BP oil spill

7:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Local Leaders, Environmental Groups Call For Maximum BP Fines

Plaquemines Parish President Bill Nungesser says the BP spill is still causing problems.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Environmental groups and community leaders gathered outside the Federal Building in New Orleans to mark the upcoming third anniversary of the BP oil spill. They want the oil company to pay maximum fines.

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4:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Ex-BP Engineer Accused of Deleting Voicemails

A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico faces new allegations that he also deleted voicemails from his phone.

A superseding indictment handed up Wednesday by a federal grand jury in New Orleans accuses Kurt Mix of deleting about 40 voicemails from a supervisor and roughly 15 voicemails from a BP contractor.

8:47 am
Mon March 11, 2013

From Oiled Shores to the Courtroom: NPR's Debbie Elliott on the BP Oil Spill

NPR's Debbie Elliott.
Christy Haynes NPR

Debbie Elliott is NPR’s national correspondent based in Alabama. She has covered the 2010 BP oil spill, and its aftermath, since the beginning.

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7:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

BP Could Still Settle Civil Case

Demonstrators protest the BP oil spill in Washington, DC on June 4, 2010.
Albert H. Teich Shutterstock.com

Law professor says BP could still settle civil suit.

Testimony continues in week two of the BP oil spill trial in federal court. But one legal expert says the case could still reach a settlement.

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12:00 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

BP Trial Heads Into Second Week

First week of BP trial wraps up.

BP executives are gearing up for testifying at the second week of a federal trial in New Orleans over its 2010 oil spill. Officials from the oil giant have so far blamed other companies for the disaster.

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10:09 am
Sat March 2, 2013

BP Manager Didn't See 'High Risk' in Drilling

BP's head of drilling engineering for the Gulf of Mexico at the time of the Deepwater Horizon disaster testified he didn't believe deepwater drilling was a "high-risk" activity before the 2010 blowout of the company's Macondo well.

Jonathan Sprague's March 2011 testimony is contained in a batch of documents plaintiffs' lawyers submitted Thursday to the federal judge presiding over a trial for litigation spawned by the massive Gulf oil spill.

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2:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Feds Charge 15 with Scamming BP Oil Spill Fund

Fifteen people have been charged with fraud for allegedly filing bogus claims for help after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday the phony claims were worth more than $300,000 combined.

Fourteen defendants were charged in bills of information, generally an indication that they have signed plea deals. A grand jury indicted one of them.

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4:21 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Witnesses To Take The Stand In BP Trial

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 8:44 am



It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.


And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Today, a federal judge in New Orleans hears from witnesses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A civil trial of BP opened yesterday in a case to determine blame and financial liability for the environmental disaster that was the worst disaster in U.S. history.

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7:04 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Trial Set To Start On BP's Responsibility For Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition'

There is speculation about a last minute settlement. But if that doesn't happen, a federal judge in New Orleans will today begin hearing arguments about BP's liability for the 2010 oil rig explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 men and led to one of the biggest environmental disasters in the nation's history.

At stake: Billions of dollars in potential penalties.

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7:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

BP Civil Trial Set To Begin

Civil trial set to begin over Macondo disaster.

Lawyers are gathering in New Orleans for the first part of a civil trial over BP’s oil spill three years ago in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge will decide what caused the explosion and fire that killed 11 workers.

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