Gulf Coast Restoration Summit

Supreme Court Rejects BP Appeal Of Oil Spill Settlement

NEW ORLEANS – December 8, 2014.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP’s appeal of its oil disaster settlement, ending the British oil giant’s two-year fight over interpretation of the agreement. The decision affirms lower court rulings that, under the settlement terms, businesses claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster need not prove direct harm. The justices did not comment on their decision not to review… (Read More)

 

BP Guilty Of Gross Negligence: $18 Billion In Fines

NEW ORLEANS – September 4, 2014.  A federal judge in New Orleans on Thursday ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct” had caused the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and that the company’s “reckless” behavior made it subject to fines of as much as $4,300 a barrel under the Clean Water Act. The ruling by District Court Judge Carl Barbier means that the government… (Read More)

 

Gulf RESTORE Council Shuts Out Public

NEW ORLEANS – August 21, 2014.  Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) released project submission guidelines for funding projects and proposals under the Council’s Comprehensive Plan. The Council, which was created under the RESTORE Act, is tasked with overseeing how potentially billions of dollars in Clean Water Act fines from the BP Disaster will be spent. “For years, members of the Gulf Future Coalition have been pushing for public engagement… (Read More)

 

Supreme Court Refuses To Stop BP Oil Spill Payments

WASHINGTON – June 9, 2014. As the 4th Annual Gulf Coast Restoration Summit was being held in New Orleans, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from BP to block payments to businesses while the oil giant appeals its 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster settlement. For the time being, the decision upholds the ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that under terms of the… (Read More)

 

Coast Guard: ‘The Response Is Not Over’

NEW ORLEANS – April 16, 2014. Here’s a nice look at how the same information, presented in two different ways, can produce drastically different takes on news. The fourth anniversary of the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which triggered an oil spill that dumped billions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, is on Sunday. BP announced Tuesday that active cleanup of the Gulf Coast after the… (Read More)

 

BP Oil Spill Response Not Over

NEW ORLEANS – April 15, 2014.  The Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator (FOSC) for the Deepwater Horizon Response completed the transition to the “Middle Response” (“Middle R”) process today and opened active National Response Center (NRC) cases for three miles of coastline in Louisiana. “Our response posture has evolved to target re-oiling events on coastline segments that were previously cleaned,” said Capt. Thomas Sparks, the FOSC for the Deepwater Horizon… (Read More)

 

BP: Oil Spill Cleanup Operations End

HOUSTON – April 15, 2014. The U.S. Coast Guard today ended patrols and operations on the final three shoreline miles in Louisiana, bringing to a close the extensive four-year active cleanup of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon accident. These operations ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi in June 2013. “Reaching this milestone is the result of the extraordinary efforts of thousands of people from BP, local communities, government… (Read More)

 

BP Criminal Fine Money Headed to Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS – November 15, 2012. This afternoon, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that BP will pay $4 billion in fines to settle criminal charges against it in the aftermath of the BP oil disaster. The majority of the money will go to the 5 Gulf States affected, including $2.4 billion for Gulf Coast environmental restoration, preservation, and conservation. Immediately afterwards, Rep. Ed Markey, Ranking Member of the U.S…. (Read More)

 

Gulf Coast Leaders Want BP to Clean Up Its Mess

NEW ORLEANS – August 28, 2012. Regional leaders at a Gulf Coast Restoration Summit, held in New Orleans this month, said they’re relieved that Congress passed the RESTORE Act in June, especially given Washington’s gridlock. But they’re unsure when money from RESTORE, which devotes 80 percent of BP’s Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 spill to Gulf states, will be available. Meanwhile, the coast is grappling with the spill’s… (Read More)

 

Senator David Vitter Announces Senate Hearing During Summit Speech

New Orleans – August 17, 2012. U.S. Senator David Vitter announced today that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing in New Orleans in late September on the RESTORE Act and the status of cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil disaster. Senator Vitter made his announcement during his keynote address at the Gulf Coast Restoration Summit. More than 300 government, business, and… (Read More)

 

RESTORE Act Signed

WASHINGTON – July 6, 2012. President Obama signed the RESTORE Act today, mandating that 80% of fines to be paid by BP for the 2010 oil spill be directed to the five Gulf states affected by the historic disaster. Fines could reach $21 billion. “With billions of dollars to be spent on the economic development and environmental restoration of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, this is a game-changer for the region,”… (Read More)

 

Congress Passes RESTORE Act

WASHINGTON – June 29, 2012. Congress passed the RESTORE Act today, mandating that 80% of fines to be paid by BP for the 2010 oil spill be directed to the five Gulf states affected by the historic disaster. Fines could reach $21 billion. “With billions of dollars to be spent on the economic development and environmental restoration of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, this is a game-changer for the… (Read More)

 

Deal Tying BP Oil Spill Fines To Transportation Bill Getting Close

WASHINGTON – June 26, 2012. Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement on a two-year transportation bill that includes key components of legislation that would funnel billions of dollars in fines from the 2010 BP oil spill to the five Gulf States. “This is what we’re been working for,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., as news of a possible transportation deal surfaced Tuesday afternoon that includes a measure known as… (Read More)

 

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser Praises Bill Loiry’s Gulf Coast Leadership

Belle Chasse – June 22, 2012. Last week, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser was a featured speaker at the Gulf Coast Restoration Summit in Destin, Florida. Hundreds of conference participants listened to President Nungesser and to senior Congressional staff, state legislators, county commissioners, state and city officials, business leaders, environmental experts, and lawyers providing the latest information on the RESTORE Act and other monies designed to help bring financial relief… (Read More)