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Should We Be Worried About Another Disaster Like The BP Oil Spill?

In North Baton Rouge, businesses had to be evacuated because of a leak of hazardous chemicals from a refinery pipeline.  The leak only spilt approximately one barrel’s worth of materials, but Royal Dutch Shell still shutdown the Bengal Refined Pipeline to fix and investigate the problem. New laws and regulations helped to keep this incident under control, but are those regulations being applies to all spill situations? When Hurricane Ivan rolled through in 2004, it caused an underwater mudslide that destroyed an oil platform owned by Taylor Energy. Since then oil has been leaking from the ruins, but lawmakers still have not forced the company to do anything about the leak. Taylor Energy asserts that the area containing the leak is too unstable to repair the leak, and insists that efforts to close the leak will simply lead to even more oil escaping. However, the AP has conducted an investigation…
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BP Settles With Gulf States—What’s Next For Louisiana?

In 2010, 11 oil rig workers died when the Deepwater Horizons oil rig exploded and dumped 4.5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The company that owned the rig, BP, has been in court ever since. The company paid a $4 billion fine just to settle the criminal case that the government had brought against it. However, fines like this were only the beginning. In a move that has shocked many experts, BP has agreed to settle one of their largest cases in court. In a New Orleans courtroom, five states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) have accepted one of the largest settlements in history. BP will pay $18.7 billion to these five states in order to restore the natural resources damaged by the oil spill. Louisiana will get the largest portion of the settlement, $6.8 billion, which will go toward repairing the coast, covering economic…
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Subcommittee Resisting Subpoenas in a BP Oil Rig Explosion Trial

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that dumped around 4.5 million of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico has been a costly disaster. Though the wellhead blowout happened back in 2010, people are still answering for the mistakes made on that fateful April day. One BP supervisor is just now standing trial for potentially misleading a congressional subcommittee, and he has chosen an unusual method to defend himself in court. The BP executive, a geologist by trade, and his legal representation have chosen to subpoena several of the subcommittee members and their staffers to testify in the case. This strategy has proven to be difficult considering that members of Congress and their staff are protected by the “speech and debate” clause of the Constitution. That particular section of the Constitution provides legal immunity for what members of Congress and their staffers may say or report while working…
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