‘BP Disaster’ Archives
In its analysis of BP's settlement agreement with plaintiffs over economic and property damages---estimated value $7.8 billion, Reuters points that BP has the right to terminate the deal if the total of opt-outs "exceeds a number agreed to by the parties." Read more.
From Gulf Coast News Today: "A dredge contractor working for the Army Corps of Engineers hit a submerged oil matt Saturday morning causing a strong odor and oily sheen in the area of Outcast Marina, a city official said." Read more.
My latest column for Florida Voices is up: Remembering Papa Bear Thursday, April 19, 2012 — Rick Outzen On April 20, I will be thinking about Blair Manuel and his three daughters. Blair was one of the 11 men killed on that day two years in the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, a floating [...]
The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which included provisions of the RESTORE Act. Congressmen Jeff Miller (R-FL-01), along with Steve Scalise (R-LA-01), Jo Bonner (R-AL-01) Steve Palazzo (R-MS-04), Jeff Landry (R-LA-03), Pete Olson [...]
BP Gulf oil spill fine money tied to transportation bill NOLA.com Mary Landrieu, D-La., who led efforts to pass the RESTORE Act in the Senate, was encouraged by the House decision to include language creating a trust fund for the 80 percent of BP fines that would be targeted to the five Gulf [...]
After spotting a sheen in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, a federal agency has required to Royal Dutch Shell to send down a remote submersible to check the sea floor for leaking wells or natural seepage. “The source has not been identified,” said Eileen Angelico, a public affairs officer with [...]
Senator Bill Nelson checked in with local political and community leaders this morning in Pensacola, spending most of the meeting discussing the RESTORE Act. The Florida senator said that the effort to keep 80 percent of fine money resulting from BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf Coast region had [...]
There have been several legal filings lately regarding the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP wants evidence from the feds. An ex-NASA engineer wants money. And the region’s Asian American population doesn’t want to be discriminated against. Last week in a filing in U.S. district court [...]
The RESTORE Act is adrift again. While lawmakers had attach the act to a failed transportation bill, the House this week decided to pass a temporary transportation bill sans RESTORE. Introduced last year, the act was drafted in an effort to direct fine money resulting from BP’s Gulf of Mexico [...]
For nearly a week, workers have scrambled to stop a gas leak at a drilling platform in the North Sea’s Elgin field. The scene has similarities to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “It’s a similar situation in that it’s not something that can easily be controlled,” said Jackie [...]
Check out my latest column for Florida Voices. Please tweet and "like" it on Facebook. Thanks http://www.floridavoices.com/columns/rick-outzen/bp-settles-pardon-my-laughter BP Settles? Pardon My Laughter By Rick Outzen Florida Voices BP says its proposed $7.8 billion settlement will [...]
What was the impact of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Escambia County? How did it impact residents and businesses? What were the losses, both tangible and emotional? Kelcey Killingsworth, a graduate student at the University of Florida, wants to know. As part of her dissertation, the grad [...]