NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department has agreed to turn over at least 100 scientific documents in response to BP PLC's claims that the federal government may have overestimated the amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from the company's Macondo well. In a court filing Wednesday, Justice Department attorneys also vow to work with BP to resolve their dispute over the company's assertion that the government improperly withheld thousands of similar documents. Last month, BP asked a magistrate to order the government to
A rig worker has pleaded guilty in federal court to ordering his crew to falsify test results on a faulty blow-out preventer in the Gulf of Mexico. It occurred before and after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
BP has won a ruling that bars some references to earlier accidents from a trial over its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal judge hearing the case feared opening a “trial within a trial.”
The Greater New Orleans Inc. says a survey of small and mid-sized companies shows they’re still suffering from the 2010 off-shore drilling moratorium enacted after the BP oil spill. Business and political leaders are calling on Washington for help.
A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled BP is primarily responsible for damage caused by the oil spill in 2010. But, Eileen Fleming reports, the owner of the drilling rig that blew up could still have to pay punitive damages and civil penalties.
The Interior Department is reviewing more than $700 million dollars in bids to drill in the western Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the major bids in the first sale since the BP oil spill last year, and then visited a business still reeling from the spill.
The Interior Department has conducted the first sale of leases on drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP spill last year. It comes after environmental groups failed to block the sale.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar traveled to New Orleans to announce bids on leases for the western Gulf off Texas. He says deepwater drilling is now safer than it was before the BP well exploded, spilling more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.