Waterkeeper Updates

World Water Day 2012: Food & Security


At Waterkeeper Alliance, we celebrate water every day. Swimmable, fishable, drinkable water is a basic human right for which we all strive. Whether you’re joining P.Diddy for a sunset cruise on his yacht or picking up litter off your local beach, we hope you choose to celebrate World Water Day this March 22nd by remembering how important clean water is to our existence.

Tell Congress: Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right!

The Clean Water Act - one of our nation’s key pieces of environmental legislation - allows millions of American’s to reclaim our nation’s waterways and make them safe for swimming, drinking, and fishing. Sadly, the Clean Water Act is currently under attack.

After Partial Settlement, Oil Spill Case on a Slow Boil

By Robert Verchick
The BP Oil Spill case settled! Well, part of it. The smaller part. But, still, we must count this a victory for U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, whose reported 72 million pages of assigned reading will inevitably be shaved down. (Does this man have an iPad?)

Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Underway

Gulf oil spill settlement reached; BP expected to pay out $7.8 billion

BP and the private plaintiffs in the massive Gulf oil spill litigation have reached a settlement that BP estimates will cost $7.8 billion. But that is an uncapped amount, an the court still must supervise the payment of damages. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier also issued an order delaying the trial for a second time in light of the settlement.


Judge postpones Atchafalaya Basin ruling

Local crawfish farmers and environmental activists will have to wait another week before knowing if a legal battle against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take a turn for the better.

Members of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association West and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network are using a federal lawsuit in an attempt to force an Atchafalaya Basin landowner to remove a dam and other structures the corps permitted after the construction was already complete.

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

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