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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.

Transocean CEO says firm had safety problems before Gulf oil spill

March 19, 2013, 11:45 am

Originally posted by Simone Sebastian - Houston Chronicle - March 19, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — Swiss drilling contractor Transocean knew it had a high-potential safety problem across its company months before the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because it had  suffered four rig deaths in a span of just 92 days, the company’s chief executive officer testified Tuesday.

CEO Steve Newman said at a civil trial over the Gulf disaster in federal court in New Orleans that he sent a memo to staff in fall 2009 that said he was concerned about the increasing number of major incidents. He testified that Transocean needed to work quickly and decisively to fix the problem and “stop the fatalities.”

Gulf Oil Spill Trial Begins

February 26, 2013, 3:47 pm

Originally posted by Corey Olson - KTRH - February 26th, 2013

Nearly three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the trial is underway to determine exactly who is responsible for the disaster, and how much that responsibility will cost.  The defendants are BP, Transocean, and Halliburton. Attorney Brent Coon has handled many cases stemming from the spill and is watching this trial closely.  He tells KTRH that there is plenty of responsibility to go around. "BP owned the oil concession for drilling this oil, Transocean was the rig owner, and Halliburton made the cement that was to plug the well," he explains.  Nevertheless, BP has been the big name attached to the disaster, and if Monday's opening arguments are any indication, the other defendants want to keep it that way.  "To no surprise, most of the parties in the case, including Halliburton and Transocean, are trying to point the fingers at BP," says Coon.

Guilty: Transocean convicted in Gulf of Mexico oil spill

February 14, 2013, 10:26 am

Originally posted by Harry Weber - Houston Chronicle - February 14, 2013

NEW ORLEANS – The owner of the deep-water rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico nearly three years ago after an undersea well blew out is now the second company to be convicted of a crime stemming from the deadly disaster.

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