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An Overview of Offshore Oil Drilling Risks, Legislation and Offshore Physical Damage Insurance Policies

By Rina Carmel and Ashkan Yekrangi, Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP In their article appearing in the November/December 2010 issue of Coverage , “An Overview of Offshore Oil Drilling Risks, Legislation and Offshore Physical Damage Insurance Policies,” Rina Carmel and Ashkan Yekrangi...

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...

Winston & Strawn Update: Legislative Developments In Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

By Bryant Gardner, Partner, Winston & Strawn This article focuses on those provisions of the Congressional proposals which, if passed, are likely to most directly affect the maritime industry, leaving aside, for the time being, the proposals to restructure the Minerals Management Service and...

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...

Supreme Court Won't Hear Case Over Rejected Offshore Oil 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...

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...

The Supremes Consider OCSLA

Thomas C. Fitzhugh, III, Fitzhugh & Elliott, P.C., Houston, Texas, addresses a case on the Supreme Court's upcoming docket that directly addresses concerns of the Longshore community: Valladolid v. Pacific Operations Offshore, LLP , 604 F.3d 1126 , 44 BRBS 35(CRT) (9th Cir. 2010), cert. granted...

The Supremes Consider OCSLA

Thomas C. Fitzhugh, III, Fitzhugh & Elliott, P.C., Houston, Texas, addresses a case on the Supreme Court's upcoming docket that directly addresses concerns of the Longshore community: Valladolid v. Pacific Operations Offshore, LLP , 604 F.3d 1126 , 44 BRBS 35(CRT) (9th Cir. 2010), cert. granted...

BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Cement Testing Data

NEW ORLEANS - BP on Dec. 5 filed a motion in the multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana federal court for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill, seeking sanctions against Halliburton Energy Services Inc. based on the company's alleged spoliation...

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...

Offshore Drilling Worker's Widow Can Pursue Injury Claims For Fatal Workplace Accident

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...

Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor Takes Case to U.S. Supreme Court and Wins Battle for Offshore Oil Workers' Compensation Rights

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Decision Regarding the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) Los Angeles, CA - The Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor is proud to announce that today, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision (U.S. Supreme Court, No. 10–507, Pacific Operators...

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Ruling: BP and Andarko Are Responsible Parties and Liable For Civil Penalties 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...

$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...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 10, 2012

Budget & Taxes CA STRUGGLES TO BALANCE ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC CONCERNS: The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), passed in 1970, has been credited with helping to preserve the state's lush wetlands and keep condos off the slopes of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. But...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 10, 2012

Budget & Taxes CA STRUGGLES TO BALANCE ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC CONCERNS: The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), passed in 1970, has been credited with helping to preserve the state's lush wetlands and keep condos off the slopes of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. But the...

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...

Federal Court Approves BP's Guilty Pleas, Agreement To Pay $4.5 Billion In Penalties

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) A federal judge in Louisiana on Jan. 29 approved BP Exploration & Production Inc.'s offer to plead guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter and pay $4.5 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010, and...

Lawrence Kogan on Revised U.S. Deep Seabed Mining Policy Reflects UNCLOS and Other International Environmental Law Obligations

by Lawrence A. Kogan Excerpt: This article questions the extent to which U.S. continental shelf seabed mining policy, as reflected in the U.S. administration's recently issued five-year OCS development plan and accompanying agency regulations, is influenced by international environmental...

U.S. Continental Shelf Mining Policy Influenced By International Environmental Law

By Lawrence A. Kogan Excerpt: This article questions the extent to which U.S. continental shelf seabed mining policy, as reflected in the U.S. administration's recently issued five-year OCS development plan and accompanying agency regulations, is influenced by international environmental law...