Category: Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast States May Lose Control Over BP Settlement On Oil Spill Environmental Fines

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,BP British Petroleum,Gulf Coast,Louisiana Maritime News on October 19, 2012

Rumors are circulating that the federal government may steer money from a BP settlement on oil spill environmental fines away from the Restore Act, a long-fought-for bill which divides the BP Clean Water Act fines among Gulf Coast states to be used for environmental and economic recovery.

Coast Guard Confirms BP Oil Sheen Near Deepwater Horizon Site In Gulf Of Mexico

Posted in BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Gulf Coast on October 15, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The US Coast Guard confirmed that an oil sheen spotted near the site of the 2010 BP oil spill matches oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.

Platform Fire Injures Three in Gulf Of Mexico

Posted in Gulf Coast,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Accidents on September 26, 2012

Three rig workers were injured today after a fire broke out on a drilling platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the USCG has confirmed. The platform, owned by W&T Offshore Inc., is at Ship Shoal Block 223, about 40 miles south of Louisiana. At this time the fire is out and the entire plant… read more

Barge Accidents and Injuries Could Increase Due to The Mississippi River Drying Up

Posted in Barge Accidents,Gulf Coast,Louisiana Maritime News,Mississippi Maritime News on August 16, 2012

The worst drought in more than fifty years is having a devastating effect on the mighty Mississippi River. The Mississippi has become very thin and very narrow, and if the water level keeps on dropping, there is a great possibility that all traffic and commerce on the river could shut down.

Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spills

Posted in Alaska Maritime News,BP British Petroleum,Government,Gulf Coast,Maritime Law on August 8, 2012

Five states are suing the federal government claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency rules on chemical dispersants used in oil spills do not meet clean water requirements.

Personal Injury Is Not A Good Indicator Of Offshore Drilling Safety [REPORT]

Posted in Deepwater Horizon,Gulf Coast on July 23, 2012

Offshore drillers in the U.S. are relying on the wrong set of data in its quest to prevent major accidents like the Deepwater Horizon blowout, says the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s investigation of the 2010 incident.  

Florida Lawmakers Request Probe into Misuse of BP Oil Spill Funds After Official Commits Suicide

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Florida Maritime News,Gulf Coast,Maritime Law on May 7, 2012

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — The former executive of the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council accused of misusing BP oil spill and county funds died at an Alabama hospital on Friday, May 4, from a suspected drug overdose.

Jackup Rig Badly Damaged After being Struck by Tanker in Gulf of Mexico

Posted in Gulf Coast,Jones Act,Texas Maritime News on May 2, 2012

The Rowan EXL-1, a mobile offshore drilling unit, has reportedly been badly damaged after being struck by a tanker that had apparently lost propulsion near Port Aransas.  

Former BP Engineer Arrested for Destroying Evidence in Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Posted in BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Government,Gulf Coast,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Lawsuits,Texas Maritime News,World Maritime News on April 24, 2012

HOUSTON, TX. — The Justice Department announced Tuesday, April 24, that a former BP engineer has been arrested on two counts of obstruction of justice for destroying evidence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.

Deepwater Horizon Tribute

Posted in Deepwater Horizon,Gulf Coast on April 20, 2012

Here’s a moving Deepwater Horizon tribute video made by Trace Adkins, country music star and former Gulf of Mexico offshore worker. It’s been two years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster unfolded, may we never forget.