'We're back,' BP's Bob Dudley says

'We're back,' BP's Bob Dudley says

LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- British energy company BP had one of its best years in terms of new exploration despite a reputation damaged by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, an executive said.
Hastings: Obama fudging energy figures

Hastings: Obama fudging energy figures

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A House Republican leader accused the White House of employing fuzzy math when trumpeting the president's domestic energy agenda.

BP wants your trust, Dudley tells U.S.

CHICAGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- BP aims to win back the trust of the public as it looks to return to the Gulf of Mexico and expand its U.S. footprint, the company's top executive said.
API bemoans slow return to Gulf of Mexico

API bemoans slow return to Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The fallout from a 2010 moratorium on oil and natural gas development in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico is still prevalent, an energy trade group said.
BP sues Halliburton for Deepwater spill

BP sues Halliburton for Deepwater spill

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- British energy company BP said it was suing oil contractor Halliburton for costs and damages tied to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP employees could face charges for spill

HOUSTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against BP employees in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that killed 11 people, The Wall Street Journal reported.
BP may face criminal charges for oil spill

BP may face criminal charges for oil spill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Employees with British energy company BP may have underplayed risks associated with drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before last year's spill, sources said.

Lockerbie bomber claims innocence

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Lockerbie bombing convict Abdelbaset al-Megrahi says he's innocent after Scottish authorities spoke with U.S. authorities on the 1988 airliner bombing.

Blowout designer settles with BP

HOUSTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Cameron International, the designer of the blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, agreed to pay $250 million in a settlement, BP announced.

Canada reviews arctic oil prospects

OTTAWA, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Canadian officials said that although there are no current plans to drill in its arctic waters, energy companies must do it right and transparently.
Gulf coast isn't clean, NWF says

Gulf coast isn't clean, NWF says

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Don't think that because BP is moving from cleanup to restoration with a $1 billion pledge that the southern U.S. coast is clean, wildlife officials said.

Bids in for first post-spill gulf leases

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Offshore oil and gas development will never be risk free but U.S. regulators have taken the safest approach possible in a recent lease sale, an official said.
BP work in Egypt delayed

BP work in Egypt delayed

CAIRO, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A one-year delay in a natural gas development in Egypt, led by BP, could create an energy crisis in the country, an executive at a state-owned gas company said.

Oil business as usual in gulf, critics say

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators didn't fully consider the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico when deciding to go ahead with an offshore lease sale, environmentalists say.

More violations for BP in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- British energy company BP is facing five sets of complaints issued by U.S. regulators stemming from last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an agency said.
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Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Oil is skimmed from the surface of the water at the BP Deepwater Horizon spill site in the Gulf of Mexico June 19, 2010. BP continued its attempts to stem the flow of oil from its rig, which exploded and sank in the Gulf in April. UPI/A.J. Sisco..

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the BP oil disaster, or the Macondo blowout)[5][6][7] is an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which flowed unabated for three months in 2010, and continues to leak fresh oil.[8] It is the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.[9][10][11] The spill stemmed from a sea-floor oil gusher that resulted from the April 20, 2010, explosion of Deepwater Horizon, which drilled on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. The explosion killed 11 men working on the platform and injured 17 others.[12] On July 15, 2010, the leak was stopped by capping the gushing wellhead,[13] after it had released about 4.9 million barrels (780,000 m3) of crude oil.[3] An estimated 53,000 barrels per day (8,400 m3/d) escaped from the well just before it was capped.[11] It is believed that the daily flow rate diminished over time, starting at about 62,000 barrels per day (9,900 m3/d) and decreasing as the reservoir of hydrocarbons feeding the gusher was gradually depleted.[11] On September 19, 2010, the relief well process was successfully completed, and the federal government declared the well "effectively dead".[14] In August 2011, oil and oil sheen covering several square miles of water were reported surfacing not far from BP’s Macondo well.[15] Scientific analysis confirmed the oil is a chemical match for Macondo 252.[16][17] The Coast Guard said the oil was too dispersed to recover.[18] The spill caused extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats and to the Gulf's fishing and tourism industries.[19][20] Skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, sand-filled barricades along shorelines, and dispersants were used in an attempt to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands, and estuaries from the spreading oil. Scientists also reported immense underwater plumes of dissolved oil not visible at the surface[21] as well as an 80-square-mile (210 km²) "kill zone" surrounding the blown well.[22] In late November 2010, 4,200 square miles (11,000 km²) of the Gulf were re-closed to shrimping after tar balls were found in shrimpers' nets.[23] The amount of Louisiana shoreline affected by oil grew from 287 miles (462 km) in July to 320 miles (510 km) in late November 2010.[24] In January 2011, an oil spill commissioner reported that tar balls continue to wash up, oil sheen trails are seen in the wake of fishing boats, wetlands marsh grass remains fouled and dying, and crude oil lies offshore in deep water and in fine silts and sands onshore.[25] A research team found oil on the bottom of the seafloor in late February 2011 that did not seem to be degrading.[26] On May 26, 2011, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality extended the state of emergency related to the oil spill.[27] By July 9, 2011, roughly 491 miles (790 kilometers) of coastline in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida remained contaminated by BP oil, according to a NOAA spokesperson.[28] In October 2011, a NOAA report shows dolphins and whales continue to die at twice the normal rate.[29] In January 2011 the White House oil spill commission released its final report on the causes of the oil spill. They blamed BP and its partners for making a series of cost-cutting decisions and the lack of a system to ensure well safety. They also concluded that the spill was not an isolated incident caused by "rogue industry or government officials", but that "The root causes are systemic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur".[30] After its own internal probe, BP admitted that it made mistakes which led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.[31] In June 2010 BP set up a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the oil spill. To July 2011, the fund has paid $4.7 billion to 198,475 claimants. In all, the fund has nearly 1 million claims and continues to receive thousands of claims each week.[32] In September 2011, the U.S. government published its final investigative report on the accident. In essence, that report states that the main cause was the defective cement job, and Halliburton, BP and Transocean were, in different ways, responsible for the accident.[33]

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