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Big Oozy Blues Redux


It’s starting to feel like Spring 2010 in Louisiana. And, not in that positive, Saints-championship-afterglow way. Skimmers have been dispatched to the Gulf. Underwater robots are probing oil leaks. On Friday (5.13), new details continued to emerge about a nearly 90,000 gallon oil spill from a Shell pipeline.


Platform for Prosecution: Charges Announced For 2012 Rig Disaster


Cleaning up oil spills in the Gulf takes some serious time. Apparently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) also moves at a protracted pace when it comes to leveling criminal charges in relation to these disasters. Still, there ultimately is some action. On Thursday (11.20), the DOJ charged three companies and three individuals in connection with a November 2012 oil rig accident that resulted in the deaths of three men and a spill in the Gulf.


Brine Crime: Judge Sentences Breton Sound Platform Polluters


Even corporations must answer to the law. X-Plor Energy SPV-1, Inc. an Oklahoma company based in Texas dumped waste product into the Breton Sound area for two years. On Wednesday (3.05), the company was handed a stiff penalty for polluting the Gulf.


NOLA in the News: Odell Beckham Jr., Stuart Smith


A pair of New Orleanians garnered some serious press over the past few days. Newman’s Odell Beckham Jr. is in England promoting the NFL and learning a little about what the Europeans call “proper football”. Stuart Smith is promoting a book about the abuses of oil companies on public television.


BP Eyes Supreme Court for Oil Disaster Claims


They've taken out full-page ads in the New York Times and aired their case on 60 Minutes. Now, BP is taking their Big Oozy claim appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Officials with the British oil giant said Wednesday that they plan take their request to review the claims process laid out by a 2012 settlement agreement in the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster case.


Blackout Forces Shut-In on Oil-and-Gas Boat


A power outage forced work to stop at an offshore oil-and-gas facility in the Gulf of Mexico Friday. According to the feds, power went out on the 530-foot production boat at about 1:45 p.m. on the the Helix Producer 1, which is currently located about 100 miles southwest of Houma.


Miss. River Reopened in NOLA, Oil Spill Response Continues


Updated 3:30 p.m.

The Mississippi River was reopened to vessel traffic Monday around New Orleans, but remained closed upriver as crews continued cleanup work following a barge collision and oil spill near Vacherie. U.S. Coast Guard officials said about 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled from the barge after it crashed into another vessel Saturday afternoon.


Crews Lose Control of Gulf Natural Gas Well


Crews lost control of a natural gas well while drilling from a rig in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. government. The rig, located about 100 miles southwest of Lafayette, is operated by Metairie-based EnVen Energy Ventures. No injuries were reported, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.


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 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.


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