Archive for 2011
Under a legal settlement announced on Friday, Dec 16 by BP, Cameron International, maker of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer that failed to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year, has agreed to pay $250 million to BP.
MENTOR, KY – On Saturday, Dec 17, a barge worker was fatally injured while removing a loaded barge owned by Greater Cincinnati Marine, which was docked at the Black River Mine in Pendleton County. The victim was identified as Mr. Chris Mink, an employee of Greater Cincinnati Marine.
WASHINGTON — A lawsuit has been filed by Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday, Dec 14, in U.S. District Court in Washington claiming that the federal government failed to take steps to avoid a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in April 2010.
BELLEVUE, NE – Colleen Bowen, 48, A female barge worker who worked for three years on a barge owned and operated by Western Contracting of Sioux City, Iowa, got sucked into the engine of a Missouri River tugboat last Thursday night on Dec. 8. The accident left Bowen in a medically induced coma at Creighton University Medical Center.
MASON, OH — Early Saturday morning on November 26, four barges, all loaded with coal, broke loose from American Electric Power’s M/V Buckeye State, but only one barge struck the pier as reported by Lt. Jason Coffey with the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Huntington. The Coast Guard is still conducting its investigation as to why the barge struck the pier.
WASHINGTON – According to the Obama Administration, BP and two other companies may face more citations for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year’s Gulf oil spill.
CANNELTON, IN – According to Indiana conservation officers, James Gamblin, 43, of Paducah, Ky. was working on the Ganis R. Brewer Barge, Monday night, Nov 21, when he died after the barge hit the wall of an Ohio River lock and he fell into the water.
NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled last week that BP must face claims under general maritime law, not under state law, in suits brought by Louisiana and Alabama due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill brought on by the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20, 2010.
NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Tuesday, Nov 15, that BP can not use Transocean’s insurance coverage to pay costs that were related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that occurred last April in 2010 – stating that the carriers owe no duty to pay claims or defense costs to BP.