Category Archives: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the BP oil disaster or the Macondo blowout) is an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which flowed for three months in 2010. The impact of the spill continues since the well was capped. It is the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The spill stemmed from a sea-floor oil gusher that resulted from the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 men working on the platform and injured 17 others. On July 15, the leak was stopped by capping the gushing wellhead, after it had released about 4.9 million barrels (780×10^3 m3), or 185 million gallons of crude oil. It was estimated that 53,000 barrels per day (8,400 m3/d) were escaping from the well just before it was capped. It is believed that the daily flow rate diminished over time, starting at about 62,000 barrels per day (9,900 m3/d) and decreasing as the reservoir of hydrocarbons feeding the gusher was gradually depleted. On September 19, the relief well process was successfully completed and the federal government declared the well “effectively dead”.

The spill has caused extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats as well as the Gulf’s fishing and tourism industries. Skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, sand-filled barricades along shorelines, and dispersants were used in an attempt to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands and estuaries from the spreading oil. Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of dissolved oil not visible at the surface. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party, and officials have committed to holding the company accountable for all cleanup costs and other damage After its own internal probe, BP admitted that it made mistakes which led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog BP Criminal Charges Largest Fine In History

BP Criminal Charges Largest Fine In History BP to get record US criminal fine over Deepwater disaster BP is set to receive a record fine of between $3bn and $5bn (£1.9bn-£3.2bn) to settle criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC

MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC AP A minority partner in BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to pay $US90 million ($A84 million) in a settlement with the US government and Gulf states over the 2010 oil spill. It … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog BP Spin After One Year

BP Spin After One Year BP’s Gulf of Mexico PR, One Year Later by Anne Landman Finger-pointing over the Deepwater Horizon disaster resumed recently after the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Coast Guard issued a joint report (pdf) … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Ecological Tsunami

Ecological Tsunami Gulf Shrimpers Still Reeling, Is BP Spill to Blame? The demise of the gulf’s minnowlike killifish could be the start of an ecological tsunami, experts are warning. “They’re a fairly sensitive indicator relative to other species, which is … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Storm Season Tar Mats

Storm Season Tar Mats As crews remove one giant oil glob, more tar mats could be exposed during storm season By David Ferrara GULF SHORES, Alabama — During hurricane season, with storms thrashing about, the Gulf of Mexico is like a … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Alaska BP Lisburne Oil Field

Alaska BP Lisburne Oil Field Spill BP’s new oil spill in Alaska: ‘Reckless’? The beleaguered company that was pummeled over its massive Gulf oil disaster is grappling with another (arguably preventable) spill. BP, the petroleum giant responsible for last year’s … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog U.S Debt Ceiling Vote

U.S Debt Ceiling Vote House Debt Limit Vote: Republicans Vote Against Raising Debt Ceiling WASHINGTON (AP/The Huffington Post) — House Republicans voted Tuesday evening to reject their own proposed $2.4 trillion increase in the nation’s debt limit, a political gambit … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Black Duck Syndrome

Black Duck Syndrome BP money: Coast needs rebuilding Unless Congress acts, the millions of dollars collected in fines from the Gulf oil spill won’t go to the areas devastated by the disaster. Instead, it will be set aside for future … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog AARP Retirement Savings Gone

AARP Retirement Savings Gone What does it mean that 25 percent of retirees in the U.S. say their savings are all gone? by CNN’s Jack Cafferty: If you think talk on Capitol Hill over reducing our deficit and raising the debt … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Brave New Foundation Keystone XL Pipeline Protest

Brave New Foundation Keystone XL Pipeline Protest Group Aims to Halt Canada-Texas Tar Sands Pipeline by Brendan Coffey The Brave New Foundation, founded and led by documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald, is calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to halt … Continue reading

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