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March 31, 2013
bylinebeat:

‘Major Spill’ After Exxon Pipe Ruptures in U.S.
An Exxon Mobil crude oil pipeline ruptured near the town of Mayflower in the US state of Arkansas, spilling thousands of barrels of oil, the company said.
Exxon shut the 50-centimetre Pegasus pipeline, which carries crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to the Gulf Coast, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon.
Exxon, which was hit with a $1.7m fine by regulators this week over a 2011 spill in the Yellowstone River, said a few thousand barrels of oil had been observed. [more]
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Related: Read more on the Keystone Pipeline decision and the two tar sands spills that occurred this week.
Photo Credit: (Reuters)

The spill is estimated to be at least 10,000 barrels in size. Pretty crazy stuff.

bylinebeat:

‘Major Spill’ After Exxon Pipe Ruptures in U.S.

An Exxon Mobil crude oil pipeline ruptured near the town of Mayflower in the US state of Arkansas, spilling thousands of barrels of oil, the company said.

Exxon shut the 50-centimetre Pegasus pipeline, which carries crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to the Gulf Coast, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon.

Exxon, which was hit with a $1.7m fine by regulators this week over a 2011 spill in the Yellowstone River, said a few thousand barrels of oil had been observed. [more]

Related: Read more on the Keystone Pipeline decision and the two tar sands spills that occurred this week.

Photo Credit: (Reuters)

The spill is estimated to be at least 10,000 barrels in size. Pretty crazy stuff.

21:18 // 1 year ago
January 29, 2013
breakingnews:

BP to pay record $4 billion in damages for role in oil spill disaster
AP: BP will pay an unprecedented $4 billion in criminal penalties and plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.A US judge approved the agreement Tuesday. BP is pleading guilty to charges relating to the 11 workers’ deaths and for lying to Congress about the scale of the spill.BP could pay billions more once the US federal government resolves its civil claims against the company.
Photo: Sean Gardner/Reuters

So now we’ve got a slightly clearer impression of the terms of BP’s settlement over the Deepwater Horizon disaster – the company, in addition to the payout, will accept a guilty plea on manslaughter charges, accepting responsibility for the deaths of those 11 rig workers during the initial explosion.

breakingnews:

BP to pay record $4 billion in damages for role in oil spill disaster

AP: BP will pay an unprecedented $4 billion in criminal penalties and plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

A US judge approved the agreement Tuesday. BP is pleading guilty to charges relating to the 11 workers’ deaths and for lying to Congress about the scale of the spill.

BP could pay billions more once the US federal government resolves its civil claims against the company.

Photo: Sean Gardner/Reuters

So now we’ve got a slightly clearer impression of the terms of BP’s settlement over the Deepwater Horizon disaster – the company, in addition to the payout, will accept a guilty plea on manslaughter charges, accepting responsibility for the deaths of those 11 rig workers during the initial explosion.

19:08 // 1 year ago
November 15, 2012
reuters:

Two BP Plc employees face criminal indictments for their part in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and charges could be unveiled as early as Thursday, a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
London-based BP is expected to pay a record U.S. criminal penalty and plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the worst offshore oil spill in the country’s history, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The sources told Reuters that a plea deal with the Justice Department over the 2010 disaster, in which 11 workers died, may be announced as soon as Thursday.
READ ON: BP workers face criminal charges from 2010 spill - source

Will be interesting to see if anyone goes to jail over this.

reuters:

Two BP Plc employees face criminal indictments for their part in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and charges could be unveiled as early as Thursday, a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

London-based BP is expected to pay a record U.S. criminal penalty and plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the worst offshore oil spill in the country’s history, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The sources told Reuters that a plea deal with the Justice Department over the 2010 disaster, in which 11 workers died, may be announced as soon as Thursday.

READ ON: BP workers face criminal charges from 2010 spill - source

Will be interesting to see if anyone goes to jail over this.

11:03 // 1 year ago
July 22, 2012
Boat collision in Lake Huron leads to mild oil spill, beach closures
Mild oil spill on Lake Huron: On Thursday, a tug boat and a dredge barge sank into Lake Huron. While trying to salvage the remains of the boats, authorities suspect that a pocket of oil escaped. The tug boat was recovered, but the barge is still in the lake. There’s now an uncontained oil sheen on the lake about 500 yards from the site. Due to understandable concerns, the St. Clair County Health Department closed four of the beaches near the site. source
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Mild oil spill on Lake Huron: On Thursday, a tug boat and a dredge barge sank into Lake Huron. While trying to salvage the remains of the boats, authorities suspect that a pocket of oil escaped. The tug boat was recovered, but the barge is still in the lake. There’s now an uncontained oil sheen on the lake about 500 yards from the site. Due to understandable concerns, the St. Clair County Health Department closed four of the beaches near the site. source

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16:57 // 1 year 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
December 29, 2011
Federal prosecutors preparing case against BP
The oil spill examined: The first criminal charges to be filed against BP, regarding the explosion and subsequent oil leak at the Deepwater Horizon well, are being prepared by federal prosecutors. The charges, to come out next year, are expected to center on a group of engineers and whether false or misleading information about the safety of drilling at such deep depths in the Gulf of Mexico was submitted on federal documents. The spill in totality is very relevant right now — a couple months ago, the Obama administration approved BP for more drilling in the Gulf, despite no changes to spill-related financial liability laws. (Photo courtesy of ideum) source
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The oil spill examined: The first criminal charges to be filed against BP, regarding the explosion and subsequent oil leak at the Deepwater Horizon well, are being prepared by federal prosecutors. The charges, to come out next year, are expected to center on a group of engineers and whether false or misleading information about the safety of drilling at such deep depths in the Gulf of Mexico was submitted on federal documents. The spill in totality is very relevant right now — a couple months ago, the Obama administration approved BP for more drilling in the Gulf, despite no changes to spill-related financial liability laws. (Photo courtesy of ideum) source

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15:02 // 2 years ago
July 2, 2011
rubenfeld:

Evacuations After Montana Oil Spill

An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Montana  ruptured Saturday and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the  waterway, causing a 25-mile plume that fouled the riverbank and forced  municipalities and irrigation districts downstream to close intakes.


Wow, guys. 25 miles is pretty huge. We’ll keep an eye on this too, in case this gets any worse.

rubenfeld:

Evacuations After Montana Oil Spill

An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Montana ruptured Saturday and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the waterway, causing a 25-mile plume that fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts downstream to close intakes.

Wow, guys. 25 miles is pretty huge. We’ll keep an eye on this too, in case this gets any worse.

22:43 // 2 years ago
June 8, 2011

Louisiana may have an oil spill off its coast; pending investigation

Coast guard investigating alleged oil spill: Stress the “alleged,” as a Coast Guard spokesman has said it’s “too early” to make a definitive judgment. That said, a fisherman reported what he thought to be an oil spill “several miles long” off the Louisiana coast near Venice, and the Coast Guard has deployed to ascertain whether the offending substance is indeed oil, and if so where it may have come from. For obvious reasons, oil turning up off the Louisiana coast reminds us of bad, bad things. We hope like crazy this turns out okay. source

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18:50 // 2 years ago
April 16, 2011

"They didn’t have us fully prepared for what was going on." The online publication Hot Indie News recently did a video interview with sick Gulf Oil Spill cleanup worker Jennifer Rexford, posted yesterday. Yvonne Gougelet, who posted one of Rexford’s clips on Current a while ago, is asking the questions. The interview begins around the 4:30 mark. By the way, if you aren’t following her on Tumblr, she recently noted that she’s moving from Panama City to Colorado Springs. She likely will need help with moving costs.

17:13 // 3 years ago
April 11, 2011

More on Jennifer Rexford and those doubting her story

oldmanyellsatcloud asked: So, I’ve got a concern that I’m hoping you guys can address. I’ve been helpfully directed here, not just by your own reports, but a few fellow news groups. Heres the chunk of my concern, here. Now, I have actually found a nonblog/reblogging source, since posting that, but it wasn’t well cited or documented. I was hoping maybe you folks have done a bit more digging since then. Since money and donations are traveling about, it’d be nice to get some feedback, due to the rather confusingly low level of converage… -even- in a mentality that adopts ‘BP lawsuits’ or ‘government gags’.

» We say: First off, I’d like to point out a couple of things in your responses. Jennifer has kept pretty open about her whole situation and is also on Twitter and Tumblr, so if you had any questions, you could easily ask her questions. I’m sure she would answer them. Also, have you watched the videos — like, more than one of them? They’re not exactly the easiest things in the world to watch. In a few of them, she’s on the phone for a full half-hour. No edits. Raw as you can get. Why would a scammer go to that much trouble to show us an entire half-hour of phone calls in excruciating detail? By the way, in case you were wondering, the organization she mentions, P2S, is real and actually did help with the cleanup.

The first mention I’ve seen about Jennifer’s condition online was way back in December — in a comment on a local news site where she noted she didn’t want to show pictures of her situation because she was trying to get her situation settled. (It’s confirmed via her Facebook profile.) Beyond the al-Jazeera report, she recently linked to a news story from a German television network that actually reported out of Panama City. The footage shows Rexford with dozens of bottles of pills. She’s about two-thirds of the way through the video. (Note: It’s in German, though the interviews are in English with German dubbing.)

Ultimately, here’s our feeling: If you’re wondering why the local news hasn’t covered Jennifer’s plight, why don’t you ask them? Clearly, she’s trying to get some media attention for her story. We’ll even help. We spent a week screaming from the mountaintops about this story. And we want more people to know about it.

21:02 // 3 years ago