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Blog category: "Oil Spill"

On March 24, 1989, we saw one of the worst environmental disasters in the United States. The Exxon Valdez oil spill was so significant that it remained the worst American oil spill until the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April of 2010. The accident happened when the supertanker Exxon Valdez collided with the Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Over 10.8 million gallons of oil spilled from ...
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Oil Spill
We need oil. It heats our homes, keeps our engines running, and fuels the most important components of the nation’s economy. However, when oil companies make mistakes, their product ends up causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the oceans, coastlines, and the business that rely on them. Both short-term and long-term effects of oil spills are devastating for workers, local ...
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In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon erupted into flames after repeated neglect caused the offshore oil rig to explode. The disaster claimed the lives of 11 workers and injured 17 more. The well beneath the rig leaked for months and polluted the Gulf of Mexico with over 4.9 million barrels of oil. It was the worst oil spill in history—at least it was at the time. The Taylor oil spill, which started 6 ...
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Oil Spill, Offshore Accidents
On Thursday, Royal Dutch Shell was forced to shut in all wells that flowed to its Brutus platform on account of an oil spill that dumped approximately 2,100 barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. A company helicopter observed an oil sheen that stretched 2 by 13 miles in waters off the Louisiana coast on Thursday, notifying them of the spill. Once notified, the company pinpointed the leak and ...
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Oil Spills Cause Offshore Injuries

When working on oil rigs and platforms, offshore workers constantly face the grave potential of sustaining a serious job-related injury. Whether aboard a ship, towboat, rig, crew boat, jack-up rig, or commercial maritime vessel, the type of labor that is regularly demanded of these workers can often be dangerous, putting them in the way of harm. Complications & Illnesses Caused by Offshore Oil ...
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Offshore Safety, Oil Spill, News
A portion of the fines that BP has been ordered to pay by the federal government from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and ensuing Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be used for offshore research. The research will be led by a team from the University of Houston and will focus on subsea engineering and other ways to develop safe, sustainable energy production in the Gulf. The goal of the ...
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Oil Spill Liability Cap Boosted by BOEM

On December 11, the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) boosted the previous liability limit on oil spills from $75 million to $134 million. This came four years after the tragic Deepwater Horizon incident, which served to prove just how pricey major oil spills can be. Currently, companies are required under the law to pay for the clean-up after a spill; the new boosted ...
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Oil Spill, Offshore Accidents

Two Boats Sink in Middle Ship Channel

On Monday at approximately 10:46 p.m., 2 vessels (a 52-foot towing vessel named Delta Amber and a 26-foot dredging vessel named Nicholas) sunk in Mobile Ship Channel, just north of Gaillard Island. The crew of Miss Sammy Lee reported the incident to the U.S. Coast Guard and were responsible for rescuing the crews of both sunken vessels. Later, the crewmembers of Delta Amber and Nicholas were ...
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Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon
Several months ago after having its appeal of the settlement agreement rejected by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, BP made its intention known that the company would take its appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. On Friday, August 2 nd , BP officially filed its petition with the United States Supreme Court. The petition asks the Supreme Court to dismantle the current settlement agreement ...
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Last week, BP suffered a defeat when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans refused to reconsider a previous ruling stating that businesses were not required to prove that they were harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill in order to collect money. When BP approached the federal appeals court asking them to rehear the case, the court voted 8-5 against it—which ultimately ...
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Oil Spill, Offshore Accidents
Serious breaches discovered at the Norwegian BP Ula field were a potential hazard for a deadly explosion, after an oil and gas leak occurred on site. Regulators state they have ordered the company to review their maintenance procedures after they found various breaches on the platform. Reports show about 125 barrels of oil and another 3,520 pounds of gas leaked at their North Sea platform last ...
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Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon
The preliminary results of the Chemical Safety Board's (CSB) investigation into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and subsequent oil spill (the worst offshore accident recorded in U.S. history) have faulted BP and Transocean for the disaster. Essentially, the report concludes, by focusing on the wrong indicators of safety, the two companies, and the offshore industry in general, allowed ...
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