March 11, 2015 5:03 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has upheld a district judge's decision to drop 11 "seaman's manslaughter" charges against two BP supervisors in the deaths of workers killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the... more »
March 9, 2015 11:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - Casting agents are looking for people associated with the oil and gas industry to be part of a movie about the 2010 BP Oil Spill.
The movie is reportedly going to star Mark Wahlberg. It is being advertised as 'Deepwater Horizon' and will be based off... more »
March 5, 2015 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors hoping to win reinstatement of an obstruction of justice conviction against a former BP engineer will argue their case next month at an appeals court in New Orleans. Prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deliberately deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's... more »
February 20, 2015 5:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - The oyster industry is still recovering from the BP oil spill The men and women who work the coast are p ushing hard to keep the jewel of Louisiana seafood viable .
Oysters play a pivotal role on the coast.
"For over 150 years, the... more »
January 20, 2015 8:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal trial beginning in New Orleans is aimed at determining how much money BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties as a result of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Government lawyers at the trial opening Tuesday will be arguing for maximum penalties that could reached:... more »
November 6, 2014 11:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court panel has re-affirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that there were errors in its... more »
October 27, 2014 2:06 PM
WASHINGTON - New research shows that the BP oil spill left an oily "bathtub ring" on the sea floor that's about the size of Rhode Island. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated... more »
September 18, 2014 6:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling for BP PLC. The company had challenged... more »
August 3, 2014 10:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - State wildlife and fisheries regulators say they're reopening certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters to commercial and recreational fishing that have been closed since the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday that the waters will open... more »
July 22, 2014 5:33 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction. Federal prosecutors allege that Kurt... more »
July 8, 2014 11:21 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is set to decide whether to reinstate some of the charges against two BP employees in a manslaughter case arising from the death of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. BP well site leaders Robert... more »
June 30, 2014 11:25 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans says a former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a Congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision posted Monday reversed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Kurt... more »
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 »
April 19, 2014 12:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release two volumes of a four-volume report on the disaster on June 5. The Chemical Safety Board said in a Friday news release that the focus of its investigation is to... more »
April 11, 2014 8:25 AM
CHALMETTE - A government researcher who hopes to track the long-term health effects of the 2010 BP oil spill says there are early indications that cleanup workers were 30 percent more likely to suffer from depression than others living in areas affected by the spill. Dr. Dale Sandler of the... more »
March 27, 2014 7:13 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Kurt Mix was convicted in December for deleting text messages in what prosecutors said was an attempt to hamper the government's criminal... more »
February 28, 2014 6:50 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Sentencing for a former BP engineer found guilty of obstructing justice in the government's investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been pushed back while his lawyers fight the conviction. Kurt Mix was found guilty in December of one count of obstructing justice for deleting a string... more »
February 20, 2014 12:38 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The trial for two BP employees charged in the deadly 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig has been put on hold while a federal appeals court considers the dismissal of some charges filed against them.
The case involves BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza... more »
September 29, 2013 8:35 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP's 86-day struggle to stop the flow of oil gushing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico will be the focus of a trial scheduled to resume Monday in federal court. BP insists it was prepared to respond to the deadly disaster, but plaintiffs' attorneys... more »
July 17, 2013 12:04 AM
HAMMOND- The chief of BP claims dealing with the oil spill of 2010 said he's committed to fighting fraud.
A special hotline has been set-up for people to report potential fraud dealing with the disaster three years ago.
"We will pay legitimate claims but we will not pay... more »
July 16, 2013 11:38 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A team of researchers has concluded that pockets of oil trapped in the wreckage of the sunken Deepwater Horizon are the likely source of oil sheens that have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the deadly 2010 explosion on the BP-leased drilling... more »
June 19, 2013 2:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors have secured new indictments against a former BP engineer and a former BP executive charged separately with obstructing investigations of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Wednesday's indictment of former BP executive David Rainey adds language alleging that he knew of... more »
May 31, 2013 10:38 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory. Court filings Thursday by Robert Kaluza and... more »
May 17, 2013 4:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A woman has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for bilking Gulf Coast residents by posing as a federal safety official after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that 47-year-old Connie Knight, formerly of Belle Chasse, had claimed to be... more »
April 15, 2013 9:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn't have any safety concerns before the deadly blast. John Guide was the first witness to... more »
April 2, 2013 8:51 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Legal proceedings in the 2010 deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster is scheduled to resume Tuesday with testimony expected from a Halliburton employee who was on the rig when it exploded. Jesse Gagliano worked on the failed cement job that led to BP's well blowout. He was interviewed by... more »
March 19, 2013 9:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The chief executive of the company that owned the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says its employees "should have done more" to avert the disaster that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Transocean president and CEO... more »
February 26, 2013 9:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A University of California-Berkeley engineer who played a prominent role in investigating levee breeches in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is scheduled to be the first witness Tuesday at a trial over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Robert Bea is an expert witness for... more »
January 16, 2013 10:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Relatives of workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion are sharing their stories with the judge who will decide whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for the 2010 disaster. Wednesday is the deadline... more »
January 10, 2013 7:33 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Businesses and individuals who claim BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company's class-action settlement with private plaintiffs' attorneys.
Court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau says payments hit the $1 billion mark before the... more »
January 9, 2013 7:38 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Ltd. is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in New Orleans Wednesday for its plea agreement with the Justice Department over the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Transocean has agreed to pay $400 million in criminal... more »
January 8, 2013 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - The state has acquired more than 11,000 acres of wetlands in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes as part of a conservation project funded by a settlement over the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana said Monday that the $6.7 million purchase of the... more »
January 4, 2013 7:14 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A $1.4 billion settlement between the Justice Department and Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean Ltd. will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into projects designed to help the Gulf Coast recover from the nation's largest offshore oil spill.
U.S. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said... more »
January 3, 2013 3:47 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana lawmakers trumpeted the fact that the state will see hundreds of millions of dollars as part of the federal government's $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean today over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The final terms of the settlement require Transocean, which owned the drilling rig... more »
December 18, 2012 4:19 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Officials say underwater inspections at the site of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig disaster have failed to identify the source of a persistent sheen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard said Tuesday that the recent inspections confirmed BP's Macondo well, which blew out... more »
December 7, 2012 8:56 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former BP executive is asking a federal judge to postpone his trial on charges he concealed information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well in 2010.
A trial for David Rainey is scheduled to start Jan. 28.... more »
December 5, 2012 3:07 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A new judge has been assigned to the case against two BP supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in 2010. The case had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle, who disclosed last month that his wife owns... more »
December 5, 2012 11:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A BP PLC employee has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that he must submit to a medical exam to determine whether he is fit to be questioned under oath in civil litigation spawned by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. A three-judge panel of... more »
November 28, 2012 3:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Two BP rig supervisors and a former BP executive have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company's response to the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine and... more »
November 27, 2012 3:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer for BP PLC entered a not-guilty plea for the company as it was arraigned on charges stemming from a deadly 2010 rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The plea Tuesday in federal court was a procedural move paving the... more »
November 15, 2012 7:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak in New Orleans about the government's $4.5 billion settlement with BP over the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Department of Justice said Holder and top U.S. officials will hold a news conference at 1:00 p.m.... more »
October 12, 2012 10:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Crews will use remotely operated vehicles to get a look at the Deepwater Horizon wreckage, and hopefully pinpoint the source of a new oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico.
This week, the sheen was connected to the BP spill in 2010. The ROV is expected to... more »
September 5, 2012 8:18 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Old oil has washed up on some Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac and officials are testing whether it's left over from BP's Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.
Officials late Tuesday restricted fishing in waters extending a mile off a roughly 13-mile stretch of coastline.
The... more »
April 20, 2012 9:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two years without Gordon Jones is still a hard reality for his father Keith.
"I feel angry, disappointed, I feel cheated," he said.
Gordon, 28-years-old when he died, had a wife, 2-year-old son Stafford, and baby boy Max on the way, he would never meet. But... more »
December 16, 2011 6:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP will receive $250 million from the maker of the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing out of BP's fractured well in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Associated Press. Under the agreement announced Friday, BP and Cameron International Corp. will drop all... more »
December 5, 2011 9:04 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Obama administration has released a report on how the Gulf Coast can be restored following the nation's worst offshore oil spill after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana in April 2010.
The report from the White House's Gulf of Mexico... more »
October 12, 2011 5:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators have cited oil company BP PLC and two other companies - Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton - for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year's rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf.
The companies have 60 days to appeal Wednesday's citations... more »
October 5, 2011 2:11 PM
HOUSTON - Five coastal states are determined to clean up the damaged Gulf of Mexico ecosystem after last year's oil spill highlighted how decades of contamination and deterioration had placed a backbone of the U.S. economy at risk of ruin, according to a federal report released Wednesday.
The Gulf... more »
September 26, 2011 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- BP has applied for its first Gulf of Mexico drilling permit in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill.
It was filed last week, one week after BP was cited in a federal report for several violations related to the disaster.
Some... more »
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 »
September 13, 2011 4:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press show a BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But the oil giant failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for at... more »
September 2, 2011 12:32 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has filed a lawsuit in a Texas state court against BP PLC claiming the oil giant provided it with inaccurate information about the deepwater well that blew out and spawned last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
It's the latest of several... more »
August 31, 2011 5:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- Seven of the remaining 27 BP claims offices helping people with the aftereffects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be closed effective Thursday, according to claims administrator Ken Feinberg.
Two of the closures are in Louisiana, the New Iberia and Venice locations.
Many businesses in... more »
August 10, 2011 12:40 PM
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Mats of oil are still in evidence along Horn Island's west end, more than a year after the BP oil disaster.
BP spokesman Ray Melick tells The SunHerald that the company is gearing up to return to Horn Island with sand-cleaning crews as soon as... more »
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 »
July 20, 2011 12:30 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has refused to order the White House to provide BP with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration's response to last summer's massive Gulf oil spill.
A company lawyer said emails by Carol Browner, Obama's former adviser... more »
July 8, 2011 1:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is arguing that most victims of last year's Gulf oil spill should not get any more payouts for future losses because the hardest-hit areas are recovering and the economy is growing.
The British oil company argues its case in a 29-page document made public Friday... more »
May 26, 2011 12:50 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC is asking a federal judge to dismiss most of the court claims filed against the oil giant by businesses and individuals who say they suffered economic damage from last year's massive Gulf oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't immediately rule Thursday after... more »
May 25, 2011 12:42 PM
WASHINGTON - A senator upset with the pace in which the Obama administration is approving deep-water oil drilling permits has blocked a pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Salazar is crying foul, accusing Louisiana Republican David Vitter of employing strong-arm tactics and of trying to coerce him into... more »
May 20, 2011 3:01 AM
LONDON- BP PLC says MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, its minority partner in the blown-out Deepwater Horizon well, has agreed to pay the British company $1.065 billion to settle all claims between the companies over the accident in the Gulf of Mexico. BP said Friday that it will immediately put the... more »
April 22, 2011 3:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Coast Guard probe of the Deepwater Horizon explosion has concluded that rig owner Transocean had serious flaws in its safety management system and a poor safety culture that contributed to the disaster.
Friday's report also found that lax oversight by the rig's flag state, the... more »
April 20, 2011 4:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is suing the maker of the device that failed to stop last year's calamitous Gulf oil spill, alleging negligence that the oil giant says helped cause the disaster.
The British company says in papers filed in federal court in New Orleans on Wednesday that Cameron... more »
April 19, 2011 9:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon is still fresh in the minds of the people who lost loved ones and they contend safety offshore still isn't a priority.
Keith Jones' son, Gordon, was an engineer on-board the rig. He was one of 11 killed a year ago... more »
April 19, 2011 11:36 AM
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Florida won't join a lawsuit against the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded a year ago, causing the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wednesday is the deadline for joining a federal lawsuit against Transocean in New Orleans.
The state... more »
April 14, 2011 3:46 PM
NEW ORLEANS - With everything Big Oil and the government have learned in the year since the Gulf of Mexico disaster, could it happen again?
An Associated Press examination of the industry and interviews with experts on the perils of deep-sea drilling show there are still serious... more »
April 9, 2011 11:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal court filing in New Orleans says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair Manuel settled with... more »
April 8, 2011 6:16 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Louisiana State University senior Chase Menard has come up with a way to prevent another catastrophic oil spill like Deepwater Horizon.
Menard says the method he's been working on since February is simple: install two pressure sensors deep below the surface, which will monitor gas bubbles that... more »
March 28, 2011 3:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Lead attorneys for people suing BP over last year's oil spill can view emails exchanged between a key engineer for the oil giant and his wife, a federal magistrate judge ruled Monday.
Judge Sally Shushan said the marital privilege doctrine does not protect the emails Brian... more »
March 23, 2011 11:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal probe has found that a trapped piece of drill pipe prevented a key failsafe device from properly sealing off the blown oil well that caused last year's massive Gulf oil spill, according to a report released Wednesday.
The 551-page report said the device, known... more »
March 15, 2011 5:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has honored a team of scientists at LSU for "extraordinary" work during and after the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.
Ed Overton, professor emeritus in LSU's School of the Coast and Environment, and his team of scientists were recently given the... more »
March 6, 2011 9:04 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The federal agency that oversees the offshore oil and gas industry says an investigation into BP's Atlantis platform in the Gulf of Mexico found some problems, but none that caused unsafe conditions. The agency found problems with the way the company organized, stored and labeled engineering drawings... more »
March 6, 2011 8:54 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - The group charged with administrating BP's$20 billion Gulf oil spill fund says it will start processing claims from casino workers next week. Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who oversees the fund, said Friday through a spokeswoman that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will begin processing 2,500 claims... more »
March 4, 2011 3:05 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal investigators say there may have been a safety design problem with the pods that controlled the massive device that failed to stop the Gulf oil spill, and they want more testing done to confirm that.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is objecting to the government's... more »
March 1, 2011 5:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal says there are urgent needs along the coast that must be addressed immediately.
He announced plans to spend $12 million dollars to re-establish oyster beds and stabilize the coast. BP would reimburse the state at some point in the future.
Jindal and other... more »
February 21, 2011 1:06 PM
HOUMA, La. - To ensure that the state's oyster crop has a chance to rebound this spring after the Gulf oil spill, the state has committed $2 million to immediately restore oyster grounds.
The Courier reports the state's committment was announced by Garret Graves, chairman of the state's Coastal... more »
February 17, 2011 12:47 PM
WASHINGTON - A presidential oil spill panel says BP had problems with work by its cement company long before the massive Gulf oil well blowout, which investigations have blamed on cement failing at the bottom of the hole.
But BP apparently didn't do much, if anything, about it.
... more »
February 8, 2011 8:28 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Sierra Club is seeking to join a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department against BP PLC. over the company's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Monday, the Sierra Club asked a federal judge to allow it to become involved in the suit against BP.... more »
February 4, 2011 1:13 PM
ATLANTA - The Justice Department is telling the administrator of the $20 billion fund for Gulf oil spill victims that his job is not to preserve money or return it to BP, and is insisting he loosen the purse strings to help people who are still suffering from last year's... more »
February 1, 2011 4:48 PM
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s governor and attorney general want a judge to step in and oversee communications between people claiming a portion of BP’s oil spill compensation fund and the fund’s administrator, Ken Feinberg. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed the motion in federal court in New Orleans today. It asks... more »
January 28, 2011 11:09 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge is defending his decision to appoint Alabama's newly elected attorney general to coordinate all states' interests in the litigation spawned by the Deepwater Horizon explosion that led to the Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in court Friday that his appointment... more »
January 24, 2011 10:08 AM
MOBILE - Volunteers from across the country are rebuilding oyster reefs along the Gulf of Mexico's delicate shoreline, hoping to revive oyster beds under assault for decades from overharvesting, coastal development, pollution, and most recently the BP oil spill. The waters harbor much of the world's last remaining productive natural... more »
January 13, 2011 12:47 PM
WASHINGTON - The nation's top offshore drilling regulator says his agency is considering ways to increase civil penalties for companies that violate drilling rules.
Current rules allow fines of up to $35,000 per incident per day.
Michael Bromwich, director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,... more »
January 7, 2011 12:44 PM
PORT SULPHUR - Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster remains in marshes off the coast of Louisiana, where officials are renewing complaints about the cleanup effort by the oil giant BP and the federal government. State and parish officials took media on a tour Friday morning of Barataria Bay, pointing... more »
January 6, 2011 10:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A presidential panel concludes that disasters like the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig could happen again without significant reform. The panel's conclusions have companies involved in the nation's largest offshore oil spill pointing fingers at each other again. A 48-page excerpt of the panel's report obtained... more »
December 16, 2010 12:27 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The big set of sand barriers erected by Louisiana's governor to protect the coastline at the height of the Gulf oil spill is being criticized by a presidential commission as a colossal, $200 million waste of money so far.
Hardly any oil ever reached the berms,... more »
December 15, 2010 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Local environmentalists applauded the federal government's move on Wednesday to bring BP, Transocean and a few other companies to court over the Gulf oil spill.
The Attorney General announced the civil lawsuit is aimed at holding the companies responsible for safety and regulatory violations that caused... more »
December 13, 2010 12:21 PM
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - The administrator of a $20 billion fund paying damages from the Gulf oil spill says claimants who want quick resolution can receive a one-time payment worth thousands of dollars, but they would get no more money. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that the new option, which... more »
December 9, 2010 12:44 PM
HOUSTON - A technician who was aboard the oil rig that exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico says she is too traumatized to testify before a panel investigating the blast and subsequent spill.
Cathleena Willis was working for a Halliburton subsidiary the night of the blast that... more »
December 9, 2010 12:22 PM
HOUSTON - A technician who was aboard the oil rig that exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico says she is too traumatized to testify before a panel investigating the blast and subsequent spill. Cathleena Willis was working for Sperry Sun the night of the blast that killed 11... more »
November 24, 2010 8:42 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The deadline to make an emergency Gulf of Mexico oil spill claim is over and the administrator of the $20 billion fund is laying out more details about what happens next.
Kenneth R. Feinberg is going to talk to reporters Wednesday about how the process will... more »
November 22, 2010 12:15 PM
A new study from the presidential oil spill commission details behind-the-scenes tension and mistakes behind the three-month effort to cap the busted BP oil well, with a lone scientist working from a cell phone photo saving the day.
Monday's draft report said some BP attempts to stop the gusher... more »
November 19, 2010 12:27 PM
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Experts at an international conference in South Carolina agree the United States was poorly prepared for the spill that pumped about 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The government has assured the public that Gulf seafood is safe, but there were differences... more »
November 12, 2010 12:32 PM
WASHINGTON - Federal scientists say burning oil to clean up the massive Gulf spill released small amounts of toxins, but not enough to pose an added cancer risk to workers and coastal residents.
The U.S. Coast Guard set 411 fires from late April to mid-July, burning off as much... more »
November 10, 2010 10:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The final cap on the BP oil well that blew bears a memorial to the 11 men killed in the explosion, on April 20th.
Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft says the "capping stack" was installed on Monday on the well and it is the final step in plugging... more »
November 8, 2010 12:08 PM
WASHINGTON - The presidential commission investigating the massive Gulf oil spill has found no instance where a decision deliberately sacrificed safety to cut costs. Fred H. Bartlit, Jr., the panel's chief counsel, in a presentation Monday said the probe did not uncover any case where an individual made a conscious... more »