EPA Suspends BP From New Federal Government Contracts

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 8:30 am

The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily suspended BP from any new contracts with the federal government. In a statement, the EPA attributes this action to “BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a [...]

Gulf Coast Oil Rig Explosion Kills Two

By: Friday November 16, 2012 10:11 am

A day after a record $4.5 billion criminal settlement in the BP oil disaster, another Gulf Coast oil rig exploded. An oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana sent four people to hospital Friday and two others were believed to be missing, Coast Guard officials said. Coast Guard spokesman Drake Foret said the fire [...]

BP Criminal Settlement Announced: $4.5 Billion Fine, 2 Charged With Manslaughter

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 11:32 am

So now we have an answer to the talk of a settlement in the BP oil disaster case. The company will pay a total of $4.5 billion in fines and payments, as well as admit to criminal charges. But the fines and payments do not include civil violations of either the Clean Water Act or [...]

BP, Justice Department Close to Settlement in Deepwater Horizon Case; BP to Plead Guilty of Criminal Misconduct

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 6:18 am

Well, I think we’ve figured out how an elite corporation can receive criminal charges in 21st-century America. All you have to do is spill 205.8 million gallons of oil into a US waterway. Then, you’re just going to have to cop a criminal misconduct plea, as long as the Justice Department gives you immunity from [...]

BP Haggling With Government Over Penalty for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

By: Monday October 1, 2012 7:03 am

The US government has still not reached a settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, though talks continue.

Justice Department Accuses BP of “Gross Negligence” in Oil Disaster

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 6:58 am

The Justice Department, which has been more active in closing cases than pursuing them lately, has accused BP of “gross negligence” in a court filing. The language has a very particular significance; if successful, BP would owe quadruple the amount of damages under the Clean Water Act, which could lead to a total of $21 [...]

Boehner Maneuvers for Conference Committee on Transportation Bill

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 10:15 am

Yesterday, the House passed yet another extension of the federal surface transportation bill. This one also goes for 90 days and would take the highway trust fund from June 30 to September 30, 2012. As expected, House Republicans attached some riders to the bill, including one that drew a White House veto threat. The extension [...]

Mutations in the Gulf: Eyeless and Lesioned Fish Found After BP Disaster

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 6:55 am

It was two years ago tomorrow that the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, leading to the largest oil spill in our nation’s history. And one of the strategies that BP and the federal government used to mask the enormity of the disaster was dispersants, the chemical liquid poured into the Gulf of Mexico in massive quantities. [...]

BP Poised for Comeback After Settlement on Oil Spill Claims

By: Monday March 5, 2012 8:15 am

As mentioned in The Roundup, BP settled with 120,000 victims of the oil disaster in the Gulf coast for a sum of $7.8 billion, all of which will come from the already allocated $20 billion oil spill fund. This result works well for BP, which can now get back to the business of exploiting world [...]

White House Accused of Deliberately Underestimating BP Oil Spill Data

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 6:21 am

I remember the gradual inflation of numbers during the BP oil disaster. First BP would say that 1,000 barrels a day was being released, when 5,000, then 10,000, and so on, never quite reaching the actual figure of 53,000 barrels a day. The government would generally back up BP’s estimates, and only changed when they [...]

US Cites BP, Two Contractors in Deepwater Horizon Disaster

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 12:15 pm

The first formal citations and fines have started to roll out for the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, 18 months after the explosion that started it all. The Interior Department handed out citations to BP and some of its contractors: The citations, which could lead to millions of dollars in fines, arose from an investigation of [...]

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