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14 September 2011

USA: Key federal report blames poor management, key missteps & a faulty cement job by BP & others for Deepwater Horizon explosion & Gulf of Mexico oil spill

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31 August 2011

[PDF] The Alien Tort Claims Act and Trans-Boundary Corporate Environmental Abuse: A Case Study of the Gulf Oil Spill

Author: Haley St. Denis, Yale Journal of International Affairs

The Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) is a U.S. statute enabling aliens to sue in American civil courts for certain egregious human rights violations. It has come to be the tool wielded for most international human rights litigation against corporations....

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12 August 2011

Judge outlines plan for trial over Gulf oil spill [USA]

Author: Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday outlined his plan for conducting a trial designed to assign percentages of fault to the companies sued over last year's deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who oversees...

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22 July 2011

U.S. delays final report on BP oil spill probe

Author: Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters

A U.S. team probing the causes of last year's massive BP oil spill has delayed the release of its final report in order to more fully weigh the evidence, investigators said...The government's findings on the spill that killed 11 workers and ravaged the...

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7 July 2011

BP oil spill: Tom Bergin's book challenges view that Hayward was hard done by [USA]

Author: Rowena Mason, Telegraph [UK]

[Tom Bergin's book argues that Tony Hayward, former Chief Executive of BP] was central to a flawed corporate culture with insufficient attention to safety..."Hayward was right when he complained that he received a broken inheritance [from his...

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22 June 2011

Transocean: BP decisions led to Gulf disaster [USA]

Author: Harry R. Weber, Associated Press

The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year largely blames oil giant BP for the disaster in an internal investigation report...that goes a long way in bolstering the Swiss firm's arguments in responding to pending lawsuits and...

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13 June 2011

Second seaman sues BP over accident between oil spill clean up boats [USA]

Author: Alejandro de los Rios, Louisiana Record

A second lawsuit has been filed…in relation to an accident between two ships that were hired by BP to help with clean up of last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico....Both suits name 18 defendants including BP...Twenty Grand Offshore...Tidewater...

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8 June 2011

Senate panel opens door for BP rig workers' families to sue [USA]

Author: Maria Recio, McClatchy Newspapers

The Senate Commerce Committee…approved a bill to help the families of the 11 victims of…Deepwater Horizon blowout by changing outdated federal maritime laws, one going back to the 1850s, to make it possible to recover damages from BP, rig operator...

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26 May 2011

Oil Spill Hearing to Focus on Sickness and Other Claims BP Wants to Dismiss [USA]

Author: Sabrina Canfield, Courthouse News Services

A Friday hearing will focus on motions to dismiss claims in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including claims from cleanup workers who say they are sick from exposure to toxic chemicals. Thousands of plaintiffs have filed hundreds of claims for personal...

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7 May 2011

Lawmakers file batch of spill bills [USA]

Author: Jeremy Alford, Houma Courier [USA]

Lawmakers filed their final round of legislation for the ongoing regular session…and included is a batch of bills and resolutions targeting last year’s unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Among the more controversial may be a proposal that...

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