• Casualties of BP spill included men's lives, accurate reporting: Opinion

    It's easy to forget the human suffering involved in a massive catastrophe like the BP oil spill. After all, it was the worst offshore oil spill in our nation's history and it caused billions of dollars in damage to marshes, beaches and businesses on the central Gulf Coast.

    But the catastrophe also killed 11 men when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20, 2010 - men whose bodies were never found, whose families have no graves to visit, and whose wives and parents can only imagine the terror their loved ones endured that night.

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  • BP is Answering the Challenge

    The oil and gas industry has a storied history in the state of Louisiana. Over the last one hundred years, the industry has provided hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs to this state. To clarify the obvious, the oil and gas industry is an industrial segment that depends on human ability as well as technologically advanced equipment to power this great business sector. 

    Five years ago this month, a major catastrophe occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill, that involved the failure of this technologically advanced equipment causing an unprecedented accident. No one, including BP, argued that a disaster had not occurred. This is why BP stepped up to the challenge and continued doing what they do best – serving as a valued business partner to the state of Louisiana in good times and in bad.

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  • Editorial: Gulf Makes Comeback

    Doomsday predictors and the perennial naysayers had a field day five years ago in the immediate aftermath of the BP Oil Spill. It would be the end of the Gulf of Mexico as we knew it. It would become Louisiana’s Prince William Sound, the pristine site of the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska in the late 1980s. It would result in the decimation of both an ecosystem and an economic way of life.

    When the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2010, causing the second largest oil disaster in world history, 11 men lost their lives. That fact is too often lost amid the litigation and media reports that have occurred since the deadly spill.

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  • Gulf Resilient Five Years after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Gulf of Mexico remains resilient five years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon caused the second largest oil disaster in world history. Scientists at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are leading a historic effort to study the spill’s impact from the deepest waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the people who live on its shores. 

    “There’s never been more research on the Gulf of Mexico than there is now,” said Dr. Larry McKinney, HRI’s Executive Director. “The Gulf has not received the kind of funding for research that we see on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. But today, what we are learning from the Gulf will have applications all over the world.”

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  • Deepwater Settlement Lawyer Accused of Unethical Acts Returns Fee Earned on Fraudulent Claim

    NEW ORLEANS – A former Deepwater Horizon settlement lawyer has paid back the secret referral fee he received as part of a purported scheme to influence claims on behalf of a local law firm.

    New Orleans attorney Lionel “Tiger” Sutton III has acquiesced to a court order to repay the $35,700.23 in proceeds he received from a $357,000 claim that was later found to be based on false tax returns.

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  • Legal watchdog calls out attorneys, court officers on oil spill riches

    NEW ORLEANS – A statewide legal watchdog has issued a report detailing the millions of dollars local attorneys and court appointees have received for their work on the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon settlement fund.

    Non-partisan legal watchdog Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) released a report Monday detailing the hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees attorneys have received for representing oil spill claimants as well as the administration costs associated with the Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP) that is tasked with processing and paying hundreds of thousands of claims associated with the economic claims against BP stemming from the oil spill.

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  • 3 lawyers banned from handling BP oil spill damage claims

    A federal judge has barred three lawyers -- including one who worked inside a court-supervised facility -- from handling damage claims over BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because they allegedly set up a system of payments to help speed claims through the process.

    On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued sanctions against lawyers Lionel Sutton III, Jonathan Andry and Glen Lerner. None of the lawyers has been charged with a crime.

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  • Does BP Deserve Mercy in Setting Deepwater Horizon Penalty?

    The long march toward what is certain to be a multibillion-dollar penalty for BP and its partners for their role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill reached a milestone last week when testimony concluded in the final phase of a two-year, multi-front trial. In coming weeks — and more likely, months — a federal judge will weigh just how much the company ought to be fined for the mess, which dumped millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico when its undersea well blew out, killing 11 workers and setting off a gusher that spewed freely into the ocean for months.

    The company originally faced as much as $18 billion in fines under the federal Clean Water Act, which sets penalty guidelines based on how much oil is spilled. A ruling in the case last month established that the total spillage was lower than government attorneys had claimed, and that BP had managed to collect nearly a million barrels as part of its response to the blowout, nudging that potential penalty downward in BP’s favor.

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    Almost five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the US government is still pursuing its campaign to extract every last cent it can gouge from BP.

    This week the US District Court in New Orleans finished hearing the trial over civil penalties for the spill, with lawyers from the Department of Justice urging the judge to impose the maximum punishment permitted under the Clean Water Act.

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  • Miss. man claimed lost wages to receive oil spill money

    A South Mississippi man is scheduled for trial Feb. 18 on federal charges that he faked documents about his employment to receive $36,000 in oil-spill recovery money.

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