A former BP engineer avoided prison by pleading to a reduced charge in connection with his role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Kurt Mix was charged with obstructing an investigation into the disaster by deleting a string of text messages. He faced a potential 20 year prison sentence.
Five years ago today, the worst oil spill in US history claimed the lives of 11 workers, and poured an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. They had, ironically, been presented with a safety award earlier in the day.
BP has officially asked the United States Supreme court to hear an appeal pertaining to a 2012 settlement stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company filed a writ of certiorari petition on Friday.
BP has lost a major court fight over claim payments resulting from the 2010 blowout of its Macondo well off the Louisiana coast. We reported in March, the oil giant was trying to have a 2012 settlement, which the company had agreed to, thrown out.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Halliburton Energy Services and Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal judge to approve a plea deal that calls for the Houston-based company to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
“BP needs to stop spending hundreds of millions of dollars on their public relations campaign telling us how great they are and start proving it by addressing their Clean Water Act and Natural Resources Damage liabilities now." -Bobby Jindal
Halliburton has agreed to pay $55 million dollars to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.The company has also agreed to pay a maximum statutory fine of $500,000. Halliburton will accept three years of probation and cooperate in the government’s ongoing criminal investigation.