BP pleads guilty to oil spill felony; to pay extra $4.5 billion

Beautiful images depicting the BP oil spill Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.

Beautiful images depicting the BP oil spill Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.

(Reuters) – British oil company BP Plc pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal charges relating to its 2010 oil spill and agreed to pay an extra $4.5 billion on top of the tens of billions it is already paying out.

BP said it would plead guilty to 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect relating to the death of 11 workers, one misdemeanor count under the Clean Water Act, one misdemeanor count under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and one felony count of obstruction of Congress. Read more

DE-OIL-IT addresses oil spills on land and water

DE-OIL-IT applied to a water and land based oil spillThis is a story about how an Oil Company rose from villainy to superherodom. A few months ago, Trinidad Tank and Fuel introduced DE-OIL-IT to one of their land-based, Oil Production clients. It was a perfect match as DE-OIL-IT serves both for oil spill petroleum remediation and as a cleaning product for machinery used in oil production and refinement. Although impressed, the client advised that they would make an executive decision in due course. Months passed and it became obvious that the matter had been shelved. Even though DE-OIL-IT is revolutionary and would be an extreme benefit to their client’s operations, crisis is a far greater motivator than anticipation. Tank and Fuel knew then that it would take an emergency to actually push their client to utilize DE-OIL-IT. Read more

Nigeria Oil Spill – FG Set to Implement UNEP Report

The Federal Government is said to on the verge of implementing some of the recommendations of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report on effects of the Nigeria oil spill in Ogoniland.

An indication to that effect emerged as Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, had restated that the Ogoniland deserved proper remediation due to the environmental degradation it had undergone. Read more

BP Deepwater Horizon disaster: Cleaning up the legal spill

CLEANING up the waters and the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010 cost BP $14 billion. The British oil giant’s final bill for tidying up the legal entanglements after 4.9m barrels of its oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico are also becoming clearer. On November 15th BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion over five years to settle all the criminal liabilities resulting from the rig explosion and oil spill. Two employees will also face manslaughter charges over the explosion.

The aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill left the Gulf of Mexico devastated.

The aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill left the Gulf of Mexico devastated.

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Texas still waiting for $100M in restoration funds from BP oil spill

Officials have received 188 suggestions from public on how to spend BP oil spill money

AUSTIN — Texas has been promised at least $100 million for coastal restoration in the wake of the massive BP oil spill that harmed the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.But no Texas projects have been announced, and an official involved with the talks did not sound optimistic about getting dollars flowing quickly to causes like protecting marshland or sea life.

The process of allocating dollars has been “much more complicated than we first anticipated,” said Don Pitts, a state coordinator with Texas Parks and Wildlife, which helps screen potential projects. Read more

Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

A large tanker carrying liquified natural gas (LNG) is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the Arctic crossing. The carrier, Ob River, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia on its way to Japan. The specially equipped tanker is due to arrive in early December and will shave 20 days off the journey. The owners say that changing climate conditions and a volatile gas market make the Arctic crossing transit profitable.

Despite the ice, the Arctic crossing is navigable through November.

Despite the ice, the Arctic crossing is navigable through November.

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Miller Company settlement over oil spill in Harbor Brook

MERIDEN – The Miller Co. has agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency following an oil spill in Harbor Brook close to two years ago. The city’s fire department will be the beneficiary of the settlement, receiving $25,000 in equipment from The Miller Co. in emergency response equipment related to the prevention of oil spills from reaching waterways. Read more

Federal judge urged to approve BP’s proposed settlement of Gulf oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — BP and attorneys for businesses and people who lost money in the Gulf oil spill urged a federal judge Thursday to give his final approval to a class-action settlement.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard arguments from lawyers who negotiated the deal as well as other attorneys who have objected to parts of it. BP PLC estimates it will pay $7.8 billion to the resolve claims over the Gulf oil spill, but the settlement is not capped and BP could pay out more or less. Read more

NOSDRA Confirms Nigeria Oil Spill

The Director, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa, has confirmed the receipt of a report of the Nigeria oil spill from the facility of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), a subsidiary of the American oil giant, ExxonMobil.

Musa, who is in charge of oil spills in NOSDRA said: “We received a report from Mobil that there was a spill at their field and we have dispatched our officers from our Uyo office to the Nigeria oil spill site to access the impact. Read more

Aviation degreaser: DE-OIL-IT passes with flying colors!

Every year an annual is done on all aircraft that involves cleaning the bottom and inspecting the rivets and sheet metal. Usually a two person job requiring a full 8 hours and done with aggressive solvent based cleaners, it is a tiring and toxic task. So much so that those cleaning the craft must be careful to thoroughly rinse away the traditional aviation degreaser because extended exposure can pit the aluminum aircraft skin.

Using DE-OIL-IT as an aviation degreaser works hard and quick on the toughest buildup.

Using DE-OIL-IT as an aviation degreaser works hard and quick on the toughest buildup.

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