BP acted with gross negligence in precipitating the April 20, 2010 spill, Barbier ruled last September. This mid-January, he found that BP wasn't grossly negligent or reckless in its source-control efforts to stop the spill.
BP oil and tar that washed ashore or was uncovered in Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Bernard and other Louisiana parishes during Hurricane Isaac is settling into wetlands and shutting some public beaches.
Southeast Louisiana beach lovers -- upset about losing last summer's surf to the BP spill -- may be eager to grab a towel on the first, warm weekend and head down to Grand Isle. But some local observers feel the cleaning effort should continue.
The blowout accident is just one more in a seemingly endless string of environmental insults and injuries. Life on the bayou gets harder each year and a rich and unique heritage is slowly eroding away.