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BP Sues Lawyer Over 'Phantom' Deckhands
BP has taken its campaign against paying Big Oozy settlement claims to the airwaves and Emeril. Now, the oil giant is going straight for the lawyers. The British company sued Mikal Watts Tuesday, aruging that the Texas attorney handled claims for 40,000 deckhands that did not exist.
BP-Funded Coastal Plan Big on Restoring Barrier Islands
The group of federal and state officials overseeing post-Big Oozy coastal projects issued a plan Friday to spend about $627 million on coastal restoration projects. More than half of that money, which was committed from BP's coffers following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, would be spent on restoration of barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana, according to federal documents.
BP Engineer on Trial for Deleting Texts
On Monday morning, Kurt Mix became the first person to go on trial for the Big Oozy. Those who may not remember Mix's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster drama are excused, as he remained largely offscreen in his role as a lowly drilling engineer. But the feds accuse Mix of deleting text messages and voicemails that would have been important to their investigation of the oil disaster.
BP Brings 2 New Rigs into Gulf in Midst of Big Oozy Battle
Three years removed from the Big Oozy, BP and the feds are still sifting through the oil disaster in court. But out in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant is continuing to expand. On Tuesday, the company announced that it introduced two new drilling rigs to Gulf waters, bringing its offshore fleet up to nine rigs.
BP Creates Website on 'State of the Gulf'
BP was back in court Monday to argue that they shouldn't have to pay some Big Oozy claims. Keeping with their mode of operation, a media blitz is accompanying the legal maneuvering. This time, the oil giant is publishing its own news with a new website at TheStateofTheGulf.com.
BP Oil in 2-Ton Tar Mat Buried, Then Exposed by Tropical Storms, Coast Guard Says
A tar mat that was exposed on Fourchon Beach in the wake of Tropical Storm Karen gained a ton this week, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The large area of oil, sand and water is now estimated at 4,167 pounds, or two tons. That's up from the one-ton size that was reported earlier this week. The exact size of the area won't be known until cleanup begins next week, Gulf Coast Incident Management Team spokesman, Petty Officer Michael Anderson said.
Court Orders Pause in BP's Big Oozy Payouts
After many motions and many more TV commercials, BP found some sympathetic judges on Thursday. Two out of three judges on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found merit to the oil company's argument that too many claims might be going to people who were unaffected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. As a result, the judges told the U.S. District Court to do some quick sewing to button up the potentially fraudulent claims.
Big Oozy on Trial, Part II
BP, Feds Back in Court to Argue Over Barrel Count, BOP on BOP
Remember the Top Kill? How about the Junk Shot? No, they weren't two of DJ Jubilee's many dance crazes. Instead, they combined to form one of BP's many failed attempts to cap the runaway Macondo well as it leaked millions of barrels of oil from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Former FBI Director Finds Potential Corruption in Deepwater Horizon Claims Office
Patrick Juneau is Freeh to carry on, for now. For months, BP has been alleging corruption in the office of Juneau, where claims connected to the oil company's settlement with thousands of Louisiana residents and businesses in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster are dispensed. An investigation of the claims office undertaken by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found conflicts of interest in the claims administrator's office, but cleared Juneau of wrongdoing.
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