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Final Oil-Spill Report Chastises BP, Others

September 14, 2011, 10:26 am

Federal investigators released their final report Wednesday on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon drilling-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last year, castigating BP PLC and its contractors for risky decisions and criticizing the government for oversight gaps.

Macondo well spewed 57,000 barrels a day, study shows

September 9, 2011, 10:21 am

Results from a study using acoustic technology to determine the amount of oil and natural gas released by the Deepwater Horizon spill matched the federal government’s estimates, validating the new measuring technique, researchers said.

Hearing set in suit against oil spill fund admin

July 13, 2011, 9:46 am

JACKSON, Miss. -- A hearing has been scheduled in the Mississippi attorney general's lawsuit against the administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund over access to claims filed by coastal residents.

Sen. Nelson blasts BP in letter

July 11, 2011, 9:54 am

Sen. Bill Nelson released a letter on Monday lambasting BP for its request to stop claims payments for future losses.

On Friday, BP requested that claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg not pay any more claims for future losses because the areas affected by the spill have recovered and the eocnomy is improving.

BP not meeting Gulf of Mexico spill obligations, US report claims

June 3, 2011, 10:56 am

US lawmakers have raised fresh concerns that BP is not meeting its obligations to victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and criticised President Barack Obama for failing to take control.

A new report by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee argues that the US government, not BP, should have been in charge of oil spill response and managing the compensation of victims.

BP oil spill partly blamed for Gulf dolphin deaths

May 27, 2011, 10:44 am

MIAMI — The deaths of over 150 dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico so far this year is due in part to the devastating 2010 BP oil spill and the chemical dispersants used to contain it, a report said Thursday.

Poor shrimp season means BP oil spill claims offices should stay open, Jefferson Parish officials say

May 27, 2011, 10:35 am

Plans to close the BP oil spill claims offices in Grand Isle and Lafitte are premature as commercial fishers are suffering through one of the worst shrimp seasons in years, Jefferson Parish officials said.

Gulf oil rig explosion anniversary: Prayers for fishers lost in the BP claims process

April 20, 2011, 11:26 pm

There has been no shortage of stories about the BP oil spill on this first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, and the world's media is reminding all who will read or listen that coastal communities are still reeling.

But Archbishop Gregory Aymond knows news stories can get repetitive, compromising our ability to empathize. So, on bended knee, Aymond tended to the needs of depressed and bewildered fishers, restaurant workers and others who came to the Catholic Charities office in Violet for counseling and help with their spill damage claims.

BP's Iris Cross starred in two disaster PR campaigns

April 20, 2011, 10:09 am

Last fall, Iris Cross beamed into millions of homes, the friendly BP worker hailing from New Orleans who assured TV viewers that the oil giant won’t stop cleaning up the worst oil spill in U.S. history “until we make this right.”

She became the very public face of BP, a soothing contrast to former CEO Tony Heyward, whose PR gaffes cemented public opinion against the oil company.

This is not the first time Cross sought to soothe public anger from a BP disaster. One of her efforts in 2006 so angered a judge that BP was accused of jury tampering and threatened with fines and contempt charges.

BP's criminal negligence exposed

April 20, 2011, 10:04 am

Ryan Lambert is enraged.

The owner of a charter fishing business, he had always supported the oil industry in his home state of Louisiana.

He previously trusted BP, and the rest of the oil industry, to do the right thing in case an accident happened. But not any more. "I'm seeing people starving to death and BP won't pay them," said Lambert.

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