” and shouldn’t affect preparations for the trial, scheduled to begin December 2. Mr. Mix was a drilling and completions project engineer at BP who was involved ... Read More

New study finds BP oil spill pollution much worse than previous government findings

Researchers have found significantly higher contamination levels in water, sediment, and seafood collected from the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 during and after BP’s massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill than scientists from federal agencies found, a new report published in the Marine Pollution Journal reveals.According to the New York Times, the study’s findings cast doubts on the sampling methods used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its results, which the agency used to determine where and when to reopen 88,000 square miles of Gulf waters closed to commercial and recreational fishing after the spill. Other non-government studies ... Read More

BP sues EPA in effort to recover new drilling contracts in Gulf of Mexico

BP’s legacy of environmental destruction, which started long before it created the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, has earned it a criminal record and a reputation as a big polluter that will stop at nothing to boost profits. But rather than adopting a genuinely responsible corporate culture and addressing its deficiencies, the oil giant has instead invested millions in deceptive commercials and newspaper advertisements designed to evoke public sympathy and recast itself as a company that Americans can count on to do the right thing. But little of that has worked so far, and now BP may be taking ... Read More

Judicial panel rejects motion to create another BP oil spill multidistrict litigation

A group of claimants allegedly harmed by BP’s 2010 oil spill who opted out of the March 2012 settlement agreement or were excluded from it have had their request to form a new multidistrict litigation (MDL) denied. The parties asked the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) that their claims against BP be consolidated into a new multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of Mississippi, separate from the giant MDL the JPML formed in federal court in New Orleans in August 2010. The settlement agreement reached between BP and the plaintiffs’ lawyers in March 2012 is designed to resolve hundreds ... Read More