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ATP Oil & Gas to Pay Over $41 Mln for GoM Incident

November 23, 2015

ATP Oil & Gas has agreed to resolve actions under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) concerning unauthorized discharges of oil and chemicals from a floating oil and gas production platform into the Gulf of Mexico, announced the Department of Justice, BSEE and EPA. The two agreements impose… Continue Reading »

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GoMRI Funds Oil Impact Studies in Gulf of Mexico

November 17, 2015

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Board announced that it will award nearly $38 million to individuals and teams studying the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health. A total of 22 research proposals are being funded under this most recent GoMRI program. “The Research Board was impressed… Continue Reading »

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Former BP Engineer Cleared of Obstruction in Gulf of Mexico Spill

November 9, 2015

A former BP Plc engineer charged with obstructing justice after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Friday and was sentenced to six months of probation, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said. Kurt Mix, who had been tasked by BP to analyze the flow rate of oil gushing… Continue Reading »

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Transocean to Pay USD 20M to Alabama for GoM Oil Spill

October 26, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley announced that Alabama has agreed to a settlement of USD 20 million with Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, which owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig when it exploded in Gulf of Mexico causing the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.  “The State of Alabama suffered tremendous environmental and economic losses because of the… Continue Reading »

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Cuba To Drill For Oil In Deep Water Despite Low Prices

October 25, 2015

Cuba plans to drill exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017 despite current low oil prices, officials from the state oil monopoly said. Cuba-Petroleo (Cupet) will drill exploratory wells as deep as 7,000 meters (223,000 ft) in waters of up to 3,000 meters in production… Continue Reading »

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Rig Worker Dies in Accident

October 23, 2015

A crew member on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig contracted by Chevron Corp was killed in an accident, the company said on Tuesday. “The cause of the incident is being investigated,” Chevron said in a statement. It said the death occurred while the rig, called the Pacific Santa Ana, was operating in waters off… Continue Reading »

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Ocean Installer in GoM Subsea Deal with BP

October 13, 2015

Ocean Installer has been awarded a Regional Framework Agreement with BP for subsea work in the Gulf of Mexico region. The agreement covers subsea fabrication, transportation and installation of offshore facilities, as well as hook up and commissioning, and is valid for three years. Specific work scopes will be carried out under individual call-off contracts,… Continue Reading »

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GoM Environmental Restoration Plans Released

October 9, 2015

NOAA and the other Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees released 15-year environmental ecosystem restoration plans for the Gulf of Mexico in response to the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill. Implementing the plan will cost up to $8.8 billion. The explosion killed 11 rig workers and the subsequent spill lasted 87 days… Continue Reading »

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Pemex Workers Return to GOM Platform after Gas Leak

October 8, 2015

Personnel at Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), have returned after a gas leak caused 85 workers to be evacuated Tuesday, a Pemex spokesperson confirmed in an email to Rigzone. Reuters reported that 85 workers were evacuated from the Sihil A platform in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday while the company worked to control… Continue Reading »

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US Says BP To Pay $20B In Fines For 2010 Oil Spill

October 7, 2015

BP Plc will pay more than $20 billion in fines to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago, marking the largest corporate settlement of its kind in U.S. history, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday. The agreement, first outlined in July, adds to the $43.8 billion… Continue Reading »

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