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Transocean ordered to turn over audits and records on all of its Gulf of Mexico vessels

December 21, 2010, 12:35 pm

Times Picayune

U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier ordered Transocean Ltd. Friday to give safety audits and other materials on all of its vessels in the Gulf of Mexico to government investigators, and not just material related to the Deepwater Horizon rig.


Disaster Cleanup Firm Claims BP Stiffed It

December 8, 2010, 8:51 am

Courthouse News Service

As BP struggled to control the worst oil leak in U.S. history, it asked JESCO, a Mississippi-based disaster services firm, to supply "boats, barges, containers, decontamination operations, oil supply boats, fuel tanks, oil storage barges and lengths of boom to BP on an as-needed basis," JESCO says. So, JESCO says, it spent $1 million getting 11 boats ready for the job - and BP never hired them, won't pay the $1 million, and now it denies they ever had an agreement at all.


Special report: How BP's oil spill costs could double

December 2, 2010, 8:36 am

Originally posted on CNBC.com - December 1, 2010

LONDON - Last month, BP increased by $8 billion the financial provisions it was taking for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; the company's shares rose. Better-than- expected underlying profits and upbeat comments from new Chief Executive Bob Dudley were taken by the market as a sign the company had turned the corner and would soon return to pumping out steadily rising dividends.


Investigators see 'culture of complacency' behind gulf oil spill

November 15, 2010, 1:44 pm

Los Angeles Times

A stream of evidence shows that "a culture of complacency" rather than a "culture of safety" prevailed at BP, Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton as they worked on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, according to the chairmen of the presidential commission investigating the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Tony Hayward Admits BP Unprepared for Spill

November 10, 2010, 3:56 pm

Originally posted at aolnews.com

LONDON (Nov. 9) -- In his first interview since stepping down as head of BP last month, Tony Hayward has admitted that the company was woefully unprepared to deal with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and he revealed how the disaster almost bankrupted the oil giant.

Hayward told the BBC -- which tonight will air an hourlong documentary on the spill titled "BP: $30 Billion Blowout" -- that the company had failed to draw up an emergency plan to plug a leaking deepwater well, and as a result, "we were making it up day to day."


Halliburton admits skipping test on Gulf well cement

November 8, 2010, 2:56 pm

Originally posted on msnbc.com - 10/29/2010

Halliburton Co. acknowledged late Thursday that it skipped doing a critical test on the final formulation of cement used to seal the BP oil well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company, which was BP's cementing contractor, said that BP at the last-minute increased the amount of a critical ingredient in the cement mix. While an earlier test showed the cement was stable, the company never performed a stability test on the new blend.


Beaumont law firm to collect evidence in federal lawsuit against BP, others

October 15, 2010, 8:39 am

Beaumont Enterprise

Several law firms, including Brent Coon and Associates, will participate in the complicated evidence-gathering process, which is expected to last well into 2011 and produce tens of millions of documents.


Feds establish downtown bunker to build criminal, civil cases against BP, others in Gulf oil spill

October 5, 2010, 9:52 am

Times Picayune

A team of federal prosecutors from around the country has taken over a floor of the Texaco Building on Poydras Street, just across from the federal courthouse, as they begin quietly building what is expected to be a complex series of criminal and civil cases stemming from the BP oil spill.


Scores of Lawyers Apply for Lead Counsel in BP Litigation

September 29, 2010, 8:35 am

Law.com

More than 100 lawyers who are suing BP PLC over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have applied for coveted places on the committee that will lead the multidistrict litigation, citing either the extensive work they've already done or the unique role they would serve as the representative of a specific group of alleged victims.


Coon seeks spot on BP litigation steering committee

September 16, 2010, 8:54 am

Louisiana Record

Brent Coon of Beaumont, Texas seeks a position with a group that will run the plaintiff side of national oil spill litigation.



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