United States government officials have confirmed they will sue BP for allegedly violating safety regulations following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Eight other companies will also face legal action, with the lawsuit seeking to establish if they are liable – without limitation – for the cleanup costs.
Holidaymakers have begun to return to the states worst affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, just months after the disaster. While initial fears suggested the accident – which saw 4.9 million barrels of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico – may have caused permanent damage to the local tourism sector, a recovery is now underway.
BP has agreed to provide millions of dollars in compensation to Louisiana as the American state battles to recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil giant has agreed to spend some $78 million to test and promote Louisiana seafood and boost tourism following the disaster.
A moratorium on deep-water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is to be lifted as planned, White House officials have confirmed. A six-month ban was placed on all deep-water drilling activity in April, following a catastrophic spill at the BP operated Deepwater Horizon platform.
A commission established by president Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has criticised the White House response to the disaster. Preliminary reports find the administration created the impression it was “either not fully competent” or “not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem”.
Scientists working at Columbia University have offered a revised estimate of how much oil was split during the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Using a technique called optical plume velocimetry to study the oil escaping through the failed blowout preventer, geophysicists Timothy Crone and Maya Tolstoy found about 4.4 million barrels of crude escaped into the Gulf.
National Incident Commander Thad Allen has confirmed the Macondo oil well – which had leaked 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – is now “effectively dead”. However, the battle to repair the damage is only just beginning, with BP facing up to 400 law suits in relation to the accident.
Contractors cited by BP as partially responsibly for the Deepwater Horizon explosion have reacted angrily to a report outlining the causes of the event from the oil giant. The ill-fated drilling rig exploded in April this year spilling 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
BP has said no single factor was responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, with blame instead attributed to “a sequence of failures involving a number of different parties”. Some 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf following an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April this year, which also claimed 11 lives.
The US tourism industry has been given a scare after another oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico – just over four months since the BP disaster sparked the worst offshore oil spill in history. But officials said there was no evidence of an oil leak, despite earlier reports of a mile-long sheen on the ocean.
Florida tourism officials have credited a $32 million fund donated by BP to encourage holidaymakers to visit despite the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for “saving the summer”. New figures show that visitor numbers to the state rose during the first months of the crisis, which tourism officials credit to an advertising funded by a $32 million donation from BP.