Brad Marten On Fighting The Last War: The Relevance (And Irrelevance) Of The Exxon Valdez Oil Tanker Spill To The Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Spill

By Brad Marten A number of us in the Pacific Northwest can remember the phone call that came in the spring of 1989 telling us to come to Alaska. There had been an oil spill, the caller said, and we had better get up there right away. We packed up and left, sometimes with just a couple of sets of clothes...

Law Center Prepares Lawsuit Over Mich. Oil Spill

MARSHALL, Mich. - (AP) A public interest law firm prepared Monday to sue the owners of a pipeline that ruptured in southern Michigan and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a Kalamazoo River tributary, while residents voiced concerns to government officials following a community meeting...

Dead Animals Are Exhibit A In Gulf Investigation

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Dead birds are wrapped in foil or paper, then sealed in plastic bags to avoid cross contamination. Dolphin tissue samples and dead sea turtles are kept in locked freezers. Field notebooks are collected and secured. Scientists examining dead animals that were discovered along the Gulf...

U.S. High Court Declines To Hear Dispute Over Transfer Of Pollutants In Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S Supreme Court on Nov. 29 denied a petition for certiorari filed by environmental groups in Florida over whether the transfer of water pollutants from one body of water to another constitutes an "addition" of pollutants to navigable waters therefore...

Feds Sue BP, Other Companies For Gulf Oil Spill Damages

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The Justice Department sued BP and several other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill Wednesday, an opening salvo in the government's effort to get billions of dollars for untold economic and environmental damage . The government accuses the companies of disregarding federal...

Feds Sue BP, Other Companies For Oil Spill Damages

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A powerful plaintiff has joined the hundreds of people and businesses suing BP and other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill: the Justice Department. The government, in an opening salvo in its effort to get billions of dollars for untold economic and environmental damage, accuses...

BP Agrees To $25 Million Penalty For 2006 Alaska Spills

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) BP's subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25 million civil penalty under a settlement announced Tuesday that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines on the North Slope. The penalty is the largest per barrel civil penalty assessed...

BP Exploration Alaska To Pay $25 Million For North Slope Oil Spill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 4 announced that BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. will pay $25 million in civil penalties...

BP Gets $1 Billion Settlement From Gulf Well Partner

LONDON - (AP) BP has struck a deal to receive around $1 billion from one of its minority partners in the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well, raising hopes it will successfully pursue other companies involved and reduce its bill for the disaster. BP PLC said Thursday that MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC. . . . Full...

9th Circuit Narrows Circumstances Under Which Attorney Fees Won’t Be Awarded In CWA Litigation

The Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance sued the City of Seward, Alaska, for violation of the CWA in discharging pollutants without an NPDES permit from both the small boat harbor and the industrial park. About 9 months later, both parties filed MSJ; the District Court granted plaintiff's motion...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Dismisses Environmental Claims For Injunctive Relief

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge presiding over cases stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on June 16 dismissed claims seeking injunctive relief against BP Plc. and Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. for alleged...

Oil Company Sued Over Chronic California Spills

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Government regulators sued an oil company Friday over 21 spills of crude oil and other harmful pollutants in Santa Barbara County waterways over five years. The complaint claims Greka Oil & Gas Co., now known as HVI Cat Canyon Inc., failed to adopt adequate plans for spill prevention...

Judge Won't Let Sierra Club Join Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A federal magistrate judge won't allow the Sierra Club to join a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against BP and other companies over last year's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Judge Sally Shushan said in her order Tuesday that the environmental group can file...

High Court Hears Couple's Arguments Challenging Clean Water Act Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A couple told the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 that their inability to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order issued under the Clean Water Act (CWA) violated their due process rights and the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) ( Chantell Sackett, et al. v...

Well Investor Agrees To Pay $90 Million To Resolve Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC has agreed to pay $90 million to resolve liability and pay civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to settle claims asserted against it by the government and five states over the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill...

Oil Spill MDL Judge: BP, Andarko Liable Under Clean Water Act

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over litigation stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico held Feb. 22 that BP PLC and Andarko Petroleum Co. are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA...

High Court Says Couple Can Seek Review Of EPA's Compliance Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 21 unanimously found that an Idaho couple could file a lawsuit challenging a compliance order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act (CWA) because the order was a final agency action that could be...

Steptoe & Johnson: Supreme Court Sides With Landowner In EPA Order Challenge

By Amy M. Smith On March 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court decided Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency , No. 10-1062 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that individuals may bring a civil action under Chapter 7 of the Administrative Procedure Act...

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Sewer System's Discharges Did Not Violate CWA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 8 held that a California storm sewer system operator's discharges into navigable waterways did not violate the Clean Water Act (CWA), holding that the flow of water from an improved portion of a navigable waterway to an unimproved portion...