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Victims say they have no recourse as BP ends internal claims program

July 14, 2014, 9:46 am

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion devastated the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 and gushing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the water, the company found responsible has shut down an internal claims program utilized by small business owners, injured rig workers and even casino companies affected by the disaster.


Supreme Court: BP must pay oil spill claims during appeal

June 10, 2014, 3:53 pm

Originally posted by Janet McConnaughey - Associated Press - June 9, 2014

 

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.

The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments while BP PLC appeals lower court rulings that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.


BP Rejected by Supreme Court on Gulf Payments Reprieve

June 9, 2014, 11:08 am

Originally posted by Greg Stohr - Bollomberg - June 9, 2014

BP Plc (BP/) must pay potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in claims after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt disputed payments stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Rejecting a request from BP, the justices today said they wouldn’t put a hold on lower court rulings that require the oil company to begin making the payments, part of a $9.2 billion accord.


Lawyers ask Scalia to throw out BP’s bid to stall spill payments

June 2, 2014, 4:51 pm

Originally posted by Collin Eaton - Houston Chronicle - June 2nd, 2014

HOUSTON – Plaintiffs’ attorneys on Monday called BP’s latest attempt to suspend some oil spill payments “buyer’s remorse” for its multibillion-dollar settlement and argued the oil company’s claims of fraud are bogus.

In a court filing on Monday, Louisiana attorneys asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to throw out the oil company’s request to restore a freeze on payments to thousands of businesses that  say the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster wrecked the coastal economy and inflicted financial harm on them.


BP Loses Bid to Stall Spill Payments During Appeal

May 27, 2014, 3:54 pm

Originally posted by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Calkins - Bloomberg News - May 27th, 2014

BP Plc (BP/) can’t delay writing checks for hundreds of millions of dollars in damage claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review disputed payments in its $9.2 billion accord over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The U.S. Court of Appeals (1007L:US) in New Orleans today rejected BP’s request to extend a halt on payments to businesses that can’t directly prove they were damaged by the spill while the company seeks review by the Supreme Court.


Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not

May 21, 2014, 10:22 am

Originally posted by Richard Thompson - New Orleans Advocate - May 21, 2014

 

Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled payments of certain claims can resume.

Other experts, though, say the ongoing legal challenges by BP must finish working their way through the courts first.


Appeals court won't rehear BP settlement issue

May 19, 2014, 7:22 pm

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.


The truth behind the spin: What BP doesn’t want you to know about the Gulf oil spill

May 5, 2014, 1:22 pm

Originally posted by Lindsay Abrams - Salon.com - May 4, 2014

The best time to find tarballs on Louisiana’s shorelines is directly after a thunderstorm, when the waves churn up the oil carpeting the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and deposit its weathered remnants onto the beach.

That’s according to Jonathan Henderson, and he should know – he’s been tracking tar for four years now, ever since the day, back in April 2010, when he took his first flight over the Gulf of Mexico to survey the plume of oil shooting out from BP’s Macondo Prospect.


How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

April 28, 2014, 10:38 am

Originally posted by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz - New York Times - April 26, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — Four years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 men, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and staining, seemingly indelibly, the image of BP, the international energy giant responsible for the well.

Its reputation in free fall, the company set aside billions of dollars and saturated the airwaves with contrite pledges to make thousands of businesses and workers whole, from shrimpers to hotel owners to charter boat operators.


Dear 5th Circuit, BP has had its day in court

April 15, 2014, 2:36 pm

Originally posted by Tom Young - The Legal Examiner - April 7, 2014

It has been over two years since BP “agreed” to a 1,000+ page Settlement Agreement negotiated and drafted by the company’s tony Manhattan attorneys. It’s high time to enforce it.

Delay, Deny, Defend

This Settlement Agreement – a Contract – promised to objectively determine who was harmed by BP’s negligence, putting an end to the disastrously subjective Gulf Coast Claims Facility in favor of a Court Supervised Settlement Program. Instead, through BP’s legal machinations and public relations stunts, the claims administration process has ground to a halt, with no business economic loss claims being paid in over six months and no end to the payment prohibition in sight.



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Oil Spill A/V (Audio/Video)

Brent Coon Radio Interview with INYR: Brent Coon on BP, how it has dealt with disasters in the past and on the latest developments with BP claims settlements.

BP Pays PR Trolls To Threaten Online Critics: Abby Martin speaks with investigative journalist Dahr Jamail, who has uncovered BP's online scheme to silence critics of their Gulf of Mexico

The Fighter and The Prince by the Old Guys - A song in honor and recognition of those workers who have been blacklisted or lost their lives working for BP.

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Explosion on Refinery Mexico - Explosion Angle #2

Grand Isle Mayor, David Camardelle, explains life on the small tourist destination since the 2010 BP Oil Spill

Airplanes "Parody" BP Oil Spill

Aliens From the Deep Check out the Oil Spill

Mr. BP Man

BP Settlement Claims Lawyer HelpBCA's Request For Representation

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If you’ve suffered as a result of the BP Oil Spill and can qualify for the DWH Class Settlement, you can still submit a claim a secure a financial recovery.

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Evidence Release

AUDIO - Oral Argument - Brent Coon In Re: Deepwater Horizon - Nov 4th

BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill Trial Materials
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A Study of the Economic Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Part One - Fisheries
Prepared by IEM

A Study of the Economic Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Part Two - Moratoria
Prepared by IEM

Plantiff's Memorandum in Response to the Court's Order of Sept 1st regarding the effect of the B1 Order on Other Claims (9/12/11)

GCCF Reports "Successes?"

While GCCF Reports "Successes" - State and Local governments strongly disagree, file major law suit.

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BP Not in Compliance

In 2009, OSHA and the Department of Labor found that BP was not in compliance with the original 2005 plea agreement put in effect after the Texas City Explosion. This document details OSHA's findings.

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BP's Refusal to Share Internal Documents

This letter from Transocean attorneys to BP documents BP’s refusal to share internal documents and data to assist all parties in the investigative process.

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Lessons Not Learned

At press conferences in the U.S. and overseas, BP spokespersons repeatedly say how “much they’ll learn.” This catchphrase also permeated their media messages five years ago in Texas City. The only problem is….they didn’t learn. And as they say it all again, history is destined to repeat itself until they actually do it.

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Lessons Learned - Broadribb - CCPS Conference
TCR Explosion- The Lessons Learned (Mogford speech in Orlando)
Fact_Sheet- BP_2009 Monitoring Inspection

The Cost of Human Life

When BP and Amoco merged, there were differences in each companies Risk Management Guidelines.  Of particular note, BP was not only willing, but “embraced the policy” of assigning a monetary value on the worth of human life for cost benefit analysis purposes. 

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The "Aircraft Carrier"

BP’s own personnel saying on March 23rd 2005 in a Texas refinery survey that if BP Texas City were an aircraft carrier, they’d be “at the bottom of the ocean” – hours later the refinery exploded and ironically, five years later, they ARE at the bottom of the ocean

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The "Schiavo" Document

An example of BP’s PR machine going into action less than three hours after the BP Texas City plant erupted in fire, saying that they thought the entire incident would be able to just "go away; due to the holiday weekend" and noting that Terry Schiavo was a big enough media issue to mask the tragedy.

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The "Schiavo" Document

Research and Stats

Distribution and concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons associated with the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico

DRAFT INITIAL
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN:

Restoring the Gulf Coast’s
Ecosystem and Economy
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
May 2013

GULF COAST ECOSYSTEM
RESTORATION COUNCIL

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment
for the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan:
Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy

Florida Attorney General's Memo to BP

Economic Statistics of the BP Oil Spill
A Fact Sheet Provided by dpc.senate.gov

2010 Gulf Shrimp Landings Report
National Marine Fisheries Service

2010-2011 Texas Commercial Fishing Guide
Provided By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Visit Florida Tourism Stats
Provided by VisitFlorida.com

Potential Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill on Tourism
Provided by Oxford Economics

 

Environmental News

Gulf Oil Spill "Not Over": Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

April 11, 2014, 9:13 am

Originally posted by Christine Dell'Amore - National Geographic - April 8, 2014

Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released today.

In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are dying in record numbers, and the evidence is stronger than ever that their demise is connected to the spill, according to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, which issued the report. (See "Gulf Oil Spill: One Year Later.")


25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

March 26, 2014, 11:42 am

Originally posted by Greg Palast - truthdig.com - March 23, 2014

Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit that a drunken captain was the principal cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster, the oil tanker crackup that poisoned over a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline 25 years ago on March 24, 1989.

The truth is far uglier, and the real culprit—British Petroleum, now BP—got away without a scratch to its reputation or to its pocketbook.


Study finds Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused heart defects in young tuna, amberjack

March 25, 2014, 8:39 am

Originally posted by Craig Pittman - Tampa Bay Times - March 24, 2014

Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of amberjack, bluefin and yellowfin tunas, federal scientists announced Monday.

Those heart defects likely mean an early death for those fish exposed to the oil, although what the further implications might be for the future of the species are unknown at this point. Bluefin tuna in particular are already a species in jeopardy, in part due to the demand from sushi restaurants.


Dolphin Illnesses Linked to Gulf Oil Spill

January 3, 2014, 1:18 pm

Dolphins living in an area heavily impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill show higher incidences of lung disease, hormonal abnormalities, and other health effects, a new study finds.


Australia Exposes Health Catastrophe of BP Oil Spill

August 22, 2013, 9:26 am

Australia’s 60 Minutes television program aired a two-part exposé called “Crude Solution” this month, detailing the health effects that BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had on residents of the United States’ Gulf Coast, and how the same dispersants used by BP are still being used in Australia. Specifically, “Crude Solution” focuses on the devastating effects of the chemical dispersants Corexit 9500A and 9527A.


A Deadly Paradox: Scientists Discover the Agent Used in Gulf Spill Cleanup Is Destroying Marine Life

June 13, 2013, 8:58 am

Originally posted by David Kirby - Take Part - April 25, 2013

Three years ago, when BP’s Deepwater Horizon began leaking some 210 million gallons of Louisiana Crude into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. government allowed the company to apply chemical “dispersants” to the blossoming oil slick to prevent toxic gunk from reaching the fragile bays, beaches, and mangroves of the coast, where so much marine life originates. But a number of recent studies show that BP and the feds may have made a huge mistake, for which everything from microscopic organisms to bottlenose dolphins are now paying the highest price.


Texas joins other Gulf states in suing BP for environmental damage

May 17, 2013, 3:44 pm

Originally posted by Harry Weber - Houston Chronicle - May 17, 2013

Texas on Friday joined other Gulf Coast  states suing BP for environmental damage caused by the 2010  oil spill.

Texas’ suit seeks natural resources damages, economic damages and civil penalties. Louisiana and Alabama sued initially, while Florida and Mississippi sued last month around the three-year anniversary of the disaster.


Spill deal leaves matters unsettled for some

August 20, 2012, 11:57 am

Danny Hatcher had more questions than answers after he got a letter explaining proposed compensation for persistent respiratory problems and fatigue he attributes to working on a cleanup crew after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

 


Previously unreleased photographs show impact of BP oil on endangered sea turtles

May 7, 2012, 9:21 am

Previously unreleased photographs from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico show boxes and bags full of oil-covered and dead endangered sea turtles and a group of sperm whales swimming through an oil sheen.


Spilled BP oil lingers on Louisiana coast

April 26, 2012, 9:13 am

When a team of scientists from the National Wildlife Federation recently visited a marshy patch along the northern edge of Bay Jimmy in Plaquemines Parish, high winds forced them to beach their boat on the isle's protected side and walk across cordgrass to the Gulf-facing shoreline in search of oil. They didn't have to search long.



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