December 16, 2017

How BP’s $18.7-billion oil-spill settlement could help the Gulf of Mexico : Nature News & Comment

Oil company BP agreed on 2 July to pay US$18.7 billion to settle civil lawsuits over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. An estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf during the months-long crisis, the largest marine spill in US history. The payment will add to $14 billion that BP said it had already paid in claims, advances and settlements related to the spill. Donald Boesch, a marine scientist and president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Cambridge, spoke to Nature about BP’s settlement and what it will mean for restoration efforts…

APNewsBreak: California oil spill cleanup costs $69 million – US News

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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The cost of cleaning up last month’s oil spill on the California coast has reached $69 million so far. Plains All American Pipeline’s on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the costs are running at $3 million a day, and there’s no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete. About 76 percent of 97 miles of coastline — mostly sandy beaches — have been cleared of oil. Crews are using tools to scrape oil off rocks and cobble beaches. The May 19 spill occurred after an onshore pipeline operated by Texas-based…

Jury Acquits Ex-BP Exec Of Lying In Oil Spill : NPR

More than two years ago, Justice Department officials held a news conference to unveil criminal charges against BP and several executives in connection with the largest oil spill in U.S. history. But the Department of Justice task force created to hold the company and responsible individuals to account has a track record that’s spotty at best. On Friday, a federal jury in New Orleans acquitted the highest-ranking BP executive charged in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, after just five days of trial. The verdict for David Rainey, the company’s former head of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico,…

Fisherman Sues Pipeline Owner Over Santa Barbara Oil Spill – ABC News

A commercial fisherman sued the owner of the oil pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast, alleging the environmental disaster would cause decades of harm to the shore and hurt many businesses. Stace Cheverez said in the suit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court that Plains All American Pipeline has a poor safety record and didn’t have proper equipment to prevent a spill, such as valves that automatically would have shut down the pipeline if there was a leak. The suit alleging negligence and liability under state and federal laws does not specify…

Federal government orders pipeline company to clean California oil spill – Yahoo News

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By Steve Gorman and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific Ocean. The order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard also requires Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline to submit a written plan by June 6 that will outline measures for analyzing the spill’s effects on the environment. The May 19 spill dumped as much as 2,400…