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BP fined for not hiring females for clean-up work

BP pays $5.4M to settle gender bias claims MiamiHerald.com Oil giant BP is paying $5.4 million to settle claims that some of its contractors refused to hire women to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read more.


Press Release: Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01), today announced that an agreement was reached to include the provisions of the RESTORE Act in the Transportation Reauthorization bill. The RESTORE Act language would require a significant portion of the fines paid by BP and the other responsible [...]

Deal tying BP fines to bill closer

Times-Picayune reports today that Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement on a two-year transportation bill that includes key components of legislation that would funnel billions of dollars in fines from the 2010 BP oil spill to the five Gulf States. It would allocate 80 percent of any [...]

Author says BP owes $192B, not $15B

Author says BP owes $192B, not $15B

Antonio Juhasz, author of "'Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill," has calculated the total cost to BP for its Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, including the loss of life, economic damages and environmental fines. He came up with $192 billion. Oops, the BP Barbies won't be [...]

Microbial Communities Shifted Dramatically After Deepwater Horizon Spill

Microbial Communities Shifted Dramatically After Deepwater Horizon Spill

Communities of microbial organisms -- species such as nematodes, protists and fungi -- on beaches along the Gulf of Mexico changed significantly following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010, research from the University of New Hampshire’s Hubbard Center for Genome Studies (HCGS) and [...]

BP fines may generate jobs

BP fines may generate jobs

Mather Economics released on Tuesday its report on the economic impact associated with wetland restoration and risk mitigation spending in the Gulf Coast Region, if the BP fine money is allowed to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 oil disaster. The study attempted to forecast employment [...]

Recruiting clean-up workers for health study

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some cleanup workers and volunteers have raised questions about their health. Yesterday, Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin,a native of Mobile, Ala., issued new TV and radio public service announcements (PSAs) inviting oil [...]

Reuters points out ‘landmine’ in BP settlement

Reuters points out ‘landmine’ in BP settlement

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.

BP oil mats are still out there

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.

Papa Bear

Papa Bear

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 [...]

House passes RESTORE ACT

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 [...]

Nola.com confirms buzz on RESTORE

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 [...]

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