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Maritime Law Firm Retained By Injured Roustabout On Semisubmersible Offshore Drilling Rig

HOUSTON — The Transocean oil-rig explosion on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, led to a huge fire and the eventual sinking of the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible offshore drilling rig . Coast Guard officials suspended the three-day search for the 11 missing Transocean oil rig workers; it is believed...

Drilling Moratorium Challenged By Offshore Company

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The ban on deepwater petroleum drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is being challenged by a Louisiana oil services company that claims the federal government has not shown justification for the shutdown. Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc., based in Covington, La., operates a fleet of vessels...

Judge Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban As `Overbearing'

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed Tuesday, saying the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent danger, too. The White House...

5th Circuit Won't Stay Ruling On Offshore Drilling Moratorium

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 8 denied a motion to stay pending appeal of a Louisiana federal judge’s June 22 ruling enjoining the federal government’s six-month moratorium on offshore drilling operations of deep-water oil wells in the...

Government Hopes New Drilling Moratorium Can Survive

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Rebuffed twice by the courts, the Obama administration is taking another crack at a moratorium on deep-water drilling, stressing new evidence of safety concerns and no longer basing the moratorium on water depth. But those who challenge the latest ban question whether it complies...

Judge Halts Oil, Gas Development On Chukchi Sea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska's northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold the drilling rights. The lease sale in February...

Texas Sues Feds Over Offshore Drilling Ban

HOUSTON - (AP) The Texas attorney general sued the Obama administration Wednesday over its new deep-water offshore drilling moratorium, claiming it is unjustified and federal officials did not contact the state before issuing the ban. Attorney General Greg Abbott filed the 18-page suit in federal court...

Jones Walker Expands Energy Industry Team

HOUSTON — Jones Walker has named Michael B. Donald, a partner in the firm's Houston office, and Marjorie A. McKeithen, of counsel in the firm's New Orleans office, co-chairs of the Energy Industry Team. The firm has combined attorneys from a number of practice areas who serve energy...

Plaintiff Attorney Likens Oil Spill Defendants To 'Reservoir Dogs'

MIAMI BEACH - Remember the famous Mexican standoff scene in the movie "Reservoir Dogs" where the gang of crooks turn on each other, hold each other at gunpoint and then shoot each other? Plaintiff attorney Scott Summy of Baron & Budd in Dallas said it reminds him of the defendants in...

Experts Say BP Increased Risk Of Gulf Blowout

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) BP too often operated on the fly in the closing days of work on its doomed Gulf oil well, adding needless risk of a blowout, investigators, experts and panel members said at the presidential commission Tuesday. They said the company was hurried and made confusing. . . . Full version...

The Gulf Oil Spill: Where We Are One Year Later

NEW ORLEANS - One year ago on April 20, an explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 people and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in a spill it took three months to stop. A year after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, many on the Gulf Coast still...

High Court Refuses To Hear Case Over Rejected Offshore Drilling Permit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on April 25 denied ATP Oil & Gas Corp.'s petition for certiorari seeking review of a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling affirming the August 2006 denial of an application that would have allowed the company to commence offshore...

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...

U.S. High Court: Widow Of Offshore Drilling Employee Can Pursue Injury Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11 held that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) "extends coverage to an employee who can establish a substantial nexus between his injury and his employer's extractive operations" on the Outer Continental Shelf...