BP Witness Calls Spill Response ‘Extraordinary’ at Fines Trial

Skimming vessels, support vessels and oil rigs at the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, June 13, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

By Daniel Lawton and Margaret Cronin Fisk (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc “conducted an extraordinarily effective response” to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, the company’s first witness testified Monday as the oil producer sought to minimize potential pollution fines. BP immediately mobilized people and equipment and recovered spilled oil at the highest-ever rate, retired Coast … [Read more...]

BP Seeks Review of ‘Gross Negligence’ Ruling

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By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Brubaker Calkins Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc asked the U.S. judge in charge of thousands of oil-spill damage lawsuits to review a ruling that exposes the company to as much as $18 billion in fines, saying it was based on evidence he said he wouldn’t consider. BP claims the Sept. 4 ruling that the company was grossly negligent in causing … [Read more...]

BP Found Grossly Negligent In 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Deepwater Horizon in flames in the Gulf of Mexico, April 21, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier held a trial without a jury over who was at fault for the … [Read more...]

Ex-BP Engineer Destroyed Gulf Spill Evidence, Jury Told

The Gulf Oil Spill as observed from NASA's Terra satellite on May 24, 2010. Image credit: NASA/Wikimedia Commons

By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Daniel Lawton Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- A former BP Plc engineer deliberately destroyed evidence sought by the U.S. for a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill, a federal prosecutor said at the end of a trial in New Orleans. Prosecutors charged the engineer, Kurt Mix, with two counts of obstruction of justice last year, … [Read more...]

New Report Claims Devastating Effects From Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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According to a recent report NOAA claims that deep-­sea soft sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010’s Deepwater Horizon blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may take decades to recover from the spill’s impacts. The paper  is the first to give comprehensive results of the spill’s effect on deep­water communities at the base of … [Read more...]