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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.
Transocean Admits Criminal Acts in Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Settles for $1.4 Billion
BP already acknowledged its criminality for the Big Oozy. Today, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon comes clean. Transocean agreed to enter a guilty plea to a criminal charge for the 2010 disaster, and pay $1.4 billion in settlement money to the feds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. One billion dollars worth of settlement money will go toward paying for Clean Water Act penalties. The Swiss company promised to shell out another $400,000 for settling civil and criminal penalties.
Vitter to BP: Cleanup Facts Don't Ad Up
Showing once again that he's well aware of the equal importance of perception and reality, David Vitter wrote a letter to BP today to urge the oil giant to make good on some of the post-Big Oozy promises they aired in the papers and on TV. In the letter, Louisiana's junior senator tells BP big shot Lamar McKay that the company shouldn't be hiring European contractors to do Gulf of Mexico work.
BP to Investigate New Oil Sheen in the Gulf
As any supermarket tabloid editor could tell you, sheen never goes away completely. Out above the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon, another oil sheen was spotted on the surface of the Gulf earlier in November. That means even after fixing the leaky dome, loose oil is still seeping out.
BP Banned From New Government Contracts
BP won't be doing any new business with the federal government in the coming months. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the oil giant won't be allowed to sign new contracts with the U.S. government. The temporary suspension comes as a result of a "lack of business integrity" the British company showed in the Big Oozy, according to EPA.
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