Gulf Oil Spill News
By Bryan Gruley and Bradley Olson – Bloomberg Business – March 11, 2015
BP Plc has apologized again and again for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Lately the company has been sounding less remorseful. Take a look at “The Whole Story.” It’s a web page operated by the London-based company that regularly addresses what BP calls “misinformation” about the region’s recovery and legal issues surrounding the 130 million-gallon (500 million-liter) spill, the largest in U.S. history. For full story, click here.
By Rachel Nuwer – The New York Times – March 2, 2015
Dolphins are dying in great numbers in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Since February 2010, 1,308 dead or dying marine mammals — mostly bottlenose dolphins, including juveniles or aborted fetuses — have washed ashore on beaches and wetlands from Texas to Florida, or have been discovered floating in the Gulf’s murky waters. In some months, the numbers of stranded dolphins in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have exceeded past averages by three and a half to four times. In Louisiana, the 2010 and 2011 figures were the highest ever recorded. A scientific explanation has so far proved elusive. “The Gulf is not a controlled laboratory where you can have a perfectly pathogen-free animal and expose it to one agent and measure the effect,” said Dr. Stephanie Venn-Watson, director of the translational medicine and research program at the National Marine Mammal Foundation. For full story, click here.
By Jennifer Larino – NOLA.com-The Times-Picayune – February 19, 2015
A federal judge in New Orleans has rejected BP's effort to cap its fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill at $9.57 billion, nearly one-third lower than the penalty federal prosecutors are seeking. The court has not yet ruled how much the British oil giant will pay for the disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Thursday (Feb. 19) that BP could pay a maximum civil penalty of up to $4,300 for each barrel of oil spilled. The fines apply under the Clean Water Act, the federal law governing water pollution.The ruling means BP continues to face up to $13.7 billion in civil fines for the oil spill. For full story, click here.
By Geoffrey Mohan – Los Angeles Times – February 19, 2015
Microbes in beach sand apparently gobbled up a lot of oil washed ashore from the 2010 BP oil spill, but that assault altered the microbial population, leaving it less functionally diverse, according to a new study. Among the declines from the oil inundation was the ability to make nutrients such as nitrogen available to other life forms, according to Georgia Tech environmental microbiologist Konstantinidis Konstantinos, co-author of the study published online Tuesday in the ISME Journal.“One of the key groups that we saw disappearing, from the oil, was these nitrogen fixers," Konstantinos said. "That’s a concern because it supports the rest of the system.” For full story, click here.
By Jennifer Larino – NOLA.com The Times-Picayune – September 24, 2014
A federal judge Wednesday (Sept. 24) ruled that BP has no right to recover more than $185 million the company says was overpaid to claimants under its oil spill settlement. BP said it plans to appeal the decision. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said the settlement BP agreed to makes it clear the British oil giant cannot claw back payments, even if the terms change as a result of future court rulings. BP sought repayment - plus interest - after a May court order approved a change in accounting rules for how oil spill losses were calculated under the settlement. For full story, click here.
By Steven Mufson – The Washington Post – September 4, 2014
A federal judge in New Orleans on Thursday ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct” had caused the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and that the company’s “reckless” behavior made it subject to fines of as much as $4,300 a barrel under the Clean Water Act. A federal judge in New Orleans on Thursday ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct” had caused the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and that the company’s “reckless” behavior made it subject to fines of as much as $4,300 a barrel under the Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.
By Stacey Plaisance – ABC News – August 12, 2014
On this day, Slavich's cage-like net pulls up dozens of empty, lifeless oyster shells. "It's not good," he said, shaking his head as he pushed the shells back into the water. "We've never seen it like this, not out here." Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest. For full story, click here.