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Texas Considers “Tax” on Coastal Restoration Projects

As Texas decides how it will spend millions of dollars from a multi-state agreement with BP following the Deepwater Horizon spill, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is proposing a fee on projects that restore damaged coastal areas. Some of the non-profit environmental and wildlife groups involved in the projects are not happy. Nine groups […]

Restrooms or Wetlands: How Should Texas Spend BP Spill Money?

Bad as the BP Deepwater Horizon spill was with its oil tainting miles of Texas beaches (36 miles to be exact, according to the state), there is now restoration money floating into Texas. As part of an agreement reached in 2011 for “early oil spill restoration,” BP is paying Texas and four other Gulf Coast states […]

Texas Seeks BP Settlement Money to Build Artificial Reefs

Texas has announced five projects it hopes to fund with money from a settlement from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Three of them would aid in building artificial reefs along the Texas Gulf Coast — something that could prove a boon to the fishing industry and tourism. While Texas was not hit […]

Another Record Settlement for Gulf Oil Spill

Less than two months after BP announced a record settlement over criminal charges for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the company that owned the rig has announced a civil and criminal settlement for a total of $1.4 billion. While BP leased the Deepwater Horizon rig and owned rights to the Macondo well, a crew […]

In New Role, Former UT Professor’s Industry Ties Remain Unpublicized

Former University of Texas at Austin Professor Charles “Chip” Groat is ready to move on from a controversy about failing to disclose a conflict of interest while at the University. “I will leave this unpleasant episode behind me,” he wrote us in an email last week. Groat is retiring early from UT and moving to […]

‘No Oil For You!’ BP Suspended From New Drilling Contracts

Just a few weeks after pleading guilty to felony criminal charges and agreeing to a record settlement of $4.5 billion dollars for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, BP has been “temporarily suspended” from new contracts with the federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The spill was the […]

BP Will Pay Record $4.5 Billion Settlement Over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

In the largest criminal penalty in history, BP will pay $4.5 billion to settle a federal case over the April, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The settlement will resolve numerous criminal claims against BP brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As part of the agreement, BP also agreed […]

How Hurricane Isaac Stirred Up Oil From the BP Spill

Tar balls and oil from the BP spill in 2010 are washing up again on the shores of Louisiana. Hurricane Issac, which stirred up intense winds and dumped over a foot of rain in some parts of the state, has also disturbed some deposits that hadn’t been cleaned up after spill. More than two years […]

Hurricane Isaac Shuts Down Oil Production in the Gulf

Nearly all of the oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have been evacuated because of Hurricane Isaac, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Of the 596 manned platforms in the Gulf, all but 93 have been evacuated as of mid-day today. 49 of the 76 rigs in the drilling area […]

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