BP oil spill

    417 days ago

    BP oil-spill trial to resume

    The trial for the federal litigation spawned by BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resumes today, with a focus on the company’s response to the deadly disaster.

    570 days ago

    BP upbeat after profits rise

    Oil giant BP sparked a big jump in its share price today after quarterly profits of $4.2bn (€3.2bn) smashed City expectations.

    609 days ago

    BP unveils £5.3bn buyback plan

    BP set aside £5.3bn (€6.2bn) for shareholders today as part of an immediate return from the reshaping of the oil giant’s Russian business.

    615 days ago

    BP bids to block gulf spill payments

    BP has sued to block what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses over the deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    686 days ago

    BP partner agrees $1.4bn Deepwater payout

    The company which leased the Deepwater Horizon rig to oil giant BP has been fined $1.4bn (€1.06bn) after admitting its role in the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

    807 days ago

    New setback for BP in Deepwater Horizon case

    BP’s hopes of reaching a settlement over the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe were dealt a blow today after it emerged that the US Government intends to prove gross negligence or wilful misconduct at trial.

    850 days ago

    US government panel hits out at BP oil rig safety assessments

    BP focused too much on the little details of personal worker safety instead of the big systemic hazards that led to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a US government safety panel has concluded.

    934 days ago

    BP sees profits dip to $4.8bn

    Oil giant BP revealed a dip in profits today as its commitment to sell off billions of pounds of assets in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster hit production.

    940 days ago

    Ex-BP engineer charged with destroying Deepwater evidence

    An ex-BP engineer has been charged with destroying evidence tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

    941 days ago

    US charges worker over BP rig disaster

    The first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been filed against a former BP engineer who allegedly destroyed evidence.

    993 days ago

    BP to settle Gulf oil spill claims

    BP has agreed to settle claims from thousands of fishermen who lost work and others who said they were harmed by the oil giant’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, the worst offshore oil spill in US history.

    998 days ago

    Gulf rig disaster case is delayed

    The US court case over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has been delayed for a week after a judge heard that BP was making some progress in settlement talks.

    1024 days ago

    Contract with BP 'shielded Halliburton'

    A US judge has ruled that Halliburton can avoid paying most of the pollution claims that resulted from the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill because it was shielded in a contract with well owner BP.

    1028 days ago

    BP emails reveal oil spill concerns

    An internal BP email conversation revealed today that officials were warning that if the Deepwater Horizon well was not protected by the blow-out preventer at the drill site, crude oil could burst into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 3.4 million gallons a day.

    1081 days ago

    Halliburton 'destroyed evidence of BP oil spill'

    BP is accusing Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement that went into the Deepwater Horizon well that exploded, killing 11 people and causing America’s worst offshore oil spill.

    1111 days ago

    BP sell-off deal falls through

    BP’s pledge to sell off billions of dollars of assets to cover compensation for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster was dealt a blow today after a major deal in Argentina was scrapped.

    1164 days ago

    Gulf rig disaster report blames BP

    A key US report has laid much of the blame on BP for the massive Gulf of Mexico rig disaster.

    1164 days ago

    BP faces new Gulf spill controversy

    A BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, it has emerged.

    1225 days ago

    BP oil spill claims thrown out

    A US judge has thrown out racketeering claims by the lead plaintiffs suing BP over last year’s oil spill.

    1248 days ago

    Disaster rig owners blame BP

    The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year has largely blamed oil giant BP for the disaster.

    1310 days ago

    Victims of Gulf oil disaster remembered

    Relatives flew over Gulf of Mexico waters where 11 oil rig workers died a year ago, residents gathered in prayer vigils onshore and President Barack Obama vowed to hold BP and others accountable for “the painful losses that they’ve caused”.

    1311 days ago

    Flyover to mark oil rig disaster

    Relatives of the 11 men who died aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig are flying over the Gulf of Mexico today, back to the epicentre of the worst offshore oil spill in the nation’s history.

    1314 days ago

    BP facing calls for sell-off

    Oil giant BP is facing calls from some of its biggest shareholders to sell off up to half of its assets as part of a radical restructuring of the group, it was reported today.

    1317 days ago

    Protesters removed from BP AGM

    A number of protesters were ejected from BP’s Annual General Meeting today after attempting to storm the stage.

    1325 days ago

    Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Drill contractor donates bonuses

    Executives at the offshore drilling contractor at the centre of last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill are donating bonuses they got for the company’s safety record last year.

    1333 days ago

    BP shares fall amid charges report

    BP shares came under pressure today as it was reported that staff at the beleaguered oil giant could face manslaughter charges over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    1339 days ago

    Safety valve failure at heart of BP oil spill, study finds

    A trapped piece of drill pipe prevented a fail-safe device from stopping last year's massive BP Gulf oil spill, a US government investigation has found.

    1359 days ago

    No bonus for BP boss

    BP has not paid its chief executive a bonus in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, its annual report revealed today, but two senior directors will receive combined payouts worth nearly £700,000 (€817,117) on top of their regular salaries.

    1375 days ago

    BP drilling boss 'quit over safety' before spill

    A former BP drilling operations chief resigned just months before last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill amid disagreements over the oil giant's commitment to safety, a class-action lawsuit says.

    1389 days ago

    BP chief focusing on future

    BP's new chief executive shifted focus at the oil giant to the "future rather than the legacy of the past" today as it revealed the Gulf of Mexico oil spill saw the company sink to its first loss in nearly 20 years.

    1394 days ago

    Sea turtle deaths soared after BP oil spill - report

    More sea turtles were killed or injured in the Gulf of Mexico in the months following the BP oil spill than in any similar period during the past two decades, a report found.

    1410 days ago

    BP spill probe: 'More effort' needed to avoid another oil disaster

    The oil industry and the government need to do more to reduce the chances of another large-scale oil spill, a US presidential panel investigating the BP well blow-out said today.

    1415 days ago

    Massive oil spill 'could happen again'

    Decisions intended to save time and money created an unreasonable risk that triggered the largest offshore oil spill in US history, which could happen again without significant reforms, the top-level panel probing the BP blowout said tonight.

    1431 days ago

    BP denies oil probation breach

    Oil giant BP is fighting charges that it violated probation for a 2006 oil spill on Alaska's North Slope by allowing another large spill in the area three years later.

    1436 days ago

    US govt suing BP over oil spill

    The US government is to sue BP for costs and damages in a bid to recoup billions of dollars after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    1436 days ago

    US government to sue BP after oil spill

    The US government announced today it is to sue BP for costs and damages resulting from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    1451 days ago

    Gulf disaster tops Yahoo search chart

    The BP rig disaster managed to topple Michael Jackson from the top spot on this year’s Yahoo list of most popular internet search requests.

    1473 days ago

    BP criticised for 'rushed' work on Gulf rig

    Oil giant BP too often operated in a rush during the closing days of work on its doomed Gulf of Mexico well, a US presidential inquiry said today.

    1473 days ago

    Oil spill contingency plans were inadequate, admits Hayward

    BP's former boss today admitted the group's oil spill contingency plans were "inadequate" and said it was unprepared for the media "feeding frenzy" after the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

    1473 days ago

    No evidence BP sacrificed safety to cut costs - report

    The presidential commission investigating the BP Gulf oil spill today challenged claims made in Congress that the oil company and others sacrificed safety to cuts cost.

    1477 days ago

    Coral damage found near BP well site

    US federal scientists said they found damage to deep sea corals and other marine life several miles from where BP’s blown-out well spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

    1484 days ago

    Contractor: We skipped crucial test on BP oil rig

    Contractor Halliburton admitted today that it skipped a crucial test on the final formulation of cement used to seal the BP oil well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico.

    1488 days ago

    BP sells four Gulf of Mexico fields to offset oil-spill costs

    BP has said it will sell four Gulf of Mexico oil fields to Japanese company Marubeni as part of its asset sale to help pay for the oil spill there.

    1494 days ago

    BP waives cap over oil spill liability

    BP informed a US federal judge that the company is waiving a $75m (€54m) cap on its liability for certain economic damage claims spawned by the massive Gulf oil spill.

    1500 days ago

    EU to introduce oil platform safety laws

    Proposals for the first EU-wide laws on oil platform safety and standards are likely early next year, the European Commission said today.

    1503 days ago

    BP 'in £6.3bn sale talks'

    BP is reported to be in talks with China's third-largest oil company over the sale of its Argentinian business for £6.3bn (€7.2bn).

    1514 days ago

    New BP boss announces major overhaul

    BP’s incoming chief executive took the first steps in rebuilding shattered confidence in the group today as he announced plans for a new safety division with “sweeping powers”.

    1525 days ago

    Permanent plug being pumped into BP's gulf well

    Crews are pumping cement into BP’s blown-out oil well thousands of feet below the sea bottom, working to permanently seal it.

    1526 days ago

    Final seal close for BP oil-spill well

    A relief well drilled nearly 2.5 miles under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico has intersected BP’s blown-out well, a prelude to plugging it once and for all, the US government said.

    1528 days ago

    Outgoing BP chief defends safety record

    Embattled BP boss Tony Hayward defended the firm’s safety record tonight as he was grilled by a committee of MPs over the implications of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    1528 days ago

    Blown-out well 'to be sealed by Sunday'

    The US government’s incident commander for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said today that BP’s blown-out well is expected to be permanently sealed and declared dead by Sunday, nearly five months after a rig explosion set off the disaster.

    1534 days ago

    Contractors hit back at BP oil spill report

    BP's investigation into the Gulf of Mexico spill sparked a backlash from its contractors and US politicians who accused the oil giant of attempting to shift some of the blame.

    1535 days ago

    BP report recommends better staff training

    The team behind BP's internal investigation into the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster laid out 25 recommendations to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

    1535 days ago

    BP report blames oil spill on 'mechanical failures and human judgements'

    A “complex and interlinked” series of events involving mechanical failures and human judgments led to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, a report by oil giant BP said today.

    1535 days ago

    BP to publish oil spill report today

    BP will today publish the findings of an investigation into the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster which led to the largest offshore spill in history.

    1538 days ago

    Gulf spill well 'no longer a threat'

    The ruptured well which pumped almost five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has been secured and no longer constitutes a threat, it was confirmed tonight.

    1542 days ago

    Rough seas hamper oil spill clear-up work

    Work to remove the 300-ton piece of equipment that failed to stop the massive BP oil spill could be delayed until the weekend or longer because of rough seas.

    1547 days ago

    US reopens more federal waters in Gulf to fishing

    The US is reopening more federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico for commercial and recreational fishing that had been closed because of the massive oil spill, a government official said today.

    1547 days ago

    BP vice-president grilled about safety strategy

    Frustrated Gulf oil spill investigators in the US lashed out at BP over its refusal to explain who was in charge of safety at the Deepwater Horizon rig.

    1548 days ago

    Misunderstanding 'hampered oil spill clean-up efforts'

    Critical time was wasted during initial efforts to slow the Gulf of Mexico spill due to a safety valve being wrongly plumbed, a senior BP official claimed.