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Big Oozy Suit Settled

Oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster will continue to pollute the Gulf for decades. However, a federal judge provided resolution for one aspect of the Big Oozy on Monday (4.04). Judge Carl Barbier gave a green light to a final settlement 20 billion dollar settlement in connection with the case.

Big Oozy Film Drops Trailer

Today, the first trailer for Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” movie was released. The film appears to be a classic 70’s style disaster flick focused on the actual blowout and the rig workers or “real heroes” involved—glossing over the months of uncontrolled oil pumping into the gulf, the economic devastation that followed, criminal negligence, or the subsequent years of environmental damage.

Crescent City Classic?

The Runner: Nic Cage's Louisiana Political Drama Reviewed

Nicholas Cage loves New Orleans. The actor has taken a few trips to OPP, built himself an illuminati-esque mausoleum in St. Louis No. 1, and shot several features in the City. The Runner is the latest addition to Cage’s NOLA love affair. Written and directed by Austin Stark, the film depicts the trial and tribulations of a disgraced Louisiana pol.

Big Dollars for Big Oozy

BP Agrees to 18.7 Billion Dollar Settlement for Deepwater Horizon

The protracted Big Oozy saga is one step closer to a legal resolution. On Thursday (7.02), the Justice Department announced that BP will pay 18.7 billion dollars to settle civil claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster including over 6.8 billion dollars to Louisiana.

Half Shelled

P&J's Sal Sunseri Talks Oyster Issues Ahead of Fest

This weekend, New Orleanians will gather to celebrate the annual Oyster Festival, but in the unofficial “Oyster Capital of America,” all is not right. Five years after the explosion of BP’s oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, New Orleanians are still reporting problems caused by the oil that flooded the Gulf of Mexico. Sal Sunseri, co-owner of P&J Oyster Co. and co-founder of the New Orleans Oyster Festival talked with NoDef about the lingering effects.

'Week of Action' Precedes Big Oozy Birthday

Tis the season for lineup rollouts. But, amidst all of the festivals roster reveal, one somber schedule was released. April 20 marks the five year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill. A week of activities is scheduled preceding the Big Oozy’s birthday.

BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Big Oozy Disaster

BP’s conduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was “grossly negligent,” U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled this morning (9.4). Barbier also ruled that Transocean and Halliburton were each “negligent.” The decision assigned 67% of responsibility for the incident to BP, 30% to Transocean, and 3% to Halliburton.

BP Wants Money Back from Claims

Even though the Supreme Court looking poised to parry BP's Big Oozy claim appeal, the British oil giant is looking at a new legal strategy to take some of its money back. In a motion filed Friday, the company asked a U.S. District Court Judge for restitution payments because of a change in the Deepwater Horizon claims process.

Study: BP Oil Slowed Fast Fish

Big Oozy oil slowed down one of the fastest fish in the Gulf, a new study shows. According to University of Miami researchers, oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster cut the ability of mahi mahi to swim by up to 37 percent. Along with impairing one of mahi mahi's key survival skills, a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology shows oil could have slowed other species of fish, as well.

Supreme Court: BP's Big Oozy Payouts Should Continue

Even though BP is trying to get the highest court in the land to weigh in on their claim appeal, the oil giant will still have to pay people who are eligible for Big Oozy losses and damages in the meantime. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the claims process set out by a 2012 settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and indviduals could continue while BP prepared their case.

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