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Gulf oil spill settlement back in court as BP contests interpretation of business claims

November 4, 2013, 2:48 pm

Originally posted by Michael Kunzelman - Washington Post - November 4, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill.

On Monday, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That’s because several months after U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier approved the settlement, BP started complaining that the judge and court-appointed claims administrator were misinterpreting it. The London-based oil giant is worried that it could be forced to pay billions of dollars more for bogus or inflated claims by businesses.


BP Wins Review of Challenged Payouts to Oil-Spill Victims

October 3, 2013, 9:24 am

Originally posted by Wall Street Journal -  Margaret Cronin Fisk and Jef Feeley - October 3, 2013

BP persuaded an appeals court to order a re-examination of key terms of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil-spill settlement that the company said could have cost it billions of dollars in improper payouts.

BP said the program’s administrator, Patrick Juneau, was approving millions of dollars in “fictitious” payments to businesses for economic losses based on what BP called a flawed interpretation of the agreement reached with spill victims’ lawyers in 2012.


No Surprises: BP Tries to Back Out of Their Responsibilities in the Gulf

August 13, 2013, 2:37 pm

Originally posted by Brian Young - Huffington Post - August 12, 2013

Shortly after an explosion on British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 people and spilled an estimated 210 million gallons of oil off the coast of Louisiana, the company sprung into action to protect what matters -- its public image. BP spent more than $93 million on newspaper and TV ads in the weeks immediately following the disaster, and they've since spent hundreds of millions of dollars on several rounds of media campaigns to convince the public that they care. When all is said and done, BP will likely be on the hook for tens of billions of costs related to the spill. So why the PR campaign? Their actions behind the scenes give us a hint.


Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill

July 26, 2013, 9:54 am

Originally posted by Clifford Krauss - New York Times - July 26, 2013

HOUSTON — Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

The oil services company said it would pay the maximum allowable fine of $200,000 and will be subject to three years of probation. It will also continue its cooperation in the government’s criminal investigation. Separately, Halliburton made a voluntary contribution of $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Judge delivers harsh retort to BP’s request to halt oil spill payments

July 19, 2013, 11:22 am

Originally posted by Harry Weber - Houston Chronicle - July 19, 2013

In a blistering rebuke of BP’s criticism of the administrator who is processing claims from last year’s multibillion dollar Gulf oil spill civil settlement, a federal judge Friday scolded the company for its public attacks and quickly rejected its request to halt payments to victims of the disaster.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans said BP’s personal attacks on claims administrator Patrick Juneau have been “offensive,” and he especially noted that he didn’t care for comments the chief executive of the company, Bob Dudley, made on CNBC on Thursday. Dudley said the settlement had been “hijacked” by the administrator’s office.


Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

July 19, 2013, 10:48 am

Originally posted by Michael Kunzelman (AP) - Houston Chronicle - July 19, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday after BP attorneys argued that payments should be suspended while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.


Alabamans should claim more BP spill money - state official

June 10, 2013, 9:56 am

Originally posted by Verna Gates - Reuters - June 5th, 2013

(Reuters) - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said the $500 million paid by BP Plc in compensation in the state for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was just the "tip of the iceberg" and called for more claims, believing Alabama had not received a fair share of the $3 billion in total payouts so far.


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.


The Deepwater Horizon Trial: A Headache for Obama?

May 1, 2013, 1:43 pm

Originally posted by Bruce Thompson - American Thinker - April 27, 2013

 

Just over three years after the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon, Halliburton has finally decided to face the music and increase its reserves for payment of civil damages by $1 billion.

 

 

Things did not go well for them in the seven weeks of testimony just concluded in federal court in New Orleans.  They were caught hiding samples of the exact cement mixture that failed, which they had been ordered by the court to preserve.  They had to admit that the cement formulation used "had a low probability of success."


Empty nets in Louisiana three years after the spill

May 1, 2013, 11:04 am

Originally posted by Matt Smith - CNN - April 29, 2013

Yscloskey, Louisiana (CNN) -- On his dock along the banks of Bayou Yscloskey, Darren Stander makes the pelicans dance.

More than a dozen of the birds have landed or hopped onto the dock, where Stander takes in crabs and oysters from the fishermen who work the bayou and Lake Borgne at its mouth. The pelicans rock back and forth, beaks rising and falling, as he waves a bait fish over their heads.



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