February 2012

Waterkeeper Organizations Expose The Crude-Truth in Gulf

For nearly 8 years, a well owned by Taylor Energy Co. LLC has continued to release crude oil. We believe as much as 1.25 million gallons has spilled from this site and it continues.

On February 2nd, Waterkeeper Alliance, along with several of the Gulf Coast Waterkeeper organizations, filed suit under the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation Recovery Act for ongoing violations.

BP, Andarko Liable for Violating Pollution Law, Judge Says

By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Allen Johnson Jr.
Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. are liable for Clean Water Act violations, a judge ruled, allowing the U.S. to seek fines of as much as $1,100 per barrel of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

BP and Anadarko, partners in the doomed Macondo Well project, are responsible by law for polluting the water because they owned the well, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans said yesterday. The ruling allows the government to seek fines without having to prove the issue of liability at trial.

BP Victims Still Feel Economic Impact

BLOOMBERG By Allen Johnson Jr., Laurel Calkins and Margaret Cronin Fisk - Feb 23, 2012

Louisiana oysterman Terrance M. Shelley was struggling to keep up with demand by New Orleans restaurants before BP Plc (BP/)’s Macondo well blew out in April 2010, crippling the processing plant he opened six months earlier.
“Demand was exploding” until then, said Shelley, 60, whose family has 18,000 acres of oyster reefs.
The state closed the reefs because of contamination from the Gulf of Mexico spill. Shelley’s business dried up as customers and wholesalers shunned Gulf seafood.

House Sets Aside Money for Oil Spill Recovery

Montgomery Advertiser
WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday endorsed a bipartisan effort to steer bil­lions of dollars in fines from the BP oil spill to Gulf Coast com­munities still recovering from the April 2010 disaster.

BP Trial Updates

BP Wins Exclusion of Prior Felony Violations from Oil Spill Trial

Taylor Lawsuit gaining Press

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Oil wells still leaking off Alabama's Gulf coast nearly eight years after Hurricane Ivan ruptured them have discharged far more oil than official Coast Guard estimates, according to an environmental group.
A report Skytruth, a nonprofit that monitors environmental pollution using satellite images, says the cluster of wells has gushed between 20 and 100 times more oil since 2004 than an estimate of 12,720 gallons given by the Coast Guard last week.


Waterkeepers file Taylor Oil Lawsuit

Waterkeeper Organizations File Suit to Plug Taylor Energy’s Gulf Oil Spill and Pry Open the Veil of Secrecy Surrounding 7 Years of Contamination Calls on Obama Administration to Require Stronger Safety Standards and More Transparency NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -- Waterkeeper Alliance and several Gulf Coast Waterkeeper organizations filed suit in Federal Court today, February 2, against Taylor Energy Company LLC under the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation Recovery Act, for ongoing violations stemming from an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that

UC Berkeley: Restoring the Gulf Marshes

Restoring the Gulf Marshes

BP Trial Updates

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has set aside nearly seven hours for opening statements in a trial over the deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
The Sacramento Bee


America’s Inability to Respond to an Oil Spill in the Arctic

When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in the early morning hours of April 20, 2010 it spawned one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. BP Plc’s Macondo well blowout lasted 89 days, spewing nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and taking the lives of 11 men. The catastrophe showed the clear need for a massive, well-coordinated response when disaster strikes.

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