Latest Deepwater Horizon Stories

2010-10-24 07:10:00

US officials on Friday reopened 7,000 square miles of Gulf of Mexico waters to fishing, returning the region to nearly full fishing status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said 96 percent of Gulf waters are now open for fishing. The latest area to reopen was located about 80 nautical miles south of the Florida panhandle. It was the 10th reopening in the Gulf of Mexico since July, when BP engineers effectively killed the ruptured oil well on the sea floor that...

2010-10-20 14:30:00

HOUSTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME), the nation's leading producer of Omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products, today announced that it has to date received a total of $18.7 million in payments, net of fees, from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility ("GCCF"). The GCCF is administering funds paid by BP in connection with reimbursements for claims caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The GCCF payments represent partial reimbursement for...

2010-10-18 08:25:00

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill couldn't have occurred at a worse time for bluefin tuna: they had come to the area "“ a major spawning ground "“ to produce offspring. Satellites are helping assess the damage from the disaster on the fish's spawning habitat. The majestic Atlantic bluefin tuna, among the largest fish able to grow the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, come to the Gulf yearly from January to June. Their peak spawning time in the Gulf is April and May "“ just when...

2010-10-07 10:20:00

An investigative team set up to look into the Obama administration's handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill found that federal officials "created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem." The strongly-worded critiques were presented in a quartet of "working papers" released by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling on Wednesday, and do...

2010-10-01 07:20:00

JACKSON, Miss., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Facing already over 300 civil lawsuits in at least 12 states, oil giant BP begins now to move from a crisis response in the Gulf to a response in the courtroom. BP has dedicated billions of dollars to an escrow account in an effort to settle legitimate lawsuits rather than have them litigated in court. Jackson attorney Jeff Reynolds, who recently had a guest editorial published in The Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi's biggest newspaper, said he does not...

2010-09-27 14:15:00

On Monday, an independent commission kicked off a two-day meeting in Washington to investigate the massive oil spill from the BP-leased rig that set off the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The commission, which was set up by President Barack Obama, will probe the use of controversial chemical dispersants to combat the spill, government decisions made during the disaster and the U.S. moratorium on deepwater drilling. Former senator and commission co-chair Bob Graham said during...

2010-09-20 06:05:00

Five months after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig led to one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, BP announced on Sunday that work to seal the well had officially been completed, permanently halting the flow of oil from a broken well that had already leaked more than 200 million gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico. Workers completed a final pressure test on the cement seal at 5:54 am CDT, according to AFP. BP later confirmed in a press release that both the...

2010-09-08 08:30:00

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Literally filling warehouses, the paperwork in the Exxon Valdez case was so daunting it prompted hyperbolic comparisons to the 11 million gallons of oil that spewed from the ship itself into Alaska's Prince William Sound. But thanks largely to the 21st-century imperative for parties to hand over all electronic documents that could prove relevant to a matter in litigation, the discovery challenges involved in the BP/Deepwater Horizon case could make...

2010-09-08 10:40:00

An internal investigation by British petroleum firm BP has found that they were partially to blame for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that started back in April, but also noted that the fault for what many have called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history was not their's alone. According to AFP reports on Wednesday, the company released a summary of their findings in which they stated that "no single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy. Rather, a sequence of failures...

2010-09-06 06:45:00

Now that the key piece of evidence removed from BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico shows there is no longer a threat, the focus moves to determining what went wrong and who is at fault. If functioning properly, the blowout preventer would have sealed off the well after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20 and the largest maritime oil spill in history would never have occurred. The blowout preventer, which is being shipped to a NASA facility near New Orleans after...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.