Home / Tag Archives: Deepwater Horizon

Tag Archives: Deepwater Horizon

Group sues Interior Department over deep-sea well permits

Group sues Interior Department over deep-sea well permits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group sued the Interior Department on Wednesday for what it called the “fast track” permitting of potentially dangerous oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters. The action came on the sixth anniversary of the nation’s largest offshore oil spill. The federal lawsuit, filed by the California-based Center for Biological Diversity in Washington, D.C., ...

Read More »

Stricter offshore drilling rules issued, upsetting industry

Stricter offshore drilling rules issued, upsetting industry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Obama administration issued new rules Thursday to make oil and natural gas offshore drilling equipment safer and to reduce risks in digging wells, but the oil industry and its supporters in Congress say they are costly and questioned their need. The rules published by the Interior Department came nearly six years after the catastrophic blowout ...

Read More »

At a glance: Settlement is latest milestone after BP spill

BP, settlement, oil spill, milestone, 2010, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge gave his final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over BP’s massive 2010 oil spill. Here’s a look at some of the legal milestones since a deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers and led to millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico: ...

Read More »

Drillers: Oil well rules dire for business; others disagree

Onboard the Maersk Developer, operating the Hadrian-5 well for ExxonMobil about 200 miles offshore in the KC-919 field in the Gulf of Mexico, on July 6, 2011. (Image: Maersk Drilling via Flickr - CC2.0)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An industry-funded study warns of dire consequences if pending rules to prevent another catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico go into effect, but critics questioned that claim. The dire economic analysis was done by Wood Mackenzie, a business research firm, and commissioned by the Gulf Economic Survival Team, a Louisiana-based industry group. The study ...

Read More »

Famous oil gushers around the world

Oil gushers are icons of early energy exploration. Once a common sight at the turn of the century, gushers have faded into history. Though they could be a spectacular sight, gushers were dangerous and wasteful. Uncapped wells produced large amounts of oil, often times shooting hundreds of feet into the air. One spark could ignite the oil, creating a column of ...

Read More »

Clean Water Act trial beginning for ex-BP rig supervisor

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. (Image: Petty Officer 2nd class Justin Stumberg via Wikipedia)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP rig supervisor was scheduled for trial Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge connected to pollution from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Kaluza once faced much more serious charges: manslaughter counts connected to the deaths of 11 workers who died when the rig exploded. But ...

Read More »

BP posts 91 percent plunge in fourth quarter earnings

BP posts 91 percent plunge in fourth quarter earnings

LONDON — BP’s fourth-quarter earnings plunged 91 percent amid sharp declines in oil prices as the British energy company continued to make provision for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and streamline operations. The company reported Tuesday that underlying replacement cost profit fell to $196 million from $2.2 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. The ...

Read More »

Florida counties have different plans for oil spill funds

PENSACOLA, Fla. — More than five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and sending more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a portion of the billions of dollars in settlement money with oil giant BP and others is slowly starting to reach 23 Florida counties. ...

Read More »

$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has approved $52 million in Deepwater Horizon project money for coastal restoration projects. News outlets report that the federal-state Restore Act council approved the funds Wednesday for six coastal-restoration projects and a study of the lower Mississippi River in Louisiana. The money comes from Clean Water Act fines paid by ...

Read More »

Manslaughter charges dropped for BP supervisors in oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — The Gulf of Mexico rig explosion that killed 11 workers and unleashed the nation’s worst offshore oil spill also led to criminal charges against four BP employees, who faced prison time if convicted. But the Justice Department’s decision to drop manslaughter charges against two BP rig supervisors makes it increasingly likely that nobody will spend a day ...

Read More »