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Why I'm Supporting BP Against the Lawyers

Joe Nocera: BP has already paid the spill victims—lawyers are just being greedy

(Newser) - BP can afford to pay the settlement for a lawsuit filed against it for the Gulf oil spill—but it shouldn't have to, says Joe Nocera in the New York Times . "BP is the best example I’ve ever seen of a company that actually tried to find... More »

Kevin Costner Beats Baldwin Lawsuit

Jury rejects $17M fraud claim over BP deal

(Newser) - It was aquaboy vs. Stephen Baldwin, and aquaboy won. A federal jury last evening tossed out a claim by Baldwin and a friend that Costner and a business partner duped them by keeping them in the dark about a multimillion-dollar deal between Costner's company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, and the... More »

BP Fined $25M for 2006 Alaska Spills

It's the largest per-barrel assessment ever imposed for a spill

(Newser) - Another blow to BP's coffers—and reputation: The oil company has been fined $25 million for two Alaska pipeline spills in 2006 . The civil fines will settle charges arising from both the spills and BP's non-compliance with court orders to properly maintain the pipelines, the New York Times... More »

Feds Grab BP's Blowout Preventer

Evidence ferried to NASA facility for examination

(Newser) - No sooner had BP raised the device that was supposed to prevent an oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico than the US Coast Guard took possession of it yesterday. The blowout preventer will be a key piece of evidence in the US probe into what went wrong in... More »

BP Spends $1M a Week on Ads

Oil giant expected to admit to spending today

(Newser) - This is sure to go over real well with the public: BP is expected to report today that it has spent $1 million a week advertising since the oil spill. The figure will be part of the company's report to the US House of Representatives, the Telegraph reports. The ad... More »

BP May Drill Again Near Blown-Out Well

Company won't forget about rich oil find, despite spill

(Newser) - BP workers have moved into the second stage of the " static kill ," ensuring that the well in the Gulf will never again spew forth oil—unless BP resumes drilling into the reservoir beneath it. The company's COO is already suggesting that BP may want to go back for... More »

Defiant Hayward: I Was Spill's Whipping Boy

Says he was vilified for doing the right thing

(Newser) - "I became a villain for doing the right thing," departing BP head Tony Hayward said in his first interview since resigning, complaining that he had become a whipping boy in the US because "people find it easier to vilify an individual more than a company." In... More »

BP's New Plan: Static Kill

'In a good position not to have a catastrophic event'

(Newser) - Once again, BP has a new plan. This one's called a "static kill" and could, the company says, make it possible to permanently seal the Deepwater Horizon well sooner than had been expected. The procedure would pump heavy mud into the capped well, forcing oil and gas back down... More »

Worries Over Leaks Mean Another Day of Tests

'Anomalies' spur caution, Thad Allen says

(Newser) - Worries over "anomalies" and seeping oil near the site of the Gulf spill have led authorities to order another day of testing on the cap over the damaged BP well, CNN reports . "There is no indication at this time this is any indication of a significant problem in... More »

Senators to Press British PM on Lockerbie Bomber

Lawmakers ask to meet with Cameron

(Newser) - Four US senators are probing the release of the only person convicted of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing, CNN reports. Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Bob Menendez released a letter today requesting a meeting with David Cameron during the British PM's visit to the US this week. Scotland... More »

Cajuns Wonder If Gulf Spill Is Last Straw

Many plan to stay till the bitter end, if need be

(Newser) - The sultry, salty soul of Louisiana's Cajun culture is inextricably bound to the rhythm of the waters of the Gulf: The sea provides plentiful food, work, and a lifestyle that has endured since the Cajuns settled there in the 1700s. But the sea has also been quick to punish, and... More »

Feds Alarmed by Gulf Seepage

Fears that capped oil may be leaking out elsewhere

(Newser) - The new discovery of seepage near the plugged BP well has alarmed federal officials who have warned the company to rigorously monitor the seabed. BP must be prepared to reopen the well immediately if scientists find evidence of spin-off leakage near the oil cap, according to a testy official apparently... More »

Did BP Push to Have Lockerbie Bomber Released?

(Newser) - With BP about to begin drilling for oil in Libya's Gulf of Sidra, Sen. Frank Lautenberg has urged the British government to investigate whether BP a hand in securing the release of the Lockerbie bomber in order to help close the oil deal. Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, and Bob Menendez... More »

New Containment Cap Reaches Oil Well

Feds revise deepwater drilling ban

(Newser) - A new containment cap has just moved into position atop the ruptured oil well beneath the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and officials are taking a wait-and-see attitude about the new equipment, MSNBC reports. "Until we have the cap on, securely fitted in place, and know it's operating... More »

Hopes High for New Cap on Gushing BP Well

New device, support ship could pump out 25K barrels a day

(Newser) - The effort to plug the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could make significant progress this weekend, as a larger containment cap and its support vessel arrive at the spill site. Coast Guard officials say a window of clear weather over the next few days could provide a... More »

Oil Cleanup Spoils Gulf's July 4th Parties

Tourism crisis, danger of fire dampen celebrations

(Newser) - Fourth of July celebrations will be scaled down in many Gulf Coast towns, where the BP oil spill and cleanup effort are taking a big bite out of holiday fun. Cash-strapped governments dealing with the tourism bust have canceled fireworks displays, and some have moved their pyrotechnics inland because of... More »

Storm Could Stop Spill Cleanup for 2 Weeks

'Top hat' would have to be turned off, releasing 840K extra gallons

(Newser) - A looming hurricane could force workers scrambling to slow or stop the Gulf oil spill back to shore—and release even more oil into the water, the Miami Herald reports. A weather system in the west-central Caribbean has a 70% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the weekend.... More »

Mom Lets Kid Play on Oily Beach

They even brought along 'Goo Gone' to deal with oil

(Newser) - The “Mother of the Year” award goes to the mom in the above video, who appears relatively unconcerned that her kid is frolicking on a beach soaked with oil from the BP spill, Matt Cherette writes for Gawker . Worse, her daughter gets oil on her feet and freaks out... More »

Judge Blocks Drilling Ban; White House Will Appeal

Affected companies oppose 6-month moratorium

(Newser) - The Obama administration may not impose a 6-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled today. The White House immediately said it plans to appeal the decision, CNN reports . The Interior Department imposed the ban in the wake of the... More »

Gulf Shrimpers, Out of a Job, Work for BP

Oil giant pays victims competitive wages to clean up its mess

(Newser) - For shrimpers on the Gulf of Mexico unable to practice their trade because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one employment option remains: working for BP, the company that destroyed their livelihood. The oil giant's "Vessels of Opportunity" program covers costs and pays trawlers close to what they would... More »

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