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BP Oil Spill Could Be Worse Than Any Hurricane Damage and Much More Widespread - Even Florida's East Coast of Could Be Impacted

By Chip Merlin, Managing Partner, Merlin Law Group I hate to make doomsday predictions, but there is a possibility that the BP Oil Spill could be worse than any hurricane or catastrophe that I have been involved with. I spent yesterday speaking with others about the current situation. Indeed, my father...

Class Action Filed in Mississippi by Fishermen Seeking Damages Resulting from Huge Oil Spill

BILOXI, Miss. - (Mealey's) Two Mississippi fishermen on May 3 filed a class action lawsuit in Mississippi federal court against companies they claim are responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Charlie C. Nguyen, et al. v. Transocean Ltd., et al., No. 10cv178, S.D. Miss.). ...

Mealey’s Litigation Report - Florida Beach Owners Seek Protective Barriers from Oil Spill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida resident and a homeowners association on May 4 filed a class action lawsuit in a federal court against BP PLC and related companies to prevent or mitigate damage to property following the April 20 explosion and fire that destroyed an oil rig in the Gulf of...

Fighting the Last War: The Relevance (and Irrelevance) of the Exxon Valdez Spill to the Deepwater Horizon Spill

By Brad Marten A number of us in the Pacific Northwest can remember the phone ca ll 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...

EPA Responds to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Since the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 22, 2010, EPA has mobilized resources to support the U.S. Coast Guard and protect public health and the environment. Our Emergency Operations Center at headquarters has been activated, trained EPA responders are working on the scene, and special mobile...

EPA Spanish Web Site to inform Spanish-speaking public about health, environmental impacts of Oil Spill

WASHINGTON – As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, EPA has launched a Spanish language Web site to inform the Spanish-speaking public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The Web site – http://www...

Mealey's Reports: Excess insurers say no coverage is afforded for gulf oil spill

HOUSTON – (Mealey’s) Transocean Ltd.’s excess insurers filed a complaint for declaratory judgment Friday in a Texas federal court, seeking a ruling that no additional insured coverage is owed to BP plc. with respect to pollution claims arising out of the explosion of BP’s oil...

Bryant Gardner Examines Legislative Developments as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

“The tragic loss of the DEEPWATER HORIZON on April 20, 2010 and still mounting environmental damages from the leaking "Macondo" well at Mississippi Canyon Block 252 have produced a robust, if not always like-minded reaction, in Washington,” writes Bryant Gardner. “As in the...

Oil Spill Injury, Economic Damages Cases Consolidated In Louisiana Federal Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) decided Aug. 10 to consolidate hundreds of personal injury and economic damages claims related to the BP PLC Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ( In re: Oil...

Is Virginia Poised to Become a Mid-Atlantic Hub for Offshore Wind Energy?

By Michael P. Giordano, Vandeventer Black LLP While the United States grips with the devastating effects of a tragic offshore oil spill, states on the Atlantic coast are turning their focus toward the development of a different kind of energy off of their own shores. Offshore wind energy has the...

Guest Blog of the Week: Prospects for Climate & Energy Legislation in Late 2010—Part III

By Meredith Irvin and Erin Book, Managing Directors, SNR Denton In a week-long blog series, Meredith Irvin and Erin Book will summarize the main climate and/or energy proposals that are currently being discussed as we head into the final working days of the 111th Congress. Today’s blog...

Dispersants used in Deepwater Horizon oil spill persisted longer than anticipated

Nearly 771 thousand gallons of chemical dispersants were injected into the oil and gas emitted by BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Based on prior research, it was anticipated that the dispersants would biodegrade with modest rapidity. Instead, researchers found that the dispersants, which were studied...

Where is the methane from the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout?

Natural gas in various forms comprised approximately 2/3 of the hydrocarbons emitted from the Deepwater Horizon well blowout. Methane is believed to compose an estimated 87.5% of that natural gas. Sampling in June 2010 found no microbial breakdown of methane. [See http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330...

BP Alaska to Pay $25 Million Penalty for Alaskan North Slope Oil Spill

WASHINGTON – 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) have announced that BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. will pay $25 million in civil penalties and...

BP PLC and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC Reach $1.06 Billion Settlement over Deepwater Horizon Explosion

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC and affiliates Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. and MOEX USA Corp., which had a 10 percent interest in the Macondo Well where the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was drilling, announced May 20 that they had reached an agreement in which MOEX USA will...

Legal News Podcast - BP Agrees to $ 1 Billion Settlement With Lessee in Gulf Oil Spill Disaster - Plus More Gulf Oil Spill Resources

A Macondo well lessee agrees to a $1 billion settlement with BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and, a $212 million settlement is reached with two Madoff feeder funds. Hear these and other stories from LexisNexis® Mealey's Publications. Copyright© 2011 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier...

Oil Field Service Company Settles Claims Related To Oil Spill Litigation

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Weatherford International Ltd. announced June 20 that it has reached a $75 million agreement with BP LLC to settle any claims between the companies relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill ( In re: Oil Spill By The Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" In...

LexisNexis® Legal News Podcast for July 14, 2011 - Settlement Communications In BP Oil Spill MDL Cases To Remain Confidential

U.S. Judge Carl J. Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana says that settlement communications in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases are to remain confidential, and, a $3.5 million punitive damages award is vacated in an auto-worker's discrimination lawsuit. Hear these and other stories from...

Under California's Polanco Act, owners of a right-of-way to property are not owners or operators for subsurface contamination they did not cause and had no duty to investigate

California's Polanco Act provides a powerful (some would say one sided) tool for Redevelopment Agencies to force the remediation of a site subject to redevelopment, or to cause PRP's to reimburse such agencies for the remedial cost outlays. [As an aside, it should be noted that Governor Brown...

Did Gulf surface bacteria not find Deepwater Horizon oil to be a complete diet?

Prior posts have discussed various aspects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its impact on the biota of the Gulf. Bioremediation has several goals. First, one uses nature to remediate contamination, saving significant sums. Second, the "food" (contaminant) should cause the bacteria to...

$7.8B Settlement Reached By BP and Plaintiffs in Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Claims

Lexis.com subscribers may click here to access Related Court Documents, Including Briefs, Pleadings and Motions for the Gulf Oil Spill Litigation . NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and plaintiffs in the federal multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana for claims arising from the explosion...

BP PLC To Pay $4.5 Billion, Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges For Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC announced Nov. 15 that it would plead guilty to a dozen felony charges brought by the federal government and pay $4.5 billion in penalties over its involvement in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The...

DOJ: Judge Accepts Transocean’s Guilty Plea; Company to Pay $400M

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal judge in Louisiana has accepted Transocean Ltd.'s guilty plea for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) over its conduct leading to the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and that the company will...

Louisiana Federal Judge Signs Consent Decree For Deepwater Horizon $1 Billion Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana who is overseeing litigation arising from the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 19 approved Transocean Deepwater Inc. and its affiliates' agreement to pay $1 billion...

Center for Biological Diversity Serves 60-Day Notice on Coast Guard and EPA for Violations of the Endangered Species Act

By: Genevieve Essig , Associate, Jenner & Block Last month the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) served a sixty-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Coast Guard (“USCG”) and U.S. EPA (EPA) for “ongoing and imminent violations of the Endangered Species Act...