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On Third Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Disappearing Land and Reappearing Oil in Plaquemines Parish (PHOTOS)
While oil globs in Bay Jimmy and the occasional sheen continue to serve as chemical reminders of the Big Oozy, some of the most damaging effects of the 2010 disaster three years later are revealed by what can no longer be seen.
Bayou Blaze Still Burning, Oil Spill Creates Sheen (VIDEO)
The scorching fiyo on the bayou that started last night after a tugboat slammed into a pipeline near Lafitte continues to burn Wednesday afternoon. Officials are apparently set to let the Bayou Perot blaze run its course as they begin operations to contain and clean up oil that was spilled in the area, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Bayou Blaze: Fiery Tugboat Crash in Lafitte Leaves 1 Injured, Oil Spill Reported
A fiery collision between a tugboat and a pipeline near the Jefferson Parish town of Jean Lafitte injured the boat's captain, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 47-ft. tug Shannon E. Settoon was pushing a 154-ft. barge in Bayou Perrot about 6 p.m. Tuesday when it collided with a pipeline. The tug and barge burst into flames, but crew members were able to escape.
Oil Spill off Plaquemines Parish Under Control
The abandoned oil well off Plaquemines Parish that began leaking after being hit by a boat last week has been brought under control. Well owners Swift Energy said the flow of oil was stanched just after 3 p.m. Thursday. Wild Well Control brought the well under control after a barge carrying specialized equipment arrived. The well was shut down by Houston-based Swift Energy in 2007.
No Shame in Their Claim: Feds Uncover $300k in Bogus BP Payments
The feds ended a group of of claim for more than a dozen people this week. The U.S. Attorney's office indicted 15 people this week accused of gaming the claims system set up by BP and the federal government following the Big Oozy. The fraudulent claims for reimbursement for financial harm caused by 2010’s BP Deepwater Horizon disaster totaled more than $300,000 in damages, U.S. District Attorney Dana Boente alleged in court documents filed Thursday.
Oil Spill Cleanup Underway off Plaquemines Parish
Oil that is leaking from an abandoned wellhead off the coast of Plaquemines Parish is flowing at a rate of about 20 barrels - or 840 gallons - of oil per day, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Wellhead owner Swift Energy deployed a barge to shut in the well, but have yet to stop the flow. Well control operations are expected to begin Thursday morning.
Gulf Oil Spill Reported off Plaquemines Parish
As the trial to mete out punishement for the 2010 oil disaster plays out on Poydras, the Coast Guard is dealing with another incident out in the Gulf Wednesday. On Tuesday night, a 42-foot crewboat slammed into an inactive wellhead, causing oil, water and natural gas to leak from the structure.
BP Oil Disaster Trial Opening Arguments in 6 Tweets
While locals were transfixed with tales of bomb robots and former political kingpins going to jail, a bevy of lawyers and reporters from all over were hunkered down at the federal courthouse. BP, the feds, the state and other parties began their trial today to determine what the responsible parties have to pay for the Big Oozy. The courtroom tussle is expected to last all day, every day for months. Thanks to the wonders of Twitter and Judge Carl Barbier's embrace of technology, members of the public who can't sit through the whole thing can find out what's happening in the courtroom. Click through for the best tweets from today's opening statements:
Big Oozy on Trial
A Guide to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster's Day in Court
Barring an eleventh-hour settlement, BP is set to unleash another unchecked torrent on the Gulf Coast that will require many days to solve. This time, however, the action won't be at the bottom of the Gulf, but in federal court on Poydras St. And it might even be more gross.
BP Lawyers Hunker Down for Big Oozy Trial as Settlement Forecast Dims
BP and the feds will settle the rest of the Big Oozy blame game in the court. The British oil giant is sending signals this week that they're ready to go to trial with the U.S. government, and let a judge decide how much the company will have to pay for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The meat of the trial, set to begin Monday in federal court in New Orleans, will determine whether BP was "grossly negligent" in its operating of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
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