Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 4, 2013
In Gulf Oil Spill Trial, Testimony Cites Series Of Missteps
By Debbie Elliott, NPR. March 2, 2013.
“And in another courtroom this week, a picture emerged of a tragic offshore accident that could have been prevented. It was the first week of testimony in a civil case to assign blame and financial liability for the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. NPR’s Debbie Elliott was in New Orleans and has this report…” (Read or listen)
Real or Man-made? The Mississippi’s “gift” to Louisiana creates controversy
By John Snell, WVUE-TV. February 27, 2013.
“Plaquemines Parish, La. — The Mississippi River, long held captive within its banks, has broken free in one spot on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish. In the Bohemia Spillway, the river has blown through the river bank and reconnected with an old canal…” (Read more)
Sens. Landrieu and Shelby urge ‘robust’ Clean Water Act fines for 2010 BP spill
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. February 28, 2013.
“Washington — In an unusual joint statement, a Democrat and Republican senator argued strongly Thursday that any settlement with BP over Clean Water Act violations for the 2010 Gulf oil spill include “robust” fines. Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Richard Shelby, R-Ala., issued the statement Thursday as a trial continues in New Orleans that can determine BP’s culpability…” (Read more)
BP’s false oil flow claims may have delayed plugging of Macondo well, Transocean claims
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). March 1, 2013.
“BP’s false assertions that only 5,000 barrels of oil were flowing from its Macondo well in May 2010 resulted in the use of at least one method to attempt to stem the flow that was doomed to fail, says a motion filed in federal court Friday by attorneys for Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig…” (Read more)
Transocean says its damages for Macondo well accident should be limited because BP misrepresented the spill’s size
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. March 1, 2013.
“Transocean attorneys filed a motion in federal court Friday that argues its share of damages resulting from the BP Macondo well blowout should be limited because BP officials have admitted to misrepresenting the flow of oil to federal officials when pleading to criminal charges, including 11 counts of manslaughter, stemming from the accident…” (Read more)
The Cost of Catastrophe
By Steven Rothermel, Gulf Restoration Network. March 1, 2013.
“The first week of the trial to determine civil liability for BP, Transocean, and Halliburton in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster came to a close on Thursday…” (Read more)