Tag: BP Oil Spill

Latest Sanction Against BP Goes Beyond Gulf Spill

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Nov. 29, 2012, 8:54 a.m. When the Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts Wednesday, it pointed to BP’s “lack of business integrity” and conduct relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. The sanction, however, has been years in the making. BP has been criminally convicted in four…

Feds File First Criminal Charges Related to BP Gulf Spill

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, April 24, 2012, 4:16 p.m. Two years after oil from a BP well began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges alleging that a former BP employee destroyed critical evidence in the early days of the unfolding disaster. The charges are the first…

A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, April 19, 2012, 7 p.m. This story was published as an op-ed in The New York Times. Two years after a series of gambles and ill-advised decisions on a BP drilling project led to the largest accidental oil spill in United States history and the death of 11 workers on the…

Feds Let BP Off Probation Despite Pending Safety Violations

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, March 12, 2012, 5:20 p.m. BP’s refining subsidiary was released today from criminal probation related to a 2005 explosion in Texas City that killed 15 workers. The company has addressed the most serious safety deficiencies exposed by the accident and satisfied the terms of a felony plea agreement to settle charges…

BP Settlement Leaves Most Complex Claims Unresolved

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, March 3, 2012, 4:53 p.m. BP’s announcement that it will pay $7.8 billion to compensate thousands of Gulf Coast residents harmed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster ends one chapter of legal wrangling over the 2010 oil spill, but leaves other, potentially far more expensive, issues unresolved. The tentative deal, announced late…

Spillionaires Revisited: Gov’t Official’s Associates Got Big Contracts After the BP Oil Spill

by Kim Barker, ProPublica, July 18, 2011, 11:06 a.m. Last month, Craig Taffaro Jr., the president of Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish, lambasted a ProPublica story while testifying before a congressional committee. The story, published in April, described how some local powerbrokers and others, aided in part by Taffaro, cashed in after the BP oil spill,…

Gulf’s Delacroix Islanders Watch As Their World Disappears

by Kim Barker, ProPublica, April 13, 2011, 12:05 p.m. Jason Melerine was born to the water. His father fished, his grandfather fished, his great-grandfather fished. At age 11, Melerine drew pictures of the boat he would someday own. The day he turned 16, he quit school to go crabbing. Now 28, he can barely read…

The BP Oil Spill Saga: Where Things Stand Now

by Marian Wang, ProPublica, Dec. 28, 2010, 1:11 p.m. The BP oil spill in the Gulf killed 11 workers in April, released nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and triggered multiple government investigations and an overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulatory agency. Federal scientists estimated in August that between…