April 2012

First Arrest Made in BP Oil Spill Case


NEW ORLEANS — By arresting a former BP engineer Tuesday, federal prosecutors for the first time showed their hand in the Gulf oil spill case, saying they were probing whether BP PLC and its employees broke the law by intentionally lowballing how much oil was spewing from its out-of-control well.

BP Finalizes Oil Spill Settlement With Plaintiffs

When the settlement was first negotiated in March, BP executives said they expected to pay $7.8 billion from a $20 billion fund the company set aside to pay for costs associated with the spill. According to a statement from the company's website posted yesterday, the settlement has been finalized.

Congress falls short on oil spill safety, panel says

By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau April 17, 2012, 6:24 p.m. A new report gives lawmakers a D grade for failing to enact legislation responding to the Deepwater Horizon disaster two years ago. The Obama administration and the oil industry both get higher grades for taking steps to prevent a repeat. Who didn't see this coming...? read more LA Times


Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists

Al Jazera: Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.

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New Orleans, LA - "The fishermen have never seen anything like this," Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. "And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either."

Shell Says Sheen Dissipating

(Kristen Hays-Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell said an oil sheen near two of its offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas platforms was dissipating Thursday, and it was "very confident" its installations were not to blame.

The Hague-based company said the "orphan spill," estimated to be about six barrels of oil, was breaking up. Shell said it would continue to monitor the sea floor with a pair of underwater robots.

"Shell's subsea surveillance today and tomorrow will continue to determine if there is a connection between natural seeps and this orphan sheen," the company said.

Lessons of the BP accident for improving offshore drilling safety around the world

By Najmedin Meshkati

As the second anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore platform accident approaches on April 20, the sky rocketing gasoline prices at the pumps have fueled calls of “drill, baby, drill” to increase domestic oil production. The prospect of extensive deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic waters, and elsewhere is now stronger than ever.

Update- Shell Oil Slick in Gulf

* Shell says 'light' sheen 10 square miles in size on water

* Sheen spotted near Shell's Mars and Ursa oil platforms

* Shell says to issue update after sunrise

* Shell shares down 5 percent in London

HOUSTON/LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) - Shares in Royal Dutch Shell fell on Thursday as the company stepped up efforts to monitor an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in a market still jittery after BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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