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# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 13 July, 2019

Millions of US residents braced as Storm Barry nears hurricane strength as it approaches coast

Forecasters predict heavy rains, a potential storm surge and flooding reminiscent of 2005′s Hurricane Katrina.

# gulf-of-mexico - Friday 2 June, 2017

From The42 Martin O'Neill takes positives from Mexico defeat in New York Gulf Of Mexico

Martin O'Neill takes positives from Mexico defeat in New York

The Ireland boss said the game was ‘excellent preparation’ for Austria.

# gulf-of-mexico - Tuesday 11 October, 2016

BP boss "a little saddened" by movie about Deepwater Horizon disaster

The explosive Hollywood movie looked at the disaster which killed 11 men in 2010.

# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Incredible photos of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Daniel Beltra spent 28 days shooting at the scene of the largest accidental oil spill in the history of the industry.

# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 11 January, 2014

US court upholds BP settlement for Gulf oil spill

The British energy giant reached a $7.8 billion settlement in 2012

# gulf-of-mexico - Monday 11 November, 2013

Column: An oil spill in America provoked outrage, but other victims are more easily ignored

People in the oil-producing areas of the Niger Delta have suffered thousands of oil spills – which have ruined livelihoods, public health and the environment. Why are they not being listened to? Because oil companies control information about the spills.

# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Pics: Two shipwrecks found deep in the Gulf of Mexico

Items such as ceramic cups and dishes, clothing and artifacts from Britain and Mexico were found on board the ships.

# gulf-of-mexico - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Transocean fined $1.4 billion over Deepwater Horizon

The Swiss-based company will pay a mix of criminal penalties and civil fines after settling with the US Government.

# gulf-of-mexico - Sunday 18 November, 2012

One body found near oil rig in Gulf of Mexico after explosion

Two workers have been missing since the explosion and fire on the oil rig on Friday.

# gulf-of-mexico - Thursday 15 November, 2012

BP agrees €3.52 billion settlement over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

The settlement includes about €1 billion in criminal fines – the biggest criminal penalty in US history.

# gulf-of-mexico - Tuesday 28 August, 2012

Hurricane Isaac strengthens while approaching US coast Isaac This post contains videos

Hurricane Isaac strengthens while approaching US coast

President Obama has called on residents in the storm’s projected path to heed the warnings, saying: “Now’s not the time to tempt fate.”

# gulf-of-mexico - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

Former BP worker arrested for allegedly deleting iPhone evidence

Engineer who worked on the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been accused of deleting messages relating to

# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 3 March, 2012

BP agrees $7.8bn compensation for Gulf of Mexico oil spill Deepwater Horizon This post contains videos

BP agrees $7.8bn compensation for Gulf of Mexico oil spill

The company will make settlements with more than 100,000 people hit by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

# gulf-of-mexico - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

BP reports gains despite payments after Gulf spill BP

BP reports gains despite payments after Gulf spill

The company reports that it has raised its quarterly dividend by 14 per cent, even after making payments to compensate for the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 31 December, 2011

Drilling thrives 18 months after BP oil spill Oil

Drilling thrives 18 months after BP oil spill

The first new drilling began in the region in March of this year – and is thriving even after the disastrous BP oil spill.

# gulf-of-mexico - Tuesday 25 October, 2011

BP sees huge Q3 profits, announces 'turning point' BP

BP sees huge Q3 profits, announces 'turning point'

The oil giant’s chief executive has said Q3 results mark a turnaround from the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

# gulf-of-mexico - Monday 17 October, 2011

$4 billion paid to BP over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Anadarko Petroleum Co has agreed to pay $4 billion to BP PLC as part of a settlement related to last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

# gulf-of-mexico - Thursday 13 October, 2011

BP and contractors face $45million fine over Deepwater Horizon spill

The three companies could be fined up to $35,000 per day – but that figure is reportedly dwarfed by their profits.

# gulf-of-mexico - Tuesday 16 August, 2011

Second leak discovered as North Sea oil spill is the 'worst for a decade'

The oil spill from a Shell platform is estimated to be the worst in ten years in the North Sea.

# gulf-of-mexico - Thursday 14 April, 2011

BP faces protests at shareholder meeting BP

BP faces protests at shareholder meeting

BP will face protests at a shareholder meeting in London today, as fishermen complain of poor compensation for the oil spill and investors condemn excessive executive pay packets.

# gulf-of-mexico - Thursday 6 January, 2011

BP Gulf oil spill blamed on bad management

US National Commission investigating April’s Deepwater Horizon rig explosion heavily criticises the companies involved in the rig.

# gulf-of-mexico - Friday 29 October, 2010

BP knew cement used on Deepwater Horizon well was faulty USA

BP knew cement used on Deepwater Horizon well was faulty

Investigators say BP and the company which produced supplied the cement knew that the compound was unstable and could be vulnerable before the rig blew up.

# gulf-of-mexico - Monday 20 September, 2010

Gulf oil spill well declared 'dead' by BP

Oil giant sees share price rise after announcement.

# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 18 September, 2010

BP leak ready to be sealed permanently

After five months, the leak into the Gulf of Mexico could at last stop today.

# gulf-of-mexico - Sunday 5 September, 2010

137 DAYS after the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil well, BP has announced it has sealed off the Maconda oil well for good. The company had stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in early August, but only completed cementing the leak overnight. BP will now inspect the failed ‘blow-out preventer’ to examine why the explosion happened at all.

# gulf-of-mexico - Thursday 2 September, 2010

Another oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico Breaking News

Another oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico

Coastguard says 13 employees were blown into the water, and the rig is now leaking oil.

# gulf-of-mexico - Monday 30 August, 2010

Obama laments “man-made catastrophe” of Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina

Obama laments “man-made catastrophe” of Hurricane Katrina

President tells New Orleans that the legacy of Katrina must be one “of action” but stops short of admonishing BP.

# gulf-of-mexico - Friday 13 August, 2010

BP HAS AGREED to pay a record $50.6m (€39.3m) fine for failing to impose the correct safety standards at a plant in Texas where 15 people were killed after an explosion in 2005.

The United States’ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the penalty “rightly reflects BP’s disregard for workplace safety” and hopes to collect another $30m (€23.3m) in fines from BP relating to the incident.

The fine is the largest ever given out by the United States to an employer for violation of safety practices, and follows a similar fine of $21.5m levied for the same incident in 2005.

The fines are dwarfed, however, by the $500m BP has agreed to spend on fixing safety problems at the refinery, and the $373m it paid in 2007 to settle criminal and civil charges in respect of the explosion.

All of the above, however, will be massively superseded by the fines that the company will face as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this year.

Its fines for that spill will range from a minimum of $1,100 (€836) to a maximum $4,300 (€3,269) per barrel spilled, depending on the level of negligence shown by BP – meaning the company could be fined as much as $21 billion as a result.

The American government has agreed, meanwhile, to accept BP’s revenues as collateral for its contributions to the fines, having originally demanded been reluctant to do so in case it ended up having to repossess the oil well that had caused such ecological damage.

BP will also likely face massive fines after it was found that warning alarms on the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded killing 11 people and triggering the Gulf spill, had been turned off so as to allow employees sleep through the night.

# gulf-of-mexico - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

BP SAYS ITS much-ancitipated ‘static kill’ operation intended to seal the leak at the Gulf of Mexico oil well has been successful – meaning it can now press ahead with pouring cement on the leak and sealing it for good.

The procedure saw engineers pour huge quantities of thick, heavy mud onto the site of the leak of the underground Maconda well, which sprang after an explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20.

The mud has now reached a “static condition”, with the oil pressure being controlled exactly as engineers had hoped. BP has called the news a “significant milestone“.

While the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico itself had been stopped for two weeks after BP fitted a containment cap – manufactured by Cameron International in Longford – to the leak, the new procedure has halted oil flow from the well entirely.

In a statement, BP said that the construction of a relief well was the ultimate final course of action, and construction of the first well – which began in May – is scheduled for completion within two weeks.

Once the relief wells have been completed, engineers will simply need to pour cement over the site of the explosion to seal the damage for good.

In a separate development, a new US government survey has determined that only 26% of the oil released from the spill is still present in a thick-enough slick to cause any problems.

Most of the oil seeped by the well, it said, is either present merely in a light coat on the ocean’s surface or in smaller chunks below the surface. In both cases, oil collections are being rapidly broken down.

# gulf-of-mexico - Sunday 25 July, 2010

THE BOARD OF BP meets tomorrow to discuss the firm’s second-quarter results – but is expected to spend most of its meeting debating whether to retain Tony Hayward as chief executive.

A source close to the board told Reuters the meeting would focus “on the timing of Hayward’s departure, rather than whether or not he would stay with the company.”

Hayward has become the public figure for BP’s error-prone efforts to repair the damage caused by the April 20 explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed eleven and kickstarted a 13-week leak into the Gulf of Mexico.

Having essentially plugged the rupture in the underground Maconda oil well, BP this week begins its efforts to repair the environmental damage caused by the spill.

Initial efforts to address the environmental disaster – described as the worst in the country’s history – and to permanently seal the leak were held up by the presence of Tropical Storm Bonnie, which has since moved away to the Mexican coast.

The size of fleet – which comprises 5,600 vessels, making the fleet the largest assembled since the Allied landings on Normandy – has sparked concerns that the size of the effort will itself cause more harm than good.

An administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency conceded that “absolutely nothing you do to respond to an oil spill is without impacts of its own,” while a fisheries scientist from the Louisiana State University said one craft, the ‘A Whale’ which sucks up 20 million gallons of water a day, and filters out the oil – “will suck in a lot of biology.”

# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 24 July, 2010

A TECHNICIAN who worked on BP’s ‘Deepwater Horizon’ oil rig says some safety alarms were turned off the day the rig caught fire and exploded, causing the oil leak that destroyed the Gulf of Mexico.

The alarms on the rig were commonly set to “inhibited”, he said, so that the crew could sleep through the night without being woken up by emergency lights and sirens.

Mike Williams told investigators that the rig’s operators “did not want people woke up at 3am from false alarms.”

While it can’t be known whether the alarms could have saved the lives of the 11 people killed when the explosion took place, the investigators believe a functioning alarm would have assisted efforts to evacuate the rig.

Transocean, the company which leased the rig to BP, said workers were permitted to stop alarms from going off “when one of the hundreds of local alarms activates for what could be a minor issue or a non-emergency.”

It insisted that the practice “was not a safety oversight or done as a matter of convenience.”

Williams told the six-man panel investigating the oil spill that he had survived the pre-explosion fire by jumping from the rig.

The developments came days after a BP manager who had been on board the rig shortly before the blast that Halliburton, acting as a contractor on the oil well, had warned that the blowout preventer – which failed when the explosion occured – could have been faulty.

# gulf-of-mexico - Friday 23 July, 2010

1. BP’s CEO said he wanted his life back – after 11 people died on the rig

BP’s CEO Tony Hayward apologised for the “disruption” the oil spill had caused to the lives of people living along the Gulf coast. Then he explained that he wanted the whole thing over because, he said, “I’d like my life back.”

2. And then he went on holidays

Tony Hayward enjoyed some nice oil-free waters when taking part in a yacht race off the coast of southern England last month. A BP spokesperson said he was taking a break from overseeing BP’s efforts to stem the leak, before the leak was actually stemmed.

3. It got creative with photos of its clean-up efforts

BP released edited photos which seemed to show the hectic efforts being made in BP HQ to plug the leak. Turns out three of the screens in the crisis command centre were not actually running any video feeds at the time.

4. It turned the alarms off just before the accident

The alarm system on the Deepwater Horizon was partially shut down on the day the rig exploded, according to an electronics technician who worked on the rig. Speaking to an investigative panel in the US, the technician said that the company didn’t want a false alarm waking people up at night.

5. It got caught up in the Lockerbie bombing.

BP has been trying to dissociate itself from any suggestions that it influenced Scotland’s decision to release the Lockerbie bomber. The company admitted to lobbying the UK government over a Libya prisoner transfer deal, but said it did not specifically push for al-Megrahi’s release.

# gulf-of-mexico - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

HOT ON THE HEELS of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and allegations of striking a deal to free a convicted mass murderer, BP has managed to execute yet another spectacular PR blunder.

Amidst global conern about the millions of gallons of oil pumping in to the Gulf of Mexico, BP established a “Response in Pictures” page on its website, to prove to the public just how hard it’s been working to solve the problem.

Unfortunately for BP, its marketing department is about as good at Photoshop as its engineers are at plugging underwater oil wells.

On closer inspection of the photographs purportedly featuring the hectic efforts in BP HQ to plug the leak, a US blog picked up on the tell-tale signs of an amateur graphics editor at work.

When confronted by the Washington Post, BP issued a statement, explaining that the photographer working for the company had “pasted three ROV screen images in the original photo over three screens that were not running video feeds at the time.”

The statement didn’t elaborate on the reasons why three screens in the crisis command centre – that were supposed to be monitoring the largest oils spill in US history – were blank.

BP has since replaced the altered photo with the original.

# gulf-of-mexico - Monday 19 July, 2010

BP ENGINEERS monitoring the oil spill have detected methane seeping into the ocean floor – suggesting that there are problems with the new cap applied to the site of the spill last week.

The presence of methane suggests that there may be a fresh spring of oil leaking out nearby.

Late last night the US government official in charge of the repair works, Thad Allen, wrote to BP demanding that it outline plans on how to reopen the newly-installed cap so as to full oil to the surface.

BP suggests that the process would take three days, however, but has declined to officially comment.

As we reported yesterday, there had been concerns when the Longford-made cap was installed that the pressure levels in the underground Maconda oil well were lower than anticipated.

The low pressure meant that either BP had over-estimated the total quantity of the Maconda well, under-estimated the quantity of oil being leaked through it, 0r the complete plugging of the leak has caused another minor one to spring elsewhere.

It would now appear that the latter possibility has been feared true, orl that the cap itself is not fully halting the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The events are undoubtedly cause for concern for American leaders and will be a topic of conversation when Barack Obama meets British prime minister David Cameron in Washington on Tuesday.

# gulf-of-mexico - Saturday 17 July, 2010

BP HAS CONFIRMED that the new cap at the site of the Gulf oil leak is working, but admits it’s worried about the low level of pressure being recorded in the oil well. The low pressure suggests either another minor leak, or that the original leak was bigger than first thought.

# gulf-of-mexico - Friday 16 July, 2010

BP HAS CONFIRMED that the Longford-manufactured containment cap lowered five kilometres below sea level of the Gulf of Mexico oil leak has managed to completely halt the flow of oil coming from the spill.

By shutting off some valves on the cap bolted to the piping surrounding the oil spill yesterday, the oil company was able to totally stop any oil flow into the sea – for the first time in almost three months.

The process is not over, however – BP is conducting stress tests on the well for the next 48 hours, mindful that the significant pressure shift in the underground Macondo will could result in another leak springing elsewhere.

If the well holds up, BP will release the pressure on the well and run seismic checks before sealing the valves for good.

Although the cap is not considered a permanent solution to the oil leak, it does mean that BP can still totally halt the flow of oil should its efforts to seal the leak for good be interrupted by any tropical storms.

President Barack Obama called the seal’s success “a positive sign”, but added: “We’re still in the testing phase.”

The oil spill had been ongoing for over twelve weeks and had seen between 35,000-60,000 barrels of oil leaked into the sea on a daily basis.

BP’s share price in New York rose on the news of the success of the valve, closing at $38.92 (up over 7%) yesterday, though still a long way off the $60.48 recorded when the Deepwater Horizon explosion took place.