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December 22, 2012

BP reaches settlement over Deepwater Horizon

  • $7.8B the settlement to be paid by BP, to individuals and businesses hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, and the consequent leaking of nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. source
16:26 // 1 year ago
April 19, 2012
producermatthew:

A plane has reportedly crashed in the Gulf of Mexico after the pilot, believed to be the only person on board, fell unconscious Thursday morning. Two F-15 jets were scrambled to monitor the plane, which went down into the waters of the gulf 170 miles off the Florida coast. [Photo: Flight Aware]

An insane story, visualized.

producermatthew:

A plane has reportedly crashed in the Gulf of Mexico after the pilot, believed to be the only person on board, fell unconscious Thursday morning. Two F-15 jets were scrambled to monitor the plane, which went down into the waters of the gulf 170 miles off the Florida coast. [Photo: Flight Aware]

An insane story, visualized.

12:26 // 2 years ago
March 3, 2012

BP reaches massive settlement with Gulf of Mexico investors

  • $7.8B will be paid by BP to thousands affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that occurred in April 2010; the settlement doesn’t bring an end to the oil company’s legal troubles
  • $2.3B of the total settlement will go to the Gulf seafood industry alone; the company also faces separate spill-related legal actions from the governments of Louisiana and Alabama
  • $17B in additional fines could come as the result of a settlement with the US government over civilian fines resulting from the wide-reaching spill, if BP is found guilty of gross negligence source

» But are the fines enough to teach BP a lesson? Some say no, including shrimp producer Dean Blanchard, who told The Guardian, “I want my day in court. If they can get off with just paying the money — well, they’ve got plenty of money, they are not really going to learn a lesson.” In addition to the settlement, BP announced that it would use the remainder of the $20 billion compensation fund it raised during the summer of 2010 to settle additional complaints from residents and businesses in the region. In a statement released late Friday night, BP chief executive Bob Dudley said, “the proposed settlement represents significant progress toward resolving issues from the Deepwater Horizon accident and contributing further to economic and environmental restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast.”

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11:15 // 2 years ago
February 10, 2012
thenoobyorker:

zainyk:

Mississippi Bill Changes Name of ‘Gulf of Mexico’ to ‘Gulf of America’

I want out of this life, how did I do?

While we’re at it, let’s change the name of New Mexico to New America. And Mexican food to Southwestern American food. (On the plus side, the proposed name change it would only change the name of the portion of the Gulf of Mexico that touches Mississippi, which is extremely small.)
EDIT: Great news, everyone! Fox News presented this satirical bill as a straight news story.

thenoobyorker:

zainyk:

Mississippi Bill Changes Name of ‘Gulf of Mexico’ to ‘Gulf of America’

I want out of this life, how did I do?

While we’re at it, let’s change the name of New Mexico to New America. And Mexican food to Southwestern American food. (On the plus side, the proposed name change it would only change the name of the portion of the Gulf of Mexico that touches Mississippi, which is extremely small.)

EDIT: Great news, everyone! Fox News presented this satirical bill as a straight news story.

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12:30 // 2 years ago
March 23, 2011

Probe: Blame design flaws, not just BP, for Gulf Oil Spill

Hey, let’s not forget about this: A report compiled by risk management firm Det Norske Veritas on last year’s oil spill in the Gulf came out today. (They were hired by the federal government, not BP, by the way.) They claim that design flaws scuttled the blowout preventer; as the well lost control, the drill pipe bent and buckled, which blocked the shear rams. Shear rams are the means by which the blowout is supposed to be prevented, as they’d cut through the drill pipe to safeguard against the well’s pressure level. Sadly, these sort of industrial fail-safe systems don’t always work as well in reality as in theory. source

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16:08 // 3 years ago
October 24, 2010


Fun fact about the Gulf Oil Spill: A few days ago, the federal government said there were only a few “trouble spots” where oil was still hanging around. Strangely enough, this photo of a miles-long oil spot was taken after they said that. Wonder what happened. sourceRemnants of Gulf Oil Spill (remember that?) still hanging around

Fun fact about the Gulf Oil Spill: A few days ago, the federal government said there were only a few “trouble spots” where oil was still hanging around. Strangely enough, this photo of a miles-long oil spot was taken after they said that. Wonder what happened. source

11:48 // 3 years ago