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  • Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines for spill

    June 4, 2014 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says BP PLC and a minority partner in the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in an appeal by BP... more »
  • BP oil not degrading on Gulf floor, study says

    September 20, 2011 12:25 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Researchers say tar balls washed on to Gulf of Mexico beaches by Tropical Storm Lee prove that oil left over from last year's BP spill isn't breaking down as quickly as some assume. Auburn University said Tuesday that its study shows the tar that hit Alabama... more »
  • Feds: Gulf disaster final report delayed slightly

    July 22, 2011 12:40 PM

    ATLANTA - A joint final report by the U.S. Coast Guard and the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling on what caused last year's Gulf of Mexico disaster will be delayed again. Following several extensions, the Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement was due... more »
  • Tar balls on Texas beaches are from Gulf oil spill

    July 6, 2010 1:02 PM

    Testing confirms that tar balls found over the weekend on Texas beaches are from the Gulf oil spill. U.S. Coast Guard Petty officer Richard Brahm said test results came back Tuesday that showed about two gallons of tar balls discovered Sunday on Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island came from... more »
  • No working phone number gets BP claim denied

    June 30, 2010 12:24 PM

    An administrator for BP claims says it hasn't reimbursed leaders in a Florida Panhandle county for about $75,000 in expenses because it doesn't have the county's phone number. A recent letter the Delaware-based claims administrator sent to the county states that the company doesn't have a working number for... more »
  • Facebook briefly disables 'Boycott BP' page

    June 29, 2010 2:25 PM

    BP PLC says it had nothing to do with Facebook's decision to briefly take down a page set up by users that advocates boycotting the oil giant over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP spokesman Toby Odone told The Associated Press on Tuesday that BP did not complain... more »
  • Judge blocks drilling moratorium imposed by Obama administration

    June 22, 2010 12:57 PM

    A federal judge blocked the six month moratorium placed on deepwater drilling. The moratorium was put in place after the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil has been spewing into the water since the April 20th accident. Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington argued in... more »
  • La. companies ask judge to end drilling moratorium

    June 21, 2010 1:17 PM

    Companies that ferry people and supplies to offshore oil rigs are asking a judge to overturn a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard two hours of arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore, a Covington, La.-based oilfield service company.... more »
  • BP executives arrive at WH to meet with Obama

    June 16, 2010 9:37 AM

    Top BP oil company officials, including chief executive Tony Hayward, have arrived at the White House for a meeting Wednesday with President Barack Obama. Obama told the nation Tuesday night that he intends to make BP pay for the damage it has caused to the Gulf of Mexico and... more »
  • Government meeting with BP today over oil claims

    June 9, 2010 12:45 PM

    The government is demanding "more detail and openness" from BP about how the company is handling damage claims from the Gulf oil spill. Admiral Thad Allen, the man heading the government's spill response, says he'll be meeting today with BP officials to discuss problems in the handling of mounting... more »
  • Saints to raffle Super Bowl ring

    June 8, 2010 1:35 PM

    The New Orleans Saints used a visit to Plaquemines Parish to raise residents' spirits and announce an effort to raise funds as well. Quarterback Drew Brees told the crowd that the team will receive their Super Bowl rings soon, and some fan will get one just before the first... more »
  • Gulf rig widows urge repeal of high seas death law

    June 7, 2010 1:01 PM

    The widows of two workers killed in the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion are calling on Congress to repeal a 90-year-old law that limits the amount of money survivors can recover in the deaths of family members. Natalie Roshto of Liberty, Miss., and Courtney Kemp of Jonesville, La.,... more »
  • Obama says U.S. will bounce back from oil crisis

    June 7, 2010 12:46 PM

    President Barack Obama is reassuring Americans that "we will get through this crisis" in the Gulf of Mexico but that it will take time and effort. Surrounded by Cabinet members, Obama and top federal officials were briefed on the government's battle against an unprecedented oil spill Coast Guard Adm.... more »
  • Feds halt all new drilling in the Gulf

    June 3, 2010 1:12 PM

    The Obama administration is blocking all new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, a day after regulators approved a new permit for drilling in shallow water. The Minerals Management Service, which oversees offshore drilling, says in an e-mail from its Gulf Coast office that "until further notice" no... more »
  • Obama to Gulf: You are not alone

    May 28, 2010 2:25 PM

    President Barack Obama has promised Gulf Coast residents that they are not alone and will not be abandoned or left behind. Obama made the pledge as he visited Louisiana on Friday to tour areas threatened by the disastrous oil spill and get an update on response efforts. Speaking... more »
  • AG Caldwell asks for money for oil spill case

    May 28, 2010 12:33 PM

    Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is asking state lawmakers to beef up his budget, by $27 million over two years, so he can prepare for an oil spill lawsuit. Caldwell has yet to say who he'll sue or when he'll file such a lawsuit. He says "at some point... more »
  • Obama inspects beach threatened by oil spill

    May 28, 2010 12:28 PM

    Intent on showing firm command of the deepening Gulf Coast crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Louisiana Friday and personally inspected a beach jeopardized by America's largest-ever oil spill. Criticism of Obama is rising as crude continues to gush out of the leak weeks after the oil rig exploded... more »
  • Obama: "I was wrong" to believe oil industry ready

    May 27, 2010 1:28 PM

    President Barack Obama says he was wrong to believe oil companies were prepared to deal with a worst-case offshore spill. At a news conference Thursday, Obama defended his call for an expansion of offshore drilling, a policy he announced not long before the disastrous spill in the Gulf of... more »
  • BP statement regarding ROV monitoring of "Top Kill" procedure

    May 25, 2010 3:44 PM

    BP STATEMENT REGARDING ROV MONITORING OF 'TOP KILL' PROCEDURE In response to reports that BP has decided to discontinue live feed of footage from the sea bed while it attempts the so-called ‘top kill’ procedure, a BP spokesman today said: “We are working extremely closely with multiple agencies across the... more »
  • No quick decision in consolidating oil lawsuits

    May 24, 2010 12:35 PM

    There will be no quick decision from a federal judicial panel on whether to consolidate more than 130 lawsuits filed over the Gulf oil spill. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation rejected requests from attorneys to issue a ruling this month. The panel said in an order... more »
  • White House asks BP to share more information on spill

    May 20, 2010 1:54 PM

    The White House is asking BP PLC to publicly disclose more information about the Gulf oil spill including measurements of the size of the leak 5,000 feet under the sea and air quality. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the White House is writing to BP... more »
  • Terrebonne Parish sues BP over oil spill

    May 18, 2010 4:15 PM

    Terrebonne Parish District Attorney Joe Waitz has filed suit against oil giant BP, seeking money for wildlife killed or hurt by the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit, filed Monday, is among the first in an expected series from prosecutors in coastal parishes. St. Tammany... more »
  • Miami US attorney says DOJ closely watching spill

    May 18, 2010 2:38 PM

    Miami's top federal prosecutor says the Justice Department is closely monitoring the Gulf oil spill but currently there is no criminal investigation of BP or the other companies involved. U.S. Attorney Willy Ferrer told reporters Tuesday that Justice Department lawyers from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas are assigned... more »
  • Lawsuits seek to curb deep wells in Gulf

    May 17, 2010 5:37 PM

    Environmentalists seeking to curb oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico have filed federal lawsuits to shut down a major BP platform and close a government loophole for new oil and gas exploration. Two lawsuits were filed Monday, one in Alabama and the other in Texas. They target the... more »
  • BP: Mile-long tube sucking oil away from Gulf well

    May 16, 2010 1:40 PM

    BP says a mile-long tube is drawing most of the oil away from a well that's spewed millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. BP spokesman Mark Proegler said Sunday that the contraption was hooked up successfully to a tanker at the surface as crews gained... more »
  • BP works on another attempt to plug oil leak

    May 15, 2010 10:23 AM

    BP's latest attempt to stop the oil rushing into the Gulf of Mexico is to place what amounts to a mile-long catheter into the gusher. BP PLC technicians have been guiding deep-sea robots to thread the 6-inch tube with a rubber stopper into the 21-inch pipe spewing oil from... more »
  • New video of 1st containment dome being placed

    May 12, 2010 6:02 PM

    Technicians lower the 100-ton containment dome to the sea bed May 7, 2010 as part of an effort to contain the leak from the Deepwater Horizon well. This video was released within the past hour. It shows the main leak, as well as robotic arms trying to place the... more »
  • Pictures of main oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico

    May 12, 2010 2:16 PM

  • BP: 2nd box on its way to Gulf oil spill site

    May 11, 2010 3:16 PM

    A BP spokesman says a second, smaller oil containment box known as a "top hat" is being brought to the site of a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. Spokesman Bill Salvin tells The Associated Press the box will be lowered to the seafloor, away from the plume,... more »
  • Scientific panel to probe oil spill

    May 11, 2010 12:51 PM

    A scientific panel of the National Academy of Engineering will conduct a separate investigation of what went wrong at the BP PLC drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday the Obama administration has asked the organization, which is part of the National Academy... more »
  • La. leaders concerned about dispersant risks

    May 10, 2010 4:45 PM

    Three of Louisiana's cabinet secretaries are asking oil giant BP about the risks tied to the use of the chemical dispersant that is being sprayed onto the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to thin the oil. The state's health secretary, Alan Levine; environmental quality secretary, Peggy Hatch; and wildlife... more »
  • 'Top hat' oil containment device much smaller

    May 10, 2010 3:48 PM

    BP is saying that it wants to have a new, much smaller oil containment device at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles also said Monday that it may be two weeks before the company can... more »
  • Weather conditions challenge oil leak spraying

    May 10, 2010 3:25 PM

    The weather conditions are becoming an obstacle as BP sprays chemicals underwater on the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The air quality changes based on the amount and concentration of the oil in the water around the vessels. Workers on the vessels are having to... more »
  • BP: federal cap on oil spill damages not an issue

    May 10, 2010 1:12 PM

    BP's top lobbyist says the company does not view a $75 million federal cap on economic damages for oil spills as a limit to its obligations to people along the Gulf Coast. David Nagle, head of the company's Washington office, said BP has so far paid $3.5 million in... more »
  • Halliburton: work on oil rig finished before blast

    May 10, 2010 12:29 PM

    Oil services contractor Halliburton Inc. says it safely finished a cementing operation 20 hours before a Gulf of Mexico rig went up in flames. In testimony prepared for a congressional hearing Tuesday, Halliburton says it completed work on the well according to accepted industry practice and federal regulators. ... more »
  • BP executive confirms oil landfall

    May 6, 2010 1:40 PM

    A BP executive has told legislators that oil washed ashore on the Chandeleur Islands overnight. David Rainey, BP vice president of exploration, told the House Natural Resources committee on Wednesday that BP is doing everything it can to respond to the spill. Rainey says the company is determined... more »
  • Pinkish oil washing ashore at island off La. coast

    May 6, 2010 12:46 PM

    Oil is washing up on the shores of New Harbor Island off the coast of Louisiana. An Associated Press reporter saw a pinkish oily substance washing up Thursday on the sands and into the marshland at this part of the Chandeleur barrier islands chain. It was at least... more »
  • Coast Guard gets ready for controlled burn of oil

    May 5, 2010 12:49 PM

    The Coast Guard is preparing for a controlled burn of some of the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico now that weather conditions are more favorable. Spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell at an oil command center in Robert, La., said Wednesday that boats will skim oil... more »
  • BP announces $25M grants for states hurt by spill

    May 4, 2010 5:28 PM

    An executive with BP PLC is saying that the company has announced $25 million grants for four Gulf coast states affected by the oil spill. BP Chief Operating Office Doug Suttles said Tuesday that he hopes the grants will help Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida cut through red tape... more »
  • Official says unconfirmed report of oil at La. island

    May 4, 2010 4:09 PM

    An executive with BP PLC is saying there has been an unconfirmed report of oil washing ashore on a small Louisiana island. BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said at a news conference Tuesday that more than 20 boats have been dispatched to Chandeleur Island to look for the... more »
  • Florida governor: Entire state should prepare for spill

    May 4, 2010 12:35 PM

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says that even though the Panhandle will likely see the first impact from the oil spill, the entire state should be prepared. Crist says in a worst-case scenario, currents could carry the oil down the state's Gulf coast, through the Keys and then up the... more »
  • Document: BP didn't plan for major oil spill

    April 30, 2010 8:00 PM

    British Petroleum downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at an offshore oil rig that exploded and caused the worst U.S. spill in decades along the Gulf Coast. In its 52-page exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well, BP repeatedly suggested it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for... more »
  • Oil Spill: Plaquemines Parish update

    April 30, 2010 1:34 PM

    We've been down to Venice and Nairn this morning/afternoon in Plaquemines Parish. I talked to a fisherman in Venice who estimates he will lose $10,000 per month while the oil spill persists. He has volunteered to take his boat out to deploy booms in the wetlands to try and... more »
  • Innovation needed to stop oil spill

    April 26, 2010 8:01 PM

    An estimated 1,000 barrels of oil continue to spill into the Gulf of Mexico each day. It could be two weeks at the earliest before crews can shut down the spill. It is the result of last week's oil rig explosion in the Gulf. British Petroleum, the company... more »

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