Latest Deepwater Horizon Headlines
Texas Sues Companies Connected to Macondo Oil Spill
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - The state has accused companies involved with the oil spill of violating environmental laws and is seeking damages for lost revenue.
US Judge Dismisses Obstruction Charge Against Former BP Executive
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - A federal judge has dismissed a criminal charge against a former BP executive that alleged he tried to obstruct a Congressional investigation into the Deepwater Horizon incident by lying about the amount of oil flowing from the well.
BSEE, Noble Energy, HWCG Complete Containment Exercise Successfully
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - BSEE, Noble Energy and HWCG announce the successful completion of a full-scale deployment of critical well control equipment to assess Noble's ability to respond to a potential subsea blowout in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
BP Confirms Mexican Lawsuit over Deepwater Horizon
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - BP confirms the Mexican government as a plaintiff as it receives more than 2,200 additional civil lawsuits over the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
New York City Pension Funds Sue BP for Investment Losses
Friday, April 26, 2013 - New York City's pension funds have brought a suit against BP claiming their members lost money as a result of BP's actions before and after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Deepwater Horizon Overview
At approximately 10 p.m. on April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked Transocean's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig resulting in the loss of 11 crew members and the sinking of the rig on April 22. The Macondo well, which the rig had recently completed drilling, was open and flowing an estimated 5,000 bopd into the surrounding waters. BP and the USCG coordinated on efforts to stop the oil flows and contain the resulting spill.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Texas Sues Companies Connected to Macondo Oil Spill
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 The state has accused companies involved with the oil spill of violating environmental laws and is seeking damages for lost revenue.
US Judge Dismisses Obstruction Charge Against Former BP Executive
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 A federal judge has dismissed a criminal charge against a former BP executive that alleged he tried to obstruct a Congressional investigation into the Deepwater Horizon incident by lying about the amount of oil flowing from the well.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
BSEE, Noble Energy, HWCG Complete Containment Exercise Successfully
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 BSEE, Noble Energy and HWCG announce the successful completion of a full-scale deployment of critical well control equipment to assess Noble's ability to respond to a potential subsea blowout in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
BP Confirms Mexican Lawsuit over Deepwater Horizon
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 BP confirms the Mexican government as a plaintiff as it receives more than 2,200 additional civil lawsuits over the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Friday, April 26, 2013
New York City Pension Funds Sue BP for Investment Losses
Friday, April 26, 2013 New York City's pension funds have brought a suit against BP claiming their members lost money as a result of BP's actions before and after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
BP Doesn't Need Large Acquisition to Replace Reserves -Executives
Thursday, April 11, 2013 BP, which has completed a $38 billion divestment program in efforts to streamline the company and bolster its financial position, doesn't need a large acquisition to replace naturally declining reserves, company officials say.
Friday, April 05, 2013
US Court Rules Against BP on Oil Spill Settlement Payments Dispute
Friday, April 05, 2013 A federal judge denies BP's plea to halt payments from a settlement fund set up to reimburse businesses and individuals for losses from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Judge Rules CSB Has Jurisdiction Over Deepwater Horizon Accident
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 A federal judge has ruled that the US Chemical Safety Board has jurisdiction to investigate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
Friday, March 22, 2013
BP Asks Court to Sanction Halliburton in Deepwater Horizon Trial
Friday, March 22, 2013 BP asks a federal judge to issue sanctions against Halliburton, alleging that the drilling contractor withheld evidence in the trial following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Friday, March 15, 2013
DOI: BP Can Bid for US Gulf Oil Leases Despite Suspension
Friday, March 15, 2013 BP can bid in the upcoming Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale but won't be granted a contract if a suspension from obtaining new contracts is still in force, the US Department of the Interior said.
Friday, March 08, 2013
BP Expects Some US Gulf Oil Spill Claims To Be Higher Than Anticipated
Friday, March 08, 2013 BP expects to pay more than previously anticipated in compensation for private economic and property damage stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, according to the company's annual report.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Transocean: BP Gave Low Flow Estimates of Gulf Spill
Saturday, March 02, 2013 Transocean says BP hampered efforts to stop the resulting gusher of oil by misleading government officials in the 2010 spill.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Court Testimony: BP Managers Under Cost-Cutting Pressure before Spill
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 BP's managers were under pressure to cut costs significantly in the years leading up to the Deepwater Horizon accident, according to testimony at the federal trial over liability for the 2010 explosion and oil spill.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Witness Says Deepwater Horizon Accident Was 'Classic Failure of Management'
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 An expert witness for plaintiffs suing BP says the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident was "a classic failure of management and leadership in BP," at the trial.
Monday, February 25, 2013
BP Has Around $14B After Tax to Cover US Civil Fines, Claims
Monday, February 25, 2013 BP has headroom of around $14B after tax credits to cover Clean Water Act fines as well as other claims and litigation costs stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster that aren't payable from its $20B, Moody's said.
Lawyer Says Transocean Failed to Train Drilling Rig Crews Properly
Monday, February 25, 2013 Transocean failed to train its drilling rig crews properly and didn't maintain key safety equipment on the doomed Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, a lawyer representing Gulf Coast businesses says.
Friday, February 22, 2013
US, States Mull Extending $16B Oil-Spill Settlement Offer to BP
Friday, February 22, 2013 The US Justice Department and Gulf Coast states are mulling offering BP a $16B deal to settle civil claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
US Judge OKs Transocean's $1B Civil Spill Settlement
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 A US federal judge approves Transocean's $1 billion civil settlement for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Transocean: US Judge Approves Criminal Settlement with DOJ
Thursday, February 14, 2013 A federal judge in New Orleans approves Transocean's $400 million criminal settlement with the US Justice Department over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
BP To Contest $34B Gulf Suits From State, Local Governments
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 BP plans to "vigorously contest" legal claims for tens of billions of dollars in damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, describing the lawsuits as "seriously flawed."
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Court Accepts BP Plea Resolving All Macondo Criminal Claims
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has accepted BP's plea resolving all federal criminal charges against the company stemming from the Deepwater Horizon accident, oil spill and response.
Friday, January 11, 2013
BP Files Motion to Establish No. of Barrels for Macondo CWA Penalty
Friday, January 11, 2013 BP has filed a court motion seeking to establish that the number of barrels of oil to be used for calculating Clean Water Act (CWA) civil penalties related to the Deepwater Horizon incident is substantially lower than U.S. government estimates.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Transocean Settles Deepwater Horizon Claims
Thursday, January 03, 2013 Transocean will plead guilty to one violation under the Clean Water Act and pay $1.4B in fines to settle Deepwater Horizon claims with DOJ.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
BP: Deepwater Horizon Well Intact, Survey Shows
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 BP said that an underwater survey showed that the well that unleashed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was intact.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
US Coast Guard Approves Another Inspection of Sunken Deepwater Horizon
Thursday, November 29, 2012 The U.S. Coast Guard approved BP and Transocean's plan to conduct another underwater inspection of the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon rig to discover the source of an oil slick floating in the GOM, the agency said.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
BP Will Pay $4.5B in Plea Deal over Macondo
Thursday, November 15, 2012 BP says it has reached an agreement with the US government to resolve all Federal criminal charges and claims by the SEC in return for $4.5B payment over five years.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
BP Plugs Openings in Underwater Dome After Oil Sheen in Gulf
Thursday, October 25, 2012 BP said it capped and plugged a containment dome left on the sea floor during the Deepwater Horizon disaster, thought to be the source of an oil sheen first spotted last month on the surface of the GOM.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
BP Urges Judge to Give Final Approval to Deepwater Settlement
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 BP urges a judge to accept its proposed plan to settle billions of dollars of claims due to economic loss in the Deepwater Horizon matter, countering objections raised by some of the thousands of class-action plaintiffs.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Pemex Signs Deal to Use BP's Well-Capping Technology in GOM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Pemex signs agreement with BP to share technical info about emergency well-capping in the deep waters of the GOM, with BP offering Pemex the benefit of lessons learned following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and response.
BP's Ability to Cover Macondo Costs Bolstered After TNK-BP Sale
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Fitch Ratings maintains its debt rating for BP but says BP should not be able to cover any further legal costs arising from the 2010 Macondo spill.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Robot Submarine Seeks Oil Sheen Source Near Deepwater Horizon Site
Monday, October 15, 2012 A submarine robot is seeking the source of a surface oil sheen that matched oil from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a spokesman for the US Coast Guard said.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
BP: Macondo Well Integrity Not Compromised
Thursday, October 11, 2012 BP says it has seen no evidence from a recent oil sheen that indicates the integrity of the Macondo well has been comprised.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Bacteria Removed At Least 200,000 Tons of O&G Following Macondo
Friday, September 14, 2012 Naturally-occurred bacteria in the GOM consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas following the Macondo spill, according to researchers at the Univ. of Rochester and A&M.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Transocean Seeks $1.5 Billion Settlement for Certain Macondo Claims
Monday, September 10, 2012 Transocean reported that it has been in discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice seeking to resolve certain civil and criminal claims related to Macondo for $1.5B over a period of years.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
US Justice Department Reiterates Tough Stance Against BP on Oil Spill
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 The US Department of Justice said it intends to prove that BP committed gross negligence or willful misconduct in the events leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, reiterating its previously stated stance against the UK oil giant.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Environmental Groups Seek Ruling on Chemical Oil Dispersants
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 A coalition of conservation, wildlife and public health groups from the GOM and Alaska are seeking to compel the EPA to issue a rule on chemical oil dispersants.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Transocean CEO: Making Progress on Deepwater Horizon Resolution
Thursday, August 02, 2012 Transocean is making progress towards a settlement in the Deepwater Horizon case, Chief Executive Steve Newman said.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
US Chemical Safety Board: Safety Lapses Led to BP Oil Spill
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 The US Chemical Safety Board said Transocean and BP had multiple deficiencies in their safety-management systems that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.
Monday, July 23, 2012
US Chemical Safety Board: Offshore Drillers Focus on Wrong Safety Data
Monday, July 23, 2012 A federal safety agency has determined that the offshore-drilling industry is relying on the wrong data in its quest to prevent major accidents like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Report: BP Nears $15B Settlement Over Gulf Oil Spill
Sunday, July 15, 2012 BP PLC is near to a settlement with U.S. authorities over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, said U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Central Gulf Lease Sale Marks First Since Deepwater Horizon Incident
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 BOEM will hold the first Central Gulf of Mexico lease sale since the Deepwater Horizon incident in April 2010.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Reuters: Judge Denies BP Access to White House Emails on Oil Spill
Monday, June 11, 2012 A U.S. federal judge ruled against BP's bid to gain access to 21 emails and other documents sent by the White House and other officials related to the 2010 oil spill, Reuters reported.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Financial Times: BP Wants Settlement Below $15B on 2010 Oil Spill
Friday, June 08, 2012 BP PLC hopes to pay less than $15 billion to settle all penalties with the Department of Justice over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Transocean Says Its Employees Unlikely to Face Oil Spill Charges
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Transocean said an executive misspoke when he said that the company expected the U.S. to file more charges against workers of companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Travel Restrictions Eased on BP Engineer Mix
Friday, May 18, 2012 Judge Daniel Knowles agreed to ease travel restrictions on Kurt Mix, who was charged with destroying evidence sought in the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bloomberg reported Friday.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Court Notifies Two Deepwater Horizon Spill Settlements
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 A notification effort ordered by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is beginning to notify people, businesses and other entities about 2 separate proposed settlements with BP E&P and BP America Production.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
US Judge Gives Preliminary OK to BP Settlement Over Gulf Spill
Thursday, May 03, 2012 A $7.8B legal settlement between BP and private plaintiffs over the 2010 GOM spill won the preliminary approval of a federal judge, The Times-Picayune reported.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Halliburton Files Protest Against BP Oil Spill Settlement
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Halliburton objects to BP's proposed $7.8B settlement with individual plaintiffs for the oil giant's involvement in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, according to filed court documents.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Two Years After Deepwater Horizon: Offshore Industry Back in Action
Friday, April 20, 2012 Much progress has been made since the Deepwater Horizon incident occurred two years ago. Rigzone examines how the offshore oil and gas industry is bouncing back.
Slower GOM Permitting Yields Reduced Production
Friday, April 20, 2012 The post-Macondo Gulf of Mexico regulatory environment is having an adverse impact on oil production in federal waters.
Post-Macondo Insurance Costs Rise, Short-Term Earnings Impact Not Yet Seen
Friday, April 20, 2012 E&P companies are paying insurance premiums 5 to 10% higher than 2011 for both deepwater exploration in the GOM and on the Gulf shelf following the Macondo oil spill, a Marsh Inc. advisor tells Rigzone.
Port Fourchon: Charting a Course for Recovery
Friday, April 20, 2012 Much has changed at the Gulf of Mexico's key shore base since the night of April 20, 2010.
Well Safety: The Human Factor
Friday, April 20, 2012 Rigzone takes a trip to the Shell Technology Centre at Rijswijk in the Netherlands to see how the company has improved its wells training after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
O&G Industry Bounces Back from Deepwater Horizon
Friday, April 20, 2012 Exploration and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico are intensifying since the oil slick has dispersed and the drilling rigs have returned.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
BP, Plaintiffs Reach Settlement Agreements for Deepwater Horizon Incident
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 BP has reached definitive and fully documented agreements with the PSC to resolve the substantial majority of eligible private economic loss and medical claims stemming from the Deepwater Horizon accident.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Studies: Oil Safety Weak Two Years After BP Spill
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Offshore drilling safety and oversight is still lacking two years after the massive BP oil spill sullied the U.S. Gulf Coast, two recent reports found.
Monday, April 16, 2012
BP, Plaintiffs Confirm Settlement Extension in Macondo Spill Agreement
Monday, April 16, 2012 BP and the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) confirmed that the U.S. District Court has extended the deadline for Settlement Agreement submission through Wednesday, April 18.
Saturday, March 03, 2012
BP, Plaintiffs Reach $7.8 B Deepwater Horizon Settlement
Saturday, March 03, 2012 An out-of-court settlement is reached between lawyers representing BP and thousands of individuals and businesses affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Monday, February 27, 2012
BP's Macondo Trial Delayed for a Week
Monday, February 27, 2012 BP CEO tells British press that a trial could last through 2014.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Mitsui Agrees to $90M Settlement in Deepwater Spill Case
Friday, February 17, 2012 Mitsui has agreed to pay $90 million to settle its Clean Water Act liability from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the GOM.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Judge Dismisses All Macondo Claims Against Weatherford International
Monday, February 13, 2012 US District Court Judge Carl Barbier said no evidence that the Weatherford float collar used in the production string of Macondo well was defective.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
BP Reiterates 'Fair and Reasonable' Stance After $17.6B Settlement Report
Thursday, February 09, 2012 BP is reportedly negotiating to pay as much as $17.6 billion in settlements over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
BP 'Preparing Vigorously' for Deepwater Horizon Trial
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 Chief Executive Bob Dudley maintains he is prepared to settle "on fair and reasonable terms" ahead of the limitation and liability trial scheduled to begin in New Orleans at the end of this month.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Judge: BP Must Cover Some Halliburton Damages for Macondo
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 BP must cover Halliburton's cleanup costs and economic losses related to the Macondo oil spill, a federal judge in New Orleans rules.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Judge Rules Transocean Indemnified for Macondo Spill Claims
Thursday, January 26, 2012 A federal judge has ruled BP is required to indemnify Transocean for compensatory damages related to the Macondo spill.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Dril-Quip Claims Dismissed in Deepwater Horizon Litigation
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Dril-Quip, Inc. announced that Judge Carl J. Barbier issued an order granting Dril-Quip's Motion for Summary Judgment and dismissing all claims asserted against Dril-Quip.
Friday, January 20, 2012
BP Strongly Refutes 'Speculation' it will Settle Macondo Case for $25B
Friday, January 20, 2012 BP would not comment on any reports that it has been in discussions with the US Department of Justice.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
NOAA Estimates Spill Rates from Deepwater Horizon
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 By combining detailed chemical measurements, NOAA scientists and academic colleagues have independently estimated how fast gases and oil were leaking during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
BP Says Halliburton Should Bear All Costs for Gulf Spill - Bloomberg
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 BP said all of its costs and damages from the deadly 2010 GOM oil spill and explosion should be paid by Halliburton, reported Bloomberg News.
Friday, December 16, 2011
BP Indemnifies Cameron for Deepwater Horizon Claims
Friday, December 16, 2011 Cameron on Friday announced an agreement with BP whereby BP will indemnify Cameron for current and future compensatory claims against Cameron associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Halliburton Responds to BP Court Filings
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 Halliburton responded Wednesday to BP's court filings saying BP mischaracterized the results.
BP Plans to Appeal Spill-Related Charges by US Regulators
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 BP plans to appeal charges by U.S. regulators that the company broke federal rules during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Monday, December 05, 2011
BP: Halliburton Destroyed Test Results On Deepwater Horizon Cement
Monday, December 05, 2011 BP accused Halliburton of destroying unfavorable results from tests on cement used to plug the leaking well in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Transocean Files Federal Motion Against BP
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 Transocean has filed a motion for summary judgment to compel BP to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Transocean for damages associated with the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Monday, October 17, 2011
BP Shares Surge After $4B Anadarko Settlement
Monday, October 17, 2011 BP shares opened sharply higher Monday after it reached a $4B out-of-court settlement with Anadarko related to an oil spill at a U.S. offshore drilling platform.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
US Issues Oil-Spill Violations to BP, Halliburton, Transocean
Thursday, October 13, 2011 US offshore-drilling officials issued their first violations stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill Wednesday, accusing BP and two of its contractors of breaking several rules.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
BOEMRE: BP, Transocean, Halliburton at Fault in Macondo Oil Spill
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 BOEMRE and U.S. Coast Guard concluded that BP, Transocean and Halliburton all share blame in the April 20, 2010 Macondo oil spill in the GOM.
Friday, September 02, 2011
Halliburton Sues BP In Texas; Alleges Misrepresentation
Friday, September 02, 2011 Halliburton filed a negligent misrepresentation, business disparagement and defamation lawsuit against BP related to the Macondo incident.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Transocean Briefs Investigation Report on Causes of Macondo Incident
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Transocean announced the release of an internal investigation report on the causes of the April 20, 2010, Macondo well incident in the GOM.
Monday, June 20, 2011
BP, Weatherford In Settlement on Deepwater Horizon
Monday, June 20, 2011 BP on Monday reached a settlement with Weatherford's U.S. subsidiary that indemnifies the oil-services company from future Deepwater Horizon-related disaster claims.
Friday, May 20, 2011
BP, MOEX Agree to $1.1B Settlement for Macondo Spill
Friday, May 20, 2011 BP has reached agreement with MOEX and its affiliates to settle all claims between the companies related to the Deepwater Horizon accident.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
BP Signs Agreement to Restore GOM Projects
Thursday, April 21, 2011 BP has signed a ground breaking agreement with federal and state agencies that will accelerate work starting this year to restore areas of the Gulf of Mexico that were affected by the Deepwater Horizon accident.
BP Files Suit Against Halliburton
Thursday, April 21, 2011 BP said it had filed a lawsuit against Halliburton, claiming its "misconduct" contributed to last year's Deepwater Horizon disaster that led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Playing 'Mother, May I' with BOEMRE
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 A closer look at the after-effects of the admin.'s deepwater drilling moratorium and gauging rig activity in shallow and deepwater GOM areas.
Dudley: The Lessons of Deepwater Horizon
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 BP's chief executive Bob Dudley comments on the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Deepwater Horizon Spurs Development of Spill Prevention Systems
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 The Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in April 2010 prompted the creation of oil spill response systems for use in the GOM and in the North Sea.
Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Looking back a year later at the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident, positioned at the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Unqualified Opinion - Literally
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 Lead investigator for DNV, which is overseeing forensic exam of Deepwater Horizon's BOP, admits at an investigative hearing that he had not seen a BOP prior to managing this project.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Transocean Workers Refuse to Testify on Deepwater Horizon
Friday, April 01, 2011 Employees of Transocean are refusing to testify before federal officials investigating the causes of the explosion and subsequent oil spill.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
BP Spill Study Says BOP Needs Further Work
Thursday, March 31, 2011 While the DNV report details the failure, the conclusions confirm the early belief of many drilling engineers consulted about the disaster.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
US Investigators: Trapped Piece of Drill Pipe Prevented Sealing of BP Well
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 A piece of drill pipe trapped inside the Deepwater Horizon's BOP kept the device from averting last year's massive oil spill in the GOM, said U.S. investigators.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Halliburton Disagrees with National Commission's BP Oil Spill Report
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Halliburton released a response to the findings of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling contained in its investigation report released to the public on Jan. 11, 2011.
Friday, January 07, 2011
A Good Week for BP, But It Still Faces Long Road to Recovery
Friday, January 07, 2011 BP has had a good start to 2011. Though it could hardly have been worse than the disaster that was 2010.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Oil Spill Fund Administrator Softens Stance on Claim Compensation
Friday, November 26, 2010 The overseer of a $20B oil-spill fund said he will allow claimants affected by the marine oil spill to keep getting temporary relief--as they ponder whether to seek a final lump-sum payment or to sue BP and other companies involved in the incident.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Panel Says Low Estimates of Gulf Spill Hurt Response
Monday, November 22, 2010 The inability of BP and govt officials to accurately gauge the amount of oil flowing from the blown-out GOM well contributed to the failure of an early effort to stop the leak.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Dust-Up Clouds Spill Test
Friday, November 12, 2010 A tiny federal agency that investigates deadly chemical accidents said it was being thwarted in its probe of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Monday, November 08, 2010
BP Spill Investigator: No Sign Money Put before Safety
Monday, November 08, 2010 Investigators concluded that decisions made by indiv. workers in developing the Macondo well might have made sense and weren't driven by money.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Halliburton Questions Cement Tests Related to Deepwater Spill
Friday, October 29, 2010 Halliburton questioned the cement tests by a task force looking into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, saying differences between those results and the company's "may be due to differences in the cement materials tested."
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Before BP Spill, Halliburton Tests Showed Unstable Cement
Thursday, October 28, 2010 Halliburton testing conducted before the BP GOM spill showed that cement similar to that pumped into the blown-out well would be unstable, but there is no evidence that the contractor sounded alarms to BP.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Spill Commission Faults Obama Spill Response
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 The Obama admin's response to the BP spill was affected by "a sense of over optimism" about the scale of the disaster, reported commission papers.
DNV to Investigate Deepwater Horizon BOP
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 DNV has been contracted by the Joint Investigation Team for the forensic examination of the BOP and lower marine riser package that was fitted to the Macondo well in GOM.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
NOAA Reopens GOM Waters to Fishing
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 NOAA reopened commercial and recreational fishing 2,927 square miles of Gulf waters off eastern Louisiana, directly south and southwest of East Bay.
Friday, October 01, 2010
BP Pledges $20B GOM Assets as Spill Collateral
Friday, October 01, 2010 BP has pledged seven GOM assets as collateral for the $20B Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust, set up to pay claims from the incident.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Obama Admin. Charges Ahead in GOM Restoration
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 The Obama administration has put forward an aggressive restoration plan, including a call for dedicated funds, to help strengthen the gulf region's environment, economy, and health following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Monday, September 20, 2010
BP to Join Marine Well Containment Co
Monday, September 20, 2010 BP announced its intent to join the proposed Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) and to make its underwater well containment equipment available to all oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf Coast Incident Management Team Established in New Orleans
Monday, September 20, 2010 The Unified Area Command will consolidate Incident Command Posts in Houma, La., and Mobile, Ala., into a Gulf Coast Incident Management Team located in New Orleans.
BP Macondo Well Declared Dead
Monday, September 20, 2010 BP confirmed that well kill ops on the MC252 well are now complete, with both the casing and annulus of the well sealed by cement.
Friday, September 17, 2010
BP to Complete Well Seal Saturday as Relief Well Finished
Friday, September 17, 2010 BP said it plans to complete the sealing of its Macondo well on Saturday as Transocean's Development Driller III rig has drilled the final 45 feet of a relief well.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Allen: BP Macondo Well to Be Sealed by Sunday - AP
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 BP's Macando well in the GOM should be permanently sealed by Sunday, the U.S. government's point man on the disaster said Wednesday.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
DOJ Signals Plans to File Civil Suit in Gulf Spill
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 The U.S. Justice Department expects to file a civil suit in relation to the DH disaster, asking the court handling hundreds of private cases to give government and state plaintiffs special consideration.
Monday, September 13, 2010
BP Re-Starts Relief Well Drilling Ops
Monday, September 13, 2010 BP re-started relief well drilling operations from the Development Driller III (DD3).
US Justice Department to Test Cement from BP's Macondo Well
Monday, September 13, 2010 Federal prosecutors plan to test the cement used in the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico, a step that will put under scrutiny BP's conclusion that the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history started with faulty cement.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
BP Releases Report on Deepwater Horizon Explosion
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 A report released by BP concludes that decisions made by "multiple companies and work teams" contributed to the Macondo well tragedy.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
BP to Support Study of Spill-Related Health Issues
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 BP announced it is providing $10 million to the NIH under its GOM Research Initiative to support a study of potential public health issues relating to the oil spill and other spill-related health research.
Monday, September 06, 2010
BP: US Dept of Justice Investigates BOP
Monday, September 06, 2010 BP reported that the he DWH BOP was lifted to the surface and taken into custody by the US Department of Justice as evidence in its ongoing investigation into the incident.
Friday, September 03, 2010
BP Spent $8B on Oil Spill, Plans to Resume Relief Well
Friday, September 03, 2010 BP has spent around $8B to date in response to the massive oil spill in the GOM and expects to resume its relief well drilling shortly.
BP Continues Ops to Replace Deepwater Horizon's BOP
Friday, September 03, 2010 Operations are now underway to replace the DWH drilling rig's failed BOP with the DDII drilling rig's BOP in order to allow operations to complete the relief well to resume.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
BP: Work Has Started on Removal of Capping Stack
Thursday, September 02, 2010 BP has begun operations to remove a capping stack above the Deepwater Horizon well, another step towards the replacement of a broken blow-out preventer and the ultimate killing of the well.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
BP to Give Spill Response Evaluation
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 BP will submit Wednesday a report evaluating lessons learned in its response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the BOEMRE, a company spokesman said.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Weather Stalls Replacing Macondo Well BOP
Monday, August 30, 2010 BP and U.S. officials said that efforts to remove a sealing cap and replace the BOP at the well that unleashed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are on hold due to inclement weather in the GOM.
Friday, August 27, 2010
BP Plans to Replace BOP Next Tuesday or Wednesday
Friday, August 27, 2010 BP plans to move ahead with the replacing the blowout preventer that sits atop the well that unleashed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, despite failing in attempts to remove pieces of drill pipe stuck inside the device.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
BP Deploys Advanced Monitoring Vehicles in GOM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 BP is deploying a new technology that will enable nearly constant monitoring by two satellite-controlled, unmanned vehicles.
Monday, August 23, 2010
BP to Begin Open Water Fishing Ops at MC252 Well
Monday, August 23, 2010 BP has been authorized to begin open water fishing operations from the MC252 Blow Out Preventer (BOP) following a successful ambient pressure test.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
BP Begins Flushing MC252 Subsea Equipment
Thursday, August 19, 2010 BP has been authorized to begin flushing drilling mud and hydrocarbons from the MC252 well sealing cap and the original Deepwater Horizon LMRP and BOP.
BP to Replace BOP on Ruptured Gulf Well
Thursday, August 19, 2010 BP will attempt to replace a damaged blow-out preventer before it permanently kills its ruptured deepwater GOM well.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
US Government: No Decision Yet on How to Proceed with 'Bottom Kill'
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 U.S. scientists and BP engineers are still pondering how to intersect a damaged deep-water well in the GOM to fill it with mud and cement.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Obama Admin. Sends 5th Bill for Spill
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 The Obama Administration sent a fifth bill for $167.9 million to BP and other responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
US Govt: Deepwater Horizon Salvage Work Could Start in September
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Preliminary work to salvage the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico could start in early September.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
US Government: Storm Delays Relief Well 2-3 Days
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 BP is delaying for two or three days its plan to completely kill a broken well in the GOM using a relief well due to the threat of a tropical cyclone forming in the area.
Monday, August 09, 2010
BP Deposits Initial $3B into Spill-Recovery Fund
Monday, August 09, 2010 BP has established a trust and made a $3 billion initial deposit of the previously-announced $20 billion escrow account to pay legitimate claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Today's Trends: Insurance Losses Not Major Event for P&C Insurance Market
Monday, August 09, 2010 The Deepwater Horizon incident will not be a major event for the P&C insurance industry, according to Towers Watson.
BP: No Oil Flowing into GOM, Continues Relief Well Ops
Monday, August 09, 2010 The MC252 well has been shut-in since July 15; there is currently no oil flowing into the Gulf.
Friday, August 06, 2010
BP Claim Payments Exceed $300MM
Friday, August 06, 2010 BP has paid $303 million in claim payments to more than 40,000 individuals and businesses impacted by the oil spill in the GOM.
BP Appoints New UAC Lead Representative
Friday, August 06, 2010 BP announced the appointment of Mike Utsler as BP's lead representative in the Unified Area Command (UAC).
Thursday, August 05, 2010
UPDATE: BP Completes Cementing Procedure at MC252 Well
Thursday, August 05, 2010 BP completed cementing operations at the MC252 well at 14:15 CDT, as part of the static kill procedure.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Macondo Well Reaches Static Condition
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 BP announced that the MC252 well appears to have reached a static condition -- a significant milestone.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Static Kill Procedure Starts on MC252 Well
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 Based on the results of the injectivity test, BP started pumping drilling mud as part of the static kill operations.
BP Institutes Actions to Expedite Claims for Gulf Coast Businesses
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 BP has instituted a series of actions to expedite claim payments to businesses impacted by the oil spill in the GOM, including establishing an Immediate Action Claims Team.
Monday, August 02, 2010
EPA Notes 2nd Phase of Toxicity Testing Data for Eight Oil Dispersants
Monday, August 02, 2010 The US EPA released peer reviewed results from the second phase of its independent toxicity testing on mixtures of eight oil dispersants with Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil.
BP Ready to Start 1st Phase of Static Kill
Monday, August 02, 2010 BP is poised to start the latest attempt to kill a damaged deepwater well in the GOM by flooding it with thousands of barrels of drilling mud.
Friday, July 30, 2010
BP Hires Witt to Advise, Support Response Effort
Friday, July 30, 2010 BP has hired Witt to support BP's work to restore Gulf Coast communities in the wake of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Abanaki's New Oil Skimmer Removes 56,000 Gallons of Oil in One Day
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Abanaki reported that its Fuzzy2 material being used on a disk oil skimmer in the Gulf picked up 56,000 gallons of oil in one day, tripled the removal rate of a standard disk without the material.
BP: Removed Storm Plug From Relief Well at Spill Site
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 BP said Wednesday that one of its drilling rigs successfully removed a storm plug placed on a relief well at the DH spill site.
BP to Pay Estimated $60MM in Advance Payments
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 BP will pay at least $60 million in advance payments in August to claimants across the Gulf Coast who have lost income or net profit due to the spill in the GOM.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
BP CEO: Confident Macondo Well Is Now Sealed
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 BP's Tony Hayward said Tuesday he is confident that the leaking Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico has been permanently sealed by the cap.
BP Prices GOM Spill Costs at $32.2B
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 BP has taken a pre-tax charge of $32.2B for the GOM oil spill, including the $20B escrow compensation fund previously announced.
Monday, July 26, 2010
US: Relief-Well Kill of BP's Broken Well to Start Soon
Monday, July 26, 2010 BP will reconnect a drilling ship with its relief well Monday, a signal that the co. is about two weeks away from beginning the final kill of its broken well.
BP to Reconnect, Resume Ops at MC252 Well
Monday, July 26, 2010 Following the passing of the weather system, the DDIII drilling rig returned to the relief well site and is taking steps necessary to reconnect with the well and resume drilling operations.
Friday, July 23, 2010
BP Suspends Relief-Well Activity Due to Bonnie
Friday, July 23, 2010 Relief well activities in GOM will be temporarily suspended because of potentially adverse weather associated with Tropical Storm Bonnie.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Allan: Storm Must Be Upgraded to Evacuate Spill Site
Thursday, July 22, 2010 If a tropical depression continues to head for the Gulf of Mexico and gains strength Thursday night, then the U.S. government may order an evacuation of drill ships and other vessels working at the site of the BP broken well, Allan said.
Weather Response Plan in Place for Spill
Thursday, July 22, 2010 The Unified Area Command center is tracking tropical weather near the Bahamas very closely and is constantly engaged in discussions with the National Hurricane Center, NOAA and FEMA to ensure the safety.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Bad Weather Could Slow Battle to Seal Gulf Oil Leak
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 US officials anxiously eying a patch of bad weather building in the Caribbean, just as they approach the end game in efforts to seal well.
Gulf Skimming Vessels Having 'Trouble' Finding Oil
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Some 750 boats drafted in to scoop up oil from the Gulf of Mexico are having "trouble" finding any crude in the sea.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Lawmakers Clash over Responsibility for GOM Spill
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Officials from the Bush admin. defended their oversight of the industry during the first congressional probe of the government's actions in the period before the BP oil spill.
BP Mulling New Method to Kill Macondo Well
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 BP is studying the possibility of plugging a deep-water spill in the U.S. Gulf by injecting drilling mud from the surface into the mouth of the leaking well, a company executive said Monday.
Monday, July 19, 2010
BP: Gulf Seafloor Hydrocarbon Seep Believed Natural
Monday, July 19, 2010 BP believes an unspecified amount of hydrocarbons seeping from the seafloor near the leaking Macondo well is natural and unrelated to the test of its new containment system, a company spokesman said Monday.
Bromwich to Host Drilling Safety, Spill Response Meetings Nationwide
Monday, July 19, 2010 Michael R. Bromwich will be leading a series of public meetings to collect information and views about deepwater drilling safety reforms, blowout containment, and oil spill response.
Admiral Allen Sends BP Letter about Monitoring Systems
Monday, July 19, 2010 Admiral Thad Allen sent BP a letter regarding monitoring systems after detecting a seepage near the the well.
BP: Pressure Rises Slowly at MC252
Monday, July 19, 2010 The pressure inside the well recently has been measured at approximately 6,792 pounds per square inch and continues to rise slowly, said BP officials.
Friday, July 16, 2010
BP Liable for Reporting, Royalties on O&G from Macondo
Friday, July 16, 2010 Interior's chief O&G regulatory official has informed BP that it must report all oil and gas-related activities at the damaged Macondo well and pay royalties on all oil and gas captured from the leaking well.
BP: Pressure Steadily Builds on Well During Test
Friday, July 16, 2010 BP's well integrity test survived the night as pressures steadily rose showing that a newly placed cap might have the ability to complete shut-in an overflowing well in the GOM.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
BP: No Oil Flowing into GOM
Thursday, July 15, 2010 BP said Thursday that no oil is flowing out of a broken well into the GOM as the co. tests the well with a new cap it had placed.
BP: Well Integrity Test Commences on MC252 Well
Thursday, July 15, 2010 Following installation of the capping stack and in line with the procedure approved by the National Incident Commander and Unified Area Command, the well integrity test on the MC252 well has commenced.
'Unexpected' Problem Delays BP Well Test
Thursday, July 15, 2010 BP's plans to test the integrity of an overflowing well in the GOM have been delayed again because of an "unexpected" problem.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
US Officials Delay Well Testing
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 The National Incident Commander announced that additional analysis of the well testing procedure should be performed before starting the well integrity test.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
BP: Mitsui Notified Co. It's Withholding Oil-Spill Payment
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Mitsui & Co. has notified BP that it's withholding reimbursement payments for expenses related to the massive oil spill in the GOM.
BP Starts Tests to Determine Success of New Cap
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 BP will perform tests Tuesday to see if the recently placed sealing cap has the ability to shut in the gushing well.
Capping Stack Installed on MC252 Well
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 The three ram capping stack was installed on the Deep Water Horizon LMRP at 7 p.m. CDT on July 12. The stack completes the installation of the new sealing cap.
Monday, July 12, 2010
BP Replaces LMRP Containment Cap, Ramps Containment Ops
Monday, July 12, 2010 BP began replacing the LMRP containment cap with a new sealing cap assembly that could contain all of the oil spewing from the well.
Friday, July 09, 2010
BP Could Start Work on New Spill Cap By Saturday - Coast Guard
Friday, July 09, 2010 BP could start work on a new effort to contain the oil gushing from the leak in the GOM on Saturday, the federal government's spill-recovery coordinator said Friday.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Chapman Freeborn Delivers Skimmer Boats to Aid GOM Spill Response
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has completed a high-profile cargo charter to deliver seven skimmer boats to help tackle the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP Modifies Vessels of Opportunity Program
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 Doug Suttles met with Vessels of Opportunity (VoO) participants to view operations and discuss a number of enhancements made to the VoO program.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
BP: Won't Issue New Equity to Cover Gulf Spill Costs
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 BP killed speculation by saying it won't issue new equity to raise money to cover the costs of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Monday, July 05, 2010
BP: 57MMcf of Gas Flared from GOM Well
Monday, July 05, 2010 On July 3, a total of approximately 25,198 barrels of oil were collected or flared by the two systems and 57.0 million cubic feet of gas were flared.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Coast Guard, EPA Issue Directive on Oil Spill Waste Management Plan
Friday, July 02, 2010 The U.S. Coast Guard and EPA issued a directive to BP on how the co. should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and liquid and solid wastes recovered in cleanup operations from the oil spill.
Paul Rubin: Why Is The Gulf Cleanup So Slow?
Friday, July 02, 2010 Economist Rubin assesses the major contributing factors for the delay in the cleanup process of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
BP: Production Back Online after Alex
Thursday, July 01, 2010 BP said Thursday that production from its western operations in the GOM that had been shut in due to Hurricane Alex is back online.
Hurricane Alex Disrupts GOM Oil Cleanup
Thursday, July 01, 2010 Choppy seas and high winds from Hurricane Alex were expected to disrupt Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup operations again Thursday, with large waves sweeping the oil slick into fragile marshes.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Dispersants Tests Show No Biologically Significant Disruption
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 None of the eight oil dispersants tested by the EPA displayed "biologically significant endocrine disrupting activity" in a first round of toxicity tests by the EPA.
Hurricane Alex Delays Spill Clean-Up Efforts
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Hurricane Alex disrupted the BP oil spill clean-up effort in GOM on Wednesday as the storm gathered strength and was expected to make landfall.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saratoga: No Material Impact from GOM Spill
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Saratoga announced that the GOM oil spill is not anticipated to have any material impact on its current or future operations, including its in-field development and drilling program.
Monday, June 28, 2010
BP: New System Will Increase Oil Containment
Monday, June 28, 2010 Preparations continue for the next step in containment operations and with the addition of this new system should increase total oil containment capacity to 40,000-50,000 barrels a day.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Spill Responders Brace for Hurricane Season's First Storm
Friday, June 25, 2010 The challenge of killing the flow from the GOM well will soon be compounded by the arrival of powerful storms in the summer.
First Relief Well Detects Macondo Wellbore
Friday, June 25, 2010 BP reported that the first relief well being drilled to stop the Macondo spill has reached a depth of 16,275' and the drillstring has been removed to carry out the first ranging run using wireline.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Dispersants Working to Break Up Oil, No Negative Consequences for Workers
Thursday, June 24, 2010 Nalco Chief Technology Officer Dr. Manian Ramesh welcomed the Federal government's assertion that the use of dispersants has resulted in "no exposure levels to any chemicals that are of any concern."
BP Based Spill Response Plan on Faulty US Data
Thursday, June 24, 2010 BP and other big oil companies based their plans for responding to a big spill in the GOM on U.S. government projections that gave very low odds of oil hitting shore.
Fluor Subsidiary Selected to Support BP's Gulf Coast Cleanup
Thursday, June 24, 2010 Fluor's subsidiary, Plant Performance Services (P2S), was selected by BP to execute two contracts to support its Gulf Coast cleanup efforts.
LMRP Reinstalled on Deepwater Horizon's BOP
Thursday, June 24, 2010 The LMRP cap containment system was successfully reinstalled on the Deepwater Horizon's failed blow-out preventer.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
NOAA Suspends Spill Trajectory Forecasts as Threat to Fl. Keys Subsides
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has suspended daily production of offshore Transocean/BP oil spill trajectory maps.
LMRP Cap Containment Ops Suspended
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 June 23rd at approximately 0845 CDT a discharge of liquids was observed from a diverter valve on the drillship Discoverer Enterprise.
BP Establishes New Gulf Coast Restoration Organization
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Effective immediately, Bob Dudley has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
BP to Donate MC252 Net Revenue to NFWF
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 BP announced that it will donate the net revenue it receives from the sale of oil recovered from the MC252 spill to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
IHS CERA: Costs of Building, Operating Upstream Facilities Bottomed Out
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Capital costs level off and operating costs show modest rise one year after sharp fall, but the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could renew downward pressure on costs in the future.
Monday, June 21, 2010
OMSA Proposes System to Put Vessels to Work on Oil Spill
Monday, June 21, 2010 OMSA has proposed to BP and the U.S. Coast Guard that they create a smooth, efficient system to be sure vessel owners know what marine assets are needed to combat the Gulf oil spill.
BP Blunted White House Demands
Monday, June 21, 2010 BP has succeeded in pushing back on two White House proposals it considered unreasonable, said officials familiar with the matter.
BP Issues More Than 31,000 Checks along Gulf Coast
Monday, June 21, 2010 BP has issued more than 31,000 checks in the past seven weeks to residents along the Gulf Coast.
BP Recovers 11,050 BOE, 26.5MMcf of Natural Gas at Gulf
Monday, June 21, 2010 On June 19, a total of approximately 11,050 barrels of oil was collected and 25.6 million cubic feet of natural gas was flared.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Oil Spill Cleanup Delayed Due to Contractor Insurance Requirements
Friday, June 18, 2010 Many contractors stand ready to help save the Gulf of Mexico, but rigid insurance requirements are thwarting their efforts.
Federal Testing Proves Dispersants Safe, Effective
Friday, June 18, 2010 Further federal testing has concluded that the use of the COREXIT dispersant remains a safe, effective, and critical tool in mitigating additional damage in the Gulf.
Admiral Allen: 25,000Bopd Captured from Gulf Leak
Friday, June 18, 2010 Responders at the site of the mile-deep spill in the GOM captured some 25,000 barrels of oil Thursday, the U.S. government-appointed leader of the response effort said Friday.
Dockwise Delivers Vessel to Oil Spill
Friday, June 18, 2010 Dockwise announced its commitment to assist with the oil spill clean up in the Gulf of Mexico.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Dallas Skimmer Owner: Waive Jones Act to Aid Gulf Effort
Thursday, June 17, 2010 Fred McCallister asks for a limited waiver of the Jones Act to enable 12 to 25 foreign flagged skimmer ships to assist in clean-up efforts in the Gulf.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Transocean Not Responsible for Fluids Coming from Well
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Transocean chief executive Steven Newman said his company is not responsible for "fluids emanating from the well."
BP Establishes $20B Claims Fund for Oil Spill
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Following a meeting with the President of the United States, the BP Board announced an agreed package of measures to meet its obligations as a responsible party arising from the DH spill.
At a Glance: BP Execs Meet with Obama Administration
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Carl-Henric Svanberg, Tony Hayward and other company executives are meeting with President Obama and VP Joe Biden at the White House.
BP Commences Additional Containment System Ops
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 BP announced that oil and gas is flowing through a second containment system attached to the DH rig's failed blow out preventer (BOP).
Discover Enterprise Resumes Containment Ops
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 At 2:15 p.m. CDT, the Discoverer Enterprise resumed containment operations following a short outage caused by a lightning strike.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
BP Names Independent GRI Advisory Council
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 BP announced names of the scientific experts who will form GRI's independent Advisory Council.
3 Gulf Research Institutions to Receive First Round of $500MM Funding
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 BP announced significant progress in its half-billion dollar pledge to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI).
BP Approves Payments of Commercial Large Loss Claims
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 BP has approved initial payments toward 90% of commercial large loss claims that have been filed as a result of financial losses of the DH incident and spill.
Lightning Strikes Discoverer Enterprise
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 At approximately 9:30 am CDT, a small fire was observed at the top of the derrick on the Discoverer Enterprise.
Allan Ensures Expedited Jones Act Waiver Processing Should it Be Needed
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Admiral Thad Allen announced the development of specific guidance to ensure accelerated processing of requests for Jones Act waivers should they be received as a part of the BP oil spill response.
US Oil Executives Testify at House Hearing on Gulf Spill
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 U.S. oil executives will tell Congress that the industry should understand what happened and learn from the catastrophic failure.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Helix Contracted for GOM Spill Response
Monday, June 14, 2010 Helix announced that its Floating Production Unit, the Helix Producer I (HPI), has been contracted by BP to assist in BP's GOM oil spill response operations.
BP: LMRP Continues to Collect, Transport O&G
Monday, June 14, 2010 The LMRP containment cap continues to collect oil and gas flowing from the MC252 well and transport them to the Discoverer Enterprise drillship on the surface.
Friday, June 11, 2010
USGS Updates Macondo Well Flow Estimates
Friday, June 11, 2010 USGS now estimates that the level of oil flowing from the Macondo well prior to June 3 could range between 20,000 b/d and 40,000 b/d of oil.
Rep Rahall Asks Anadarko to Donate Over Spill
Friday, June 11, 2010 Representatives member is asking Anadarko to donate money to help rehabilitate coastlines in the region.
BP Grants Additional $75MM to Gulf States
Friday, June 11, 2010 BP announced it is providing the States of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi with additional $75 million grants to continue implementation of the State's Area Contingency Plan.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
BP Preps for Additional LMRP Enhancements
Thursday, June 10, 2010 Preparations for additional planned enhancements to the LMRP containment system continue to progress.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
BP to Donate MC252 Net Revenue to Rehabilitate Wildlife
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 BP announced that it will donate the net revenue from oil recovered from the MC252 spill to create a new wildlife fund to create, restore, improve and protect wildlife habitat.
Dept. of Energy Makes Oil Spill Details Public
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that Department is providing online access to schematics, pressure tests, diagnostic results and other data about the malfunctioning blowout preventer.
BP Increases Oil Collection; Nears Processing Limit
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 BP said Tuesday that it collected 14,800 barrels on Monday from a leaking deepwater well in the Gulf of Mexico, a sharp increase from the previous day's rate and putting the company close to the limit of how much oil it can process in the near term.
BP Begins Funding 6 Berms Immediately
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 BP announced that it will make an immediate payment of $60 million to the State of Louisiana.
Monday, June 07, 2010
BP Spill Costs Reach $1.25B; Cap Effort Continues
Monday, June 07, 2010 BP said the cost of its response to the GOM spill had reached $1.25B as it continued its attempts to contain more leaking crude.
BP's LMRP Continues to Collect Oil from Spill
Monday, June 07, 2010 The lower marine riser package (LMRP) containment cap continues to collect oil and gas flowing from the well and transport them to the Discoverer Enterprise drillship on the surface.
Friday, June 04, 2010
MOP Environmental to Supply Products for Oil Spill
Friday, June 04, 2010 MOP Environmental Solutions has received a Purchase Order from BP to send oil spill absorbent booms to the Gulf of Mexico for the ongoing oil spill clean up efforts.
New Effort to Collect; Review Oil Spill Response Solutions
Friday, June 04, 2010 The Interagency Alternative Technology Assessment Program workgroup announced a new effort to collect and review oil spill response solutions from scientists and vendors.
Shaw Clinches Construction of La. Coastline
Friday, June 04, 2010 The Shaw Group has been awarded a contract by the state of Louisiana's Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration for overall project management and construction of barrier island temporary berms in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
BP Deploys LMRP Containment Operation
Friday, June 04, 2010 BP announced that oil and gas is being received onboard the Discoverer Enterprise following the successful placement of a containment cap on top of the Deepwater Horizon's failed blow-out preventer (BOP).
BP Chairman, CEO Respond to GOM Oil Spill
Friday, June 04, 2010 Carl-Henric Svanberg and Tony Hayward reported that the company's response to the GOM oil spill is their top priority, along with rebuilding trust and confidence in BP and ensuring that such an accident never happens again.
BP Tags $360MM for La. Construction
Friday, June 04, 2010 BP has established a $360 million escrow account to fund immediately the construction of six sections of Louisiana barrier islands.
Hayward: What BP Is Doing About the Gulf Gusher
Friday, June 04, 2010 BP CEO Tony Hayward narrates BP's compassion, actions, and lessons learned relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
GOM Shallow Drilling to Continue Despite News to Contrary
Thursday, June 03, 2010 Recent reports have circulated that the MMS was not going to issue any shallow water drilling permits. However, the Interior Department has reiterated that shallow drilling will continue, albeit with new requirements and refiling of plans.
GOM Rig Activity Could Take 1 to 2 Years to Recover to Half Current Level
Thursday, June 03, 2010 The near-term outlook for the GOM drilling operations remains uncertain as operators seek to clarify how MMS' NTL to cease deepwater drilling activity and six-month ban on new deepwater drilling permits will affect their Gulf operations.
White House to Send BP $69MM for Gulf Clean-Up Efforts
Thursday, June 03, 2010 The White House is planning to send BP a bill Thursday for $69 million to cover the costs of cleaning up the oil disaster in the Gulf coast.
BP CEO: Well Head Ready for Cap; May Know Success Within 24 Hours
Thursday, June 03, 2010 BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said Thursday that the company has finished cutting away the mangled riser of its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Calculus Of Announcing The Investigation
Thursday, June 03, 2010 Nonetheless, Attorney General Eric Holder went ahead and disclosed the department's civil and criminal probes of the disaster Tuesday, confirming an ongoing investigation into a highly publicized event.
NOIA Calculates Econ Impact of Moratorium
Thursday, June 03, 2010 Preliminary estimates show crippling job loss and significant economic impacts will result from the President's recent order in GOM.
Anadarko Ceases Drilling Ops in GOM
Thursday, June 03, 2010 Anadarko ceased all drilling operations in the Gulf in accordance with the Dept. of the Interior's deepwater drilling moratorium.
BP to Fund Construction of 6 Sections of La. Barrier Islands
Thursday, June 03, 2010 BP announced that it supports the U.S. government's decision to proceed with the construction of six sections of the Louisiana barrier islands proposal.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Nalco: Govt Has Established Dispersant's Safety, Effectiveness
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 "The use of COREXIT dispersants to break up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico has been widely acknowledged by government officials as a safe, effective and proven response," said Dr. Manian Ramesh.
In Pictures: Macondo Leak
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 A series of photos showing oil spewing forth from the Macondo well.
In Pictures: Cutting the Riser
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 A collection of images from the ROV operations working to sever the twisted riser pipes leading from the Deepwater Horizon BOP stack.
Coast Guard: Not Sure How Smooth Cut Can Be
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 BP, under increasing pressure to contain the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has hit a snag while trying to sever a pipe connected to the well that has spewed oil for the past six weeks.
Market Report: BP Spill Impacts Oil Prices
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 The BP oil spill finally had a noticeable impact on the front end oil futures.
NOAA Expands Gulf Fishing Boundaries
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 NOAA has extended the northern and southern boundaries of the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to capture portions of the slick moving into waters off eastern Alabama and the western tip of the Florida panhandle.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Obama Outlines Scope of BP Oil Spill Commission
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 President Barack Obama said he wants a commission he created to thoroughly investigate the catastrophic Gulf oil spill.
BP to Cap Fractured Pipe in Next 24 Hours
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 BP hopes to place a cap on a fractured oil pipe and contain the Gulf of Mexico spill within the next 24 hours, a top company official said Tuesday.
Landry Resumes Role as District Commander
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Rear Admiral Mary Landry will rotate back to her role as Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District to ensure continuity of leadership during the 2010 Hurricane Season.
Unified Command Warns of Employment Scam
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Individuals falsely representing themselves as BP employees are offering applicants training and promising job placement for a fee.
BP Preps Deployment of LMRP
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Preparations are ongoing for deployment of the lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap containment system.
BP Enhances LMRP Strategy
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 BP plans to further enhance the lower marine riser package (LMRP) containment system currently scheduled to be deployed this week with further measures that are expected to keep additional oil out of the Gulf of Mexico.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
BP Turns to LMRP Cap Containment System
Sunday, May 30, 2010 Top kill did not overcome the flow from the well. The government and BP have decided to move to the next step in the subsea operations, the deployment of the Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) Cap Containment System.
Friday, May 28, 2010
BP Suspends Top Kill for a Second Time
Friday, May 28, 2010 BP has suspended its "top kill" effort to plug the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico for the second time in two days, the New York Times reports.
BP 'Plugs Junk' into BOP in Latest Top Kill Stage
Friday, May 28, 2010 BP said Friday it had carried out a new procedure to plug its stricken well on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico in the latest phase of its complex operation.
BP: Top Kill May Extend Another 48 Hours
Friday, May 28, 2010 Operations on the top kill procedure continue.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Top Kill Shows Signs of Success
Thursday, May 27, 2010 In a Thursday afternoon press briefing, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles reported that the top kill operation was going according to plan.
API's Gerard Cites Concerns About Drilling Delays
Thursday, May 27, 2010 The American Petroleum Institute opposes lengthy or open-ended delay of offshore oil and natural gas development, as proposed by the administration.
Nalco Sets the Record Straight on Dispersant
Thursday, May 27, 2010 COREXIT 9500, the only dispersant Nalco is manufacturing to help break up the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexicoo, is a simple blend of six well-established, safe ingredients that biodegrade.
Lloyd's Estimates Net Claims from BP Incident
Thursday, May 27, 2010 Lloyd's announced its current estimates for the net claims from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
Feds Estimate Flow Rate from BP Well
Thursday, May 27, 2010 The National Incident Command's Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG) has developed an independent, preliminary estimate of the amount of oil flowing from BP's leaking oil well.
Allen: La. Can Proceed with Barrier Islan Plan
Thursday, May 27, 2010 Admiral Thad Allen approved the implementation of a section of Louisiana's barrier island project proposal that could help stop oil from coming ashore.
BP to Appoint Mediator for Claims Process
Thursday, May 27, 2010 BP will appoint an Independent Mediator to review and assist in the claims process for the spill.
Unlikely Decisions Set Stage for BP Disaster
Thursday, May 27, 2010 API Well No. 60-817-44169 threw up many challenges to its principal owner, BP, swallowing expensive drilling fluid and burping out dangerous gas.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
BP to Provide Live Feed During Top Kill
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 BP confirmed it will continue to provide live video feeds from the seabed throughout the planned top kill procedure.
US to Toughen Drilling Rules
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 President Obama is to impose tougher safety requirements and more rigorous inspections on offshore drilling ops.
BP: Top Kill Procedure Could Take 2 Days
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Subsea efforts continue to focus on progressing options to stop the flow of oil from the well.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
NOAA: Fishing Ban Now Covers 22% of Gulf Federal Waters
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 NOAA has extended the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to match the Louisiana state waters closure west of the current boundaries.
Feds Order Dispersant Scale-Back But Admit Minimal Impact
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 The U.S. government ordered BP to cut its use of chemical dispersants by 50% to 75%.
BP Progressing LMRP in Parallel with Top Kill
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 BP on Tuesday provided an update on developments in the response to the MC252 oil well incident in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP Investigation Focuses on 7 Control Mechanisms
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 BP's internal investigation team began sharing initial perspectives of its review of the causes of the tragic fire and spill.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Top Kill Forecast for Wednesday
Monday, May 24, 2010 BP has scheduled its so-called top kill procedure for Wednesday during the daytime and should know by Wednesday night if the strategy is successful.
Senators: Lift Moratorium on New Shallow Drilling
Monday, May 24, 2010 Senators are urging the Obama Admin. to exclude shallow water platforms from its moratorium on issuing new offshore drilling permits.
BP Pledges $500MM for Spill Research
Monday, May 24, 2010 BP committed up to $500 million to an open research program studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon incident.
BP Continues to Develop Top Kill Ops
Monday, May 24, 2010 BP continues to develop a top kill operation to stem the flow of oil and gas and ultimately kill the well.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Current Top Kill Forecast: Tuesday at the Earliest
Friday, May 21, 2010 BP could deploy the top kill method at the leaking Macondo well as early as Tuesday.
BP Launches Live Webcam of Riser Flow
Friday, May 21, 2010 BP has launched a live webcam of the riser flow at the site of the Macondo well.
Spill May Force Long-term Rise in Insurance Cost
Friday, May 21, 2010 Insurers, previously concerned with hurricanes sinking offshore platforms, are reconsidering the risk of drilling when skies are clear.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
EPA Orders BP to Change Chemical Dispersant in GOM
Thursday, May 20, 2010 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it has ordered BP to use a different chemical dispersant to break up oil gushing out of a broken underground pipe in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP May Deploy 'Top Kill' Gear Early Next Week
Thursday, May 20, 2010 BP could deploy equipment Sunday or early next week in order to start "top kill" to stem the flow of oil leaking into the GOM.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
NOAA: Small Portion of Sheen Enters Loop Current
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 NOAA's latest observations indicate that a small portion of the oil slick has reached the Loop Current in the form of light to very light sheens.
Tar Balls in Fl. Keys Unrelated to Spill
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 The Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory analyzed a sampling of tar balls discovered on Florida Keys shoreline Tuesday and determined that none of the collected samples are from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Spill Clouds Future for Service Providers
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 The oil spill is clouding the immediate future for oilfield-service providers--but could be profitable for them in the long term.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Nalco Reports Sales Impact of Gulf Response, Solicits Funding Inquiries
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Nalco announced Monday that its efforts to meet Gulf oil spill respondent requests for dispersants will have generated about $40 million in sales by the end of the week.
Platts: Change Merits Consideration for MMS
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Randall Luthi, former director of the Minerals Management Service, said Sunday that "some kind of change has to be contemplated" at the agency in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP Awards Tourism Grants to Gulf States
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 BP announced grants to each of the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to help their Governors promote tourism around the shores of the Gulf of Mexico over the coming months.
BP Drills Ahead to Stop Oil Flow
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Subsea efforts continue to focus on progressing options to stop the flow of oil from the well through interventions via the blow out preventer (BOP), and to collect the flow of oil from the leak points.
Obama to Name Panel to Probe Spill
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 President Obama will name a special commission to investigate the GOM oil spill, an administration official said.
Monday, May 17, 2010
BP to Boost Oil Siphoning
Monday, May 17, 2010 BP said Monday it will seek to double the amount of oil it is siphoning from a leaking deepwater well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to minimize the environmental impact as the company works toward a permanent solution to the spill.
BP Exec: Tube Siphoning One-Fifth of Leak
Monday, May 17, 2010 The tube inserted by BP into a ruptured oil pipe is sucking up about one-fifth of the crude spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, a top company official said Monday.
BP Spuds Second Relief Well
Monday, May 17, 2010 BP has begun drilling the second relief well to intercept and isolate the wellbore of the leaking Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
BP Reports Progress with Riser Insertion Tube
Sunday, May 16, 2010 BP PLC said Sunday it was able to reroute some oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico through a siphon system.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
BP Tries Again to Siphon Crude from Gulf Leak
Saturday, May 15, 2010 BP PLC (BP) said Saturday its latest effort to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by siphoning crude from the deepwater well faced an initial setback, but could be operational overnight.
Friday, May 14, 2010
BP to Try, Siphon Oil in 24 Hours
Friday, May 14, 2010 BP will use a tube to try and siphon oil from the large leak a mile down in the Gulf of Mexico, and expects to have it in place within the next 24 hours, a company spokesman said.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
BP Stretches Top Hat Time Frame
Thursday, May 13, 2010 BP will deploy the top hat-shaped dome over the next few days, or possibly next week.
BP Continues Subsea Efforts to Stop, Contain Oil Spill
Thursday, May 13, 2010 Subsea efforts continue to focus on to stop the flow of oil from the well and attempts to contain the flow of oil at source.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Top Hats May Be Operational Friday
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BP expects to deploy two "top hat" devices with different functions at the site of the leaking Macondo well by Friday, the company's chief operating officer said Wednesday.
Feds Offer Scientific, Technical Support to BP
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Ken Salazar and Steven Chu traveled to Houston to participate in meetings with DOE and national lab staff, industry officials and other engineers and scientists involved in finding solutions to cap the flow of oil and contain the spill.
Top Hat Reaches Seafloor - Report
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 The two-ton containment dome nicknamed the "top hat" descended to the seafloor near the leaking Macondo well overnight, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
MMS Toughens Oversight of O&G Ops
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Ken Salazar will enforce laws and regulations that apply to O&G companies operating on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Execs Point Fingers over Oil Spill
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Executives of the three main companies connected with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill pointed fingers at each other in U.S. Senate testimony Tuesday as lawmakers criticized them and federal offshore-drilling regulators.
Interior to Propose MMS Split - Report
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 According to reports from Dow Jones Newswires and the Associated Press, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is set to announce plans to break up the Minerals Management Service (MMS) into two divisions.
Monday, May 10, 2010
'Top Hat' Should Be In Place This Week
Monday, May 10, 2010 A smaller version of the containment dome should be operational by the end of the week, BP officials predicted Monday.
BP Preps Second, Smaller Dome
Monday, May 10, 2010 A second, smaller containment dome is being readied to lower over the main leak point.
MMS Completes Rig Inspections
Monday, May 10, 2010 MMS has completed its inspection of all 30 deepwater drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sunday, May 09, 2010
BP Considers Alternatives
Sunday, May 09, 2010 The first attempt to contain leaking crude oil from the Macondo well failed after gas hydrates accumulated inside the cofferdam.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Deepwater Horizon: Gas Hydrates Create Setback
Saturday, May 08, 2010 During a Saturday afternoon press conference, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles reported that gas hydrates had accumulated inside the containment dome.
Coast Guard, MMS to Launch Investigation
Saturday, May 08, 2010 Beginning on Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and MMS will co-chair an investigation to identify the factors leading to the explosion, loss of life, sinking, and subsequent oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon.
Saturday, May 08, 2010 The nearly 100-ton containment dome was positioned over the leaking Macondo well late Friday afternoon.
Friday, May 07, 2010
'We Are Very Thankful for the Weather'
Friday, May 07, 2010 Mother Nature has been providing valuable assistance to the Deepwater Horizon response by way of sunny skies and calm seas.
NOAA Expands Gulf Fishing Ban
Friday, May 07, 2010 NOAA announced Friday afternoon that it has modified and expanded the boundaries of the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico.
ROVs Attempting to Align Dome - Report
Friday, May 07, 2010 According to an Associated Press report on the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Web site, a BP spokesman said that the concrete and steel containment dome was suspended above the leaking Macondo well.
MMS Ceded Oversight of Rig Safety to Oil Drillers
Friday, May 07, 2010 The small U.S. agency that oversees offshore drilling doesn't write or implement most safety regulations, having gradually shifted such responsibilities to the oil industry itself for more than a decade.
Cofferdam Begins Descent
Friday, May 07, 2010 BP on Thursday began lowering the containment dome at the site of the leaking Macondo well, approximately 5,000 feet below the surface.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Remembering Our Brothers
Thursday, May 06, 2010 The Rigzone Family would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the families and friends affected by the Deepwater Horizon Tragedy.
200+ Lawyers Meet in New Orleans to Discuss BP Lawsuits
Thursday, May 06, 2010 On Wednesday, according to a report from Bloomberg, more than 200 lawyers met in New Orleans to discuss combining cases in an effort to speed up judgement against BP and its codefendants.
Feds Delay Plans for Va. Offshore Drilling
Thursday, May 06, 2010 The Obama administration on Thursday canceled meetings that were key to proceeding with new leases to drill off the coast of Virginia.
Oil Reaches La. Coast - Officials
Thursday, May 06, 2010 Officials with the Deepwater Horizon Response coalition confirmed Thursday that a thin sheen of crude oil has reached the Louisiana coast.
NOAA Enlists Recon Aircraft in Spill Assessment
Thursday, May 06, 2010 NASA will use its ER-2 aircraft to provide high-resolution images of the threatened Gulf shoreline.
Market Loss from Event Could Be $3.5B
Thursday, May 06, 2010 In its quarterly earnings report released Thursday, Swiss Re gave its pre-tax, provisional estimate of the loss from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig: $200 million.
Cofferdam Arrives at Leak Site
Thursday, May 06, 2010 A 100-ton concrete and steel cofferdam has arrived at the site of an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Analysis: Transocean Stock Lost 20% Of Its Value
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 During the week following the loss of the Deepwater Horizon, the stock lost nearly 20% of its value, representing a $6 billion decrease in the company's market cap from $30 billion to $24 billion.
Cofferdam Heads to Wellsite
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 The containment dome that will be placed over the Macondo well site to capture leaking crude oil departed Port Fourchon, La., late Wednesday afternoon.
NOAA: Sea Turtle Strandings, Oil Spill Do Not Appear Linked
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been investigating a series of sea turtle strandings that have been reported from Alabama through the Louisiana Delta since April 30.
Analysis: BP Loses $28 Billion in Market Cap
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon incident and the ensuing oil spill, investors have flocked away from BP, driving the company's valuation down $28 billion.
Coast Guard: Oil Slick Not Moving, More Booms on the Way
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 So far the slick is largely staying put offshore.
Unified Command Okays Controlled Burn
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 Favorable weather conditions have allowed responders to prepare to conduct a controlled burn today, the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center reported late Wednesday morning.
BP Provides States $100M for Contingency Plans
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 BP announced Wednesday that it has made $25 million block grants to each of the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to help accelerate the implementation of Area Contingency Plans (ACPs).
Unified Command Activated for Florida's West Coast
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 In response to the possibility of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affecting the West Coast of Florida, representatives from BP, the Coast Guard, and the State of Florida are meeting to plan a multi-agency response.
BP Caps Leak #1
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 BP announced Wednesday morning that it stopped the flow of oil from one of the three existing leak points overnight.
Loop Current Should Stay Away from Spill - NOAA
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 A top NOAA scientist does not expect the Loop current that flows through the Gulf of Mexico to move toward the Macondo oil spill.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
API Briefs Oil Spill Task Forces
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 In the wake of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. oil and natural gas industry has formed two task forces to address both short- and long-term issues related to offshore equipment and offshore operating practices.
Virginia Gov. Still Supports Offshore Drilling
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 Speaking at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston Monday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell reiterated his support for opening his state to offshore drilling.
Deepwater Horizon: A Firsthand Account
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 An anonymous caller contacted the Mark Levin Show to clarify the events that preceded the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Rigzone has transcribed this conversation for your convenience.
Pentagon Okays More National Guard Troops for Spill Response
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 The Pentagon has approved requests from three southern states to bankroll the deployment of thousands of National Guard troops to help respond to the massive oil slick off the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Louisiana Sends Coastal Protection Plans to Coast Guard, BP
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted the coastal parish plans to protect the state's wetlands from the effects of oil that continues to spill into the Gulf at an estimated rate of around 210,000 gallons a day.
Anadarko to Assist with Spill Response
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 Anadarko Chief Executive Jim Hackett said that the company will assist in the industry-wide effort to contain the oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and would not hesitate to protect the company and its shareholders.
Secretary Salazar to Create OCS Safety Board
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 The Department of the Interior will establish a new Outer Continental Shelf Safety Board, conduct a full review of offshore drilling safety and technology issues, and further tighten oversight of industry equipment testing.
BP Spuds Relief Well for Oil Spill
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 BP announced Tuesday that work has begun to drill a relief well to intercept and isolate the oil well that is spilling oil in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Oil Containment System Could Deploy Next Weekend
Monday, May 03, 2010 The large structure designed to contain hydrocarbons from the leaking wellhead causing the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico could be deployed as soon as six days from now.
Commodities Quiet as All Eyes on GOM Shipping in Horizon Aftermath
Monday, May 03, 2010 The price of light, sweet crude oil rose slightly on Monday, settling up four cents, while Henry Hub natural gas rose eight cents as markets paused to try to gauge the short and long terms effects of the Horizon accident.
BP Attacks Oil Spill from Multiple Angles
Monday, May 03, 2010 On Sunday BP said that a third rig, the Development Driller II, is going to be deployed at Mississippi Canyon 252 to drill a second relief well and that both relief wells will be drilled simultaneously.
BP Ramps Up Shoreline Protection Plans
Monday, May 03, 2010 BP has launched the next phase of its effort to contain and clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, with a significant expansion of onshore preparations in case spilled oil should reach the coast.
Overflights Show No Impact on US Shores
Monday, May 03, 2010 New overflights Monday of the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, which had been suspended for days due to bad weather, showed no evidence of oil impacts on U.S. shores, the coast guard said.
BP Vows to Pay 'Necessary and Appropriate' Spill Costs
Monday, May 03, 2010 BP vowed to pay "all necessary and appropriate clean-up costs" from the U.S. oil pollution disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Oil Slick Causes Production Shut-in
Saturday, May 01, 2010 Two platforms have stopped production and one has been evacuated as a safety measure due to the oil slick caused by the blow-out of the Macondo well.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Gibbs: Deepwater Horizon Aftermath Could Affect Next Lease Sale
Friday, April 30, 2010 The review of the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster ordered by President Barack Obama could affect future OCS leases, including the next Gulf lease sale in August, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.
Halliburton Briefs Cementing Facts on Rig Incident
Friday, April 30, 2010 Halliburton confirmed its continued support of, and cooperation with, the ongoing investigations into the deepwater Horizon drilling rig incident in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month.
White House Halts 'New Drilling' Until Cause Identified
Friday, April 30, 2010 A top adviser in the Obama Administration has claimed that no new oil drilling will be authorized until federal authorities learn what caused the explosion of Transocean's Deepwater Horizon semisub.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
U.S. Govt. Issues Safety Review of All Offshore Rigs
Thursday, April 29, 2010 The Obama Administration Thursday escalated its response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and is ordering a safety review of all offshore rigs.
In Situ Burn Conducted on Oil Slick; Spill Volume Revised
Thursday, April 29, 2010 Yesterday, an in situ burn was conducted on parts of the offshore oil slick. U.S. government officials have revised estimates of the Macondo spill's volume to 5,000 barrels per day, or five times the original figure.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
U.S. Coast Guard to Burn Portions of Gulf Oil Slick
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 The Coast Guard will perform an in situ burn on portions of an oil slick that is spreading closer to the U.S. Gulf coastline.
U.S. Govt Investigates Deepwater Horizon Incident
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have jointly launched a full investigation into the Deepwater Horizon incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Unified Command Continues Intervention, Spill Response Plan
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Unified Command continues with a comprehensive oil well intervention and spill response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Rig Personnel Evacuated from Ocean Endeavor
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 On Monday, April 26, rig personnel were evacuated from Diamond Offshore's Ocean Endeavor, on location at Mississippi Canyon Block 211, due to the spreading oil flows emanating from nearby Mississippi Canyon 252.
BP's Relief Well to Halt Oil Spill Will Cost $100MM
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 The relief well that BP will drill to permanently stem an oil leak spreading across the Gulf of Mexico will cost about $100 million, the company's Chief Executive Tony Hayward said Tuesday.
Monday, April 26, 2010
BP Pursues Options to Halt Gulf Oil Leak
Monday, April 26, 2010 BP, as lease operator of Mississippi Canyon Block 252, continues to forge ahead with a comprehensive oil well intervention and spill response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Deepwater Horizon.
Coast Guard Suspends Search for 11 Missing Crewmembers
Monday, April 26, 2010 The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the 11 missing crewmembers from the mobile offshore drilling unit, Deepwater Horizon, at approximately 5 p.m., Friday.
Unified Command IDs Oil Leaks from Macondo Well Pipe
Monday, April 26, 2010 ROVs located two places at the Macondo well site where oil is leaking from the well pipe and estimates indicate that up to 1,000 barrels of oil a day could be leaking into the water approximately 5,000 feet below the surface.
Intervention Efforts Under Way at Macondo Site
Monday, April 26, 2010 The unified command is implementing intervention efforts in an attempt to contain the source of oil emanating from the wellhead at the Deepwater Horizon incident site Sunday.
Friday, April 23, 2010
U.S. Coast Guard: Oil Flows Appear to Have Ceased
Friday, April 23, 2010 The U.S. Coast Guard reported Friday that oil no longer appears to be flowing from the Macondo well head in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, where the Deepwater Horizon sank in approximately 5,000 feet of water Thursday.
Market Report: Deepwater Horizon -- Triumph and Tragedy
Friday, April 23, 2010 The more you read about the tragedy that is unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil rig fire, the more you realize the magnitude and the symbolism of what is happening.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Deepwater Horizon Sinks Offshore Louisiana
Thursday, April 22, 2010 The US Coast Guard office in Louisiana has confirmed that Transocean's semisubmersible, Deepwater Horizon, has sunk in approximately 5,000 feet of water off the coast of Louisiana.
UPDATED: Search Continues for 11 Missing Workers
Thursday, April 22, 2010 The U.S. Coast Guard reported that an explosion has rocked Transocean's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. A search is ongoing for eleven missing workers.
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