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Scientific Spill Studies, Funded by BP, Start to Yield Results

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists gathered in Alabama last month said their current research on impacts of the 2010 BP spill will help authorities deal with future disasters.

Feds and BP Clash Over Barrels Spilled at Macondo Trial

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.12.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

At the Macondo spill trial, number crunching or quantification of the oil flow started Monday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, with Judge Carl Barbier presiding. The U.S. is on one side with a figure of about 5 million barrels for the disaster that commenced in 2010, versus BP and Anadarko on the other with 3.26 million barrels.

Halliburton In Settlement Talks To Control Its Macondo Cement Liabilities

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.27.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 29, 2013 edition.) Houston-based Halliburton Co. is in talks to settle private clai...

Gulf Spill Trial's First Act Ends As BP Rests Its Case

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.20.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 22, 2013 edition.) Last week, BP called its final witnesses in the first phase of ...

BP defends its well-safety record at Gulf spill trial

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 15, 2013 edition.) Last week, BP executives and others testifying at U.S. District ...

Halliburton Rests Its Case In Gulf Spill Trial After Cement Work Testimony

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 8, 2013 edition.) At the spill trial last week, Halliburton staffer Jesse Gaglian...

Transocean Denies Skimping On Deepwater Horizon Maintenance

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 1, 2013 edition.) At the Gulf spill trial last week, a Transocean executive and a c...

Halliburton Stays In Spill Trial's Glare As Two Other Firms Escape Blame

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.23.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the March 24, 2013 edition.) In the fourth week of the 2010 Gulf spill trial, U.S. District J...

Halliburton Officers, Others Testify In 2010 Gulf Spill Trial

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.16.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the March 18, 2013 edition.) Week three of the Gulf oil spill trial under Judge Carl Barbier...

Oil Executives, Experts Testify As 2010 Spill Trial Continues

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.09.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the March 11, 2013 edition.) In the second week of a milestone spill trial at U.S. District ...

New Orleans-Based Trial Assesses 2010 Gulf Spill Blame

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.02.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the March 4, 2013 edition.) A landmark environmental trial kicked off last week at United Sta...

BP Banned; the Difficult Road Back

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

This morning, the EPA announced that BP has been banned from acquiring any new U.S. government contracts due to its "lack of business integrity." Still, BP needs to remain viable in the U.S. so they can continue to pay for clean up and civil penalties.

Persistent Oil Sheen at Macondo Well Site

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 12.27.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

There is a real problem at the site. Oil is definitely there, and it is a true problem. Think about it. From April 20, 2010 to July 15, 2010, the well flowed something around 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean environment. Only a small portion of that oil was recovered or burned.

BP Oil Spill Fine Upset: Likely to Soar Tens of Billions

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Just after mainstream financial news outlets reported that BP p.l.c. is close to a settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, there is more bad news for BP that could cause its fine to soar tens of billions of dollars.

BP: Still Leaking (Updated)

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

As if British Petroleum didn't have enough trouble with its Gulf Coast damage settlement, Norwegian authorities are investigating a "substantial" oil and gas leak off the coast of Norway.

Forgotten Tribe on Grand Bayou LA Slammed by Isaac

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.31.2012 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Isaac is the latest blow to a community that is spiritually tied to the land -- a community where sense of self and sense of place are irrevocably bound.

Arrest of BP Engineer Exposes the Smoking Gun?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Today, the Justice Department arrested a former BP engineer for allegedly destroying hundreds of text messages that included details of flow rate calculations of their blown out Macondo well in the days immediately following the Gulf disaster on April 20, 2010, just over two years ago.

The Big Fix Opens New Orleans Film Festival as Fresh Oil Continues From BP Macondo Site

Jerry Cope | Posted 12.18.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

The Big Fix, Josh and Rebecca Tickell's new film documenting the massive cover-up of the continuing effects from BP's Blowout at the Macondo site in the Gulf of Mexico, premiered to open the 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival Friday night.

In Praise of Public Interest Journalism

Patrick Parenteau | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green
Patrick Parenteau

Not surprisingly, the New York Times expose has sparked a strong, sometimes vicious, response from the oil and gas industry. It is not only the environment that is under assault; it is the very concept of public service journalism.

Final Government Report on BP Blowout Cites "Poor Risk Management

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Today, the Joint Investigation Team issued its final report on it's investigation of BP's Macondo Well Blowout and subsequent oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010.

Macondo Well Flowing Again? Not Likely

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 11.04.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Over the last several weeks, many have become concerned based on reports of oil on the surface of the water near BP's now P&A'd (plugged and abandoned) Macondo Well, and concern has been growing that the well is now leaking oil.

Preview of Spill Commission Report -- Confirms Weaknesses in Industry, Government

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

The presidential oil spill commission's conclusions, though not completely off base, are tainted by politics, lack of industry experience on the panel, and what I believe to be its effort to spread blame, not pinpoint it.