Rig evacuated after Gulf of Mexico fire

A fire broke out at an offshore oil and gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico late yesterday hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated. Yesterday a well blowout at the Hercules 265 rig (pictured) saw gas freely flowing from the well which is 55 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 154 feet of […]

Gulf of Mexico-style leaks continue to drop

The number of offshore oil and gas leaks which caused the major blowout at BP’s Macondo rig in 2010 is continuing to drop, new safety statistics revealed today. The total number of major and significant hydrocarbon releases in 2011/12 fell to 52 compared to 73 last year, the lowest releases for the last ten years, […]

BP’s Deepwater partner pays $90m

One of BP’s partners in the Macondo oil rig disaster is paying $90million (£56.7m) in a settlement with the US authorities. The US Department of Justice said Japanese firm MOEX Offshore 2007 agreed to pay the sum for its part in the spill in April 2010, which was the largest in recorded US history leaking […]

BP pays more as Halliburton wins and loses

BP, the firm at the centre of the Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster, has been ordered to protect contractors Halliburton from third party compensatory claims, which means BP will be forced to pay the majority of the clean-up costs. Halliburton, which provided cementing services for the Macondo well that leaked the biggest oil spill in US […]

Documentary stirs fears over BP’s Macondo oil spill

A documentary about the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is premiereing in Los Angeles this week. Called The Big Fix, the film touches on scientists’ concern that a “second wave” of oil is rising from oil giant BP’s Macondo well, which suffered an explosion in April 2010, causing the largest oil spill in […]

Transocean sue BP over deepwater disaster

A subsidiary company of drilling company Transocean has decided to take legal action against BP for damages sustained at the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. owned the rig that suffered in the blast that killed 11 people. Transocean said BP must indemnify it for damages […]

BP secures fresh permit to drill Gulf of Mexico

BP has secured the first permit to drill in the Gulf of Mexico since the Macondo oil spill in 2010 lead to a moratorium on drilling in the area. The US authorities have now given the British company permission to continue work in the Kaskida field. BP was forced to halt plans for the field […]

Macondo rig owner hits back at slurs on crew

The owner of the Macondo rig which exploded in the Deepwater Horizon incident has hit back at slurs against its crew members. Transocean spoke out in response to this week’s final report from the US authorities on the causes of the blowout, which caused 11 fatalities and spilled five million barrels of oil into the […]

BP "ultimately responsible" for Gulf of Mexico oil rig

The Gulf of Mexico disaster on April 20, 2010 was caused by several “failures” by BP and its partners, finds the final report from US authorities. The report, which was dedicated to the 11 crew members who died in the accident, says that “it is clear that increased vigilance and awareness by BP, Transocean and […]