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2010-11-17 17:39:00

Report Justifies September Interior Dept. Drilling, Workplace Safety Rules WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An interim engineering report of preliminary findings about the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico reinforces the need for stronger deepwater drilling safety standards, according to Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100202/EDFLOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100202/EDFLOGO) The numerous technical...

2010-11-14 00:15:15

Maritime law attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin of Houston's Arnold & Itkin LLP react to comments made during a two-day hearing being held by the presidential panel that is investigating the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Houston, TX (PRWEB) November 12, 2010 Houston maritime attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin say a presidential panel is shining a light on the corporate carelessness that led to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and the worst offshore oil spill in...

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2010-10-29 06:35:00

Officials participating in the federal government's investigation into the cause or causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the ensuing oil spill appear to have found at least one potential culprit: faulty cement. In a letter sent to members of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, including Co-chairmen Bob Graham and William K. Reilly, Oil Spill Commission (OSC) chief counsel Fred Bartlit wrote that only one out of four preliminary tests...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...


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