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10 Years After BP Spill: Oil Drilled Deeper; Rules Relaxed

NEW ORLEANS — Ten years after an oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and unleashed an environmental nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico, companies are drilling in deeper and deeper waters, where payoffs can be huge but risks are greater …

Coronavirus Is Delaying Vital Safety Work Across Oil and Gas

The , is delaying vital maintenance across the oil and natural gas industries in Europe and North America. Restrictions on the numbers of contractors on rigs, pipelines and production sites are forcing companies to delay work that’s been planned for …

Company Found Partly Responsible for Oklahoma Rig Explosion

McALESTER, Okla. — An Oklahoma jury has found a Houston-based company 10% responsible for a January 2018 explosion and fire that killed five men. The Pittsburg County jury on Monday ordered National Oilwell Varco to pay $1 million each to …

Disaster-Born Safety Rules Topple With Others in Trump Rollback

The Trump administration’s move to relax an Obama-era chemical safety regulation put in place after an explosion at a fertilizer plant is the latest example of the White House easing rules established in the wake of disasters. Trump’s professed goal …

Green Groups Sue Trump Administration for Gutting Offshore Oil Safety Rules

WASHINGTON — A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Interior Department’s rollbacks of safety measures put in place by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. …

BP Spill Left Oil Slick on Seafloor the Size of Rhode Island

The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that …

BP Wants Judge to Amend ‘Gross Negligence’ Ruling

BP has asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that could cost the oil giant around $18 billion in additional fines stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Attorneys for BP PLC say in a motion filed …

4 Years Later, BP Oil Spill Compensation Battle Continues

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last …

BP Pushes Limits to Tap Extreme Fields of Oil

BP’s strategy after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy: Go deeper. BP is leading an industry-wide push to develop technology that can retrieve oil from formations that are so deep under the sea floor, and under such high pressure and temperature, that …

Liabilities and Litigation Litter BP Road to Closure

BP stands convicted of the biggest corporate crime in U.S. history, based on the scale of its punishment. Moving on will not be easy. Having agreed to pay $4.5 billion and wear the label of felon, the British oil company …