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Often Overlooked: 11 Died on Deepwater Horizon

The AP compiles snapshots

(Newser) - Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion , and the AP provides snapshots of the 11 men who died aboard the rig but often get overlooked in coverage. A sample:
  • Jason Anderson, 35, Midfield, Texas. He was transferring to another rig and wasn't even supposed to be
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BP May Have to Pony Up $14B for Oil Spill

New Orleans judge assessing fine for Deepwater Horizon disaster

(Newser) - The $4.5 billion criminal penalty that BP had to pay for the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill was pretty hefty, but a New Orleans judge may be about to triple that fine. Nearly five years after the disaster that dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the... More »

BP Spill Left Huge, Oily 'Bathtub Ring'

Millions of gallons ended up on seafloor

(Newser) - The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill left oily residue on the seafloor that scientists liken to a "bathtub ring"—if the tub were big enough to fit Rhode Island. Researchers who tested thousands of sediment samples from more than 500 locations in the Gulf of Mexico believe around 84... More »

This Could Be World's Most Endangered Animal

Newly identified Gulf whale species lives in single canyon

(Newser) - A new species of whale has been identified in an underwater canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists fear they won't have long to get to know it: There are only about 50 of the unique species of Bryde's whale left in waters off the Florida Panhandle,... More »

'Active Cleanup' of Gulf Spill Finally Finished

BP, Coast Guard move on

(Newser) - By now, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster may seem like a distant memory, but the Coast Guard and BP ended their "active cleanup" of the spill just two days ago. That doesn't mean that the cleanup is over, just that instead of patrolling the affected coastline, ships will... More »

Ex-BP Engineer Guilty of Hiding Spill Evidence

Jury said deleted text messages amounted to obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A former BP drilling engineer was convicted today of deleting text messages to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, making him the first former or current BP official to be found guilty in the mess. He now faces up... More »

Halliburton Admits It Destroyed BP Spill Evidence

It trashed test results related to the construction of Macondo well

(Newser) - Halliburton admits it destroyed evidence related to the construction of the notorious Macondo well that ruptured in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico and caused the biggest oil spill in US history, reports Reuters . Eleven rig workers were killed. The company will plead guilty to the charge and pay the... More »

It's Official: BP Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Judge accepts deal, despite objections from victims' families

(Newser) - Corporations are people, my friend, and that means they can commit manslaughter. After listening to testimony from relatives of the 11 workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a federal judge today approved BP's plea deal , allowing the oil giant to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges, the... More »

Oil Rig Owner to Pay $1.4B Over Gulf Spill

Transocean settles with US over Deepwater Horizon disaster

(Newser) - The Justice Department reached a $1.4 billion settlement today with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed settlement resolves the department's civil and criminal probes... More »

Gulf's Mystery Sheen Baffles BP, Coast Guard

But the once-burst well is still sealed

(Newser) - Underwater inspections conducted with robot submarines at the site of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig disaster have failed to identify the source of a persistent sheen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, officials said yesterday. It's not all bad news: The Coast Guard and BP both said... More »

US Suspends BP From Future Contracts

Temporary move cites 'lack of business integrity'

(Newser) - The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP today, citing the company's "lack of business integrity" and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The action by the Environmental Protection Agency bars BP and its affiliates from... More »

BP's $4.5B Spill Fine Is Biggest in US History

Firm pleads guilty to criminal misconduct

(Newser) - Looks like BP will need to reach deep into its pockets to pay its fine over the 2010 Gulf oil spill : a record $4.5 billion to resolve Justice Department and SEC claims, reports the New York Times . CNN reports that the biggest criminal penalty in US history was previously... More »

BP's Tab So Far in Gulf Spill: $38B

But third-quarter results better than expected

(Newser) - BP is still calculating its costs related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but the Gulf of Mexico disaster has now cost the oil giant more than $38 billion to date, Sky News reports. The firm’s third-quarter report included $59 million in payments related to the spill, but even... More »

Isaac Brings Old Oil to La. Beaches

Tar could be leftover from BP oil spill

(Newser) - The latest fallout from Hurricane Isaac: The storm caused old oil to wash up on beaches in Louisiana, and it may be from the Deepwater Horizon spill. Officials restricted fishing and are testing the tar to determine if it's from the 2010 BP spill, the AP reports. Wildlife management... More »

Feds: Engineer Deleted 200 BP Spill Texts

Kurt Mix the first to be hit with criminal charges

(Newser) - The Justice Department said today it filed the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, accusing a former BP engineer of destroying evidence. Kurt Mix was arrested on two counts of obstruction of justice, and is accused of deleting a string of 200 text... More »

Deepwater Drilling to Pass Pre-Spill Heights

Oil demand keeps drills humming in Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - It's been almost two years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and deepwater drilling is back. With a year-long moratorium over, BP and other companies are intensifying their operations in the Gulf of Mexico, and production there will soon exceed its pre-accident highs, the New York Times reports. The practice... More »

Charges Loom in Deepwater Disaster

Engineers, at least one supervisor under the gun

(Newser) - US authorities are on the verge of bringing their first criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, with several Houston-based engineers and at least one BP supervisor likely facing felonies, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The men are suspected of providing false information to regulators regarding the risks... More »

BP: Halliburton Torched Evidence in Gulf Oil Spill

And computer modeling data 'inexplicably missing'

(Newser) - Halliburton has both intentionally destroyed and conveniently lost evidence relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster , according to court documents filed by BP. “Halliburton has steadfastly refused to provide these critical testing and modeling results in discovery,” BP’s court filing says, according to CNN . “BP has now... More »

Federal Report Blames Lousy BP Decisions for Gulf Spill

Company was 'ultimately responsible' for last year's disaster

(Newser) - A key federal report lays much of the blame on BP for the worst offshore oil spill in US history and the deaths of 11 rig workers, particularly with regard to the cement seal that was put in place the day before the explosion that triggered the spill. The report,... More »

Oil Appearing Around BP Well Again

Sheen reaches across a quarter mile

(Newser) - A year after BP capped its ill-fated Macondo well, oil is once again appearing on the surface overhead. Oil blobs climbed to the surface and spread into patches 4 and 5 feet wide, the Press-Register reports. The thin sheen covered an area some 50 yards wide and a quarter-mile long.... More »

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