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Feds Ask Judge To Approve BP Oil Spill Settlement

March 24th, 2016 by Amaro Law Firm

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge in New Orleans to approve the record-setting $20 billion BP oil spill settlement agreement. The government and the oil giant came to the settlement agreement last July. The BP oil spill settlement also includes billions of dollars for the five Gulf Coast states affected

A malfunction at an Indiana refinery led to a BP oil spill in Lake Michigan just miles from the iconic Chicago shoreline. A BP spokesman told reporters that cleanup crews were isolating the oil in a small cove near the Indiana facility. The spokesman also revealed that crews were using vacuum trucks to remove the

Study: BP Oil Spill May Damage Coral, Shipwrecks

February 24th, 2016 by Amaro Law Firm

A recent study has shown that crude oil from the BP oil spill, as well as the chemical dispersants used to break up the oil, may have caused severe damage to underwater coral reefs and historic shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico. The study, which researchers presented at the American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences conference

BP Oil Spill Trial Starts This Week

February 16th, 2016 by Amaro Law Firm

The federal BP oil spill trial of a rig supervisor is scheduled to begin this week. Jury selection in the trial of rig supervisor Robert Kaluza is underway in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. will oversee the BP oil spill trial, in which Mr. Kaluza is charged with

BP Oil Spill Trial Scope Limited to Four Fatalities

February 10th, 2016 by Amaro Law Firm

A district judge ruled that a BP oil spill trial of a rig supervisor will focus on only four of the eleven fatalities attributed to the 2010 disaster. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. ruled that the deaths of the seven other workers killed in the explosion were not relevant to the BP oil spill

Scientists Meet In Tampa For BP Oil Spill Conference

February 3rd, 2016 by Amaro Law Firm

Hundreds of environmental researchers gathered this week in Tampa, Florida, for a BP oil spill conference. The conference will include nearly 300 oral presentations and more than 200 poster presentations from scientists on the lasting effects of the 2010 disaster. The presentations at the BP oil spill conference will include topics on the causes of

An environmental activist group filed a complaint seeking to block Alabama officials from using funds from the BP oil spill lawsuit settlement to build a new hotel and convention center complex. Gulf Restoration Network of New Orleans filed a BP oil spill lawsuit in 2014, citing the “shocking misuse” of funds earmarked for wetland restoration.

The environmentalist group SkyTruth used satellite imagery to determine the extent of the BP oil spill, even as company officials under-reported the spill’s effects to both the press and government agencies. The analysis of the satellite photos showed that the flow rate of the BP oil spill was as much as 60 times more than

BP Oil Spill Study Examines Pollutants

January 13th, 2016 by Amaro Law Firm

A new study into the effects of the BP oil spill will determine the presence and concentration of various toxic chemicals that still remain in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers at the University of Central Florida will track the presence of chemicals known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked to cancer and

CEO: BP Oil Spill Was “Near-Death” Experience

January 6th, 2016 by Amaro Law Firm

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, the chief executive officer of the troubled oil giant called the 2010 BP oil spill a “near-death experience” for the company. BP CEO Bob Dudley told the BBC that the company had to sell off more than $45 billion in assets to cover the costs of the