Federal Government Claims BP Chose Money Over Safety in First Day of BP Oil Spill Trial

February 25, 2013 by  
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This morning the Federal Government kicked off the first day of the BP oil spill trial by stating that the disaster, which caused millions of gallons of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, was caused by the company putting profits before safety. Justice Department attorney Mike Underhill went on to accuse BP of cultivating a “culture of corporate recklessness.” The trial will further investigate the rig that caused the catastrophic spill to decide how many billions of dollars BP will have to pony up for the incident. Read the rest of Federal Government Claims BP Chose Money Over Safety in First Day of BP Oil Spill Trial Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , BP oil trial , deepwater horizon , eco design , green design , halliburton , Mike Underhill , sustainable design , Transocean

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Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

February 25, 2013 by  
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Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell’s “ Wings of Waste ” Cessna plane will fly from Sydney to London via Asia, the Middle East, and Europe using fuel refined from “end-of-life” materials such as plastic bags and other refuse that would otherwise wind up in landfills. Read the rest of Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aviation fuel , Cessna , hydrocarbons , jeremy rowsell , landfill , pacific garbage patch , plastic bags , plastic recycling , pyrolysis , solar impulse

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Local and State Governments Sue BP for Deepwater Horizon Clean Up Costs and Economic Losses

February 7, 2013 by  
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Last we heard from BP , the oil giant had agreed to pay $4.5 billion  in penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon blowout that spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for several months in 2010. But that could be just the beginning for BP, as the company has just been hit with a new $34 billion claim from local and state governments to account for economic losses related to the gusher. BP has already paid out about $58 billion for the environmental disaster, and the latest blow could bring that total above $90 billion. Read the rest of Local and State Governments Sue BP for Deepwater Horizon Clean Up Costs and Economic Losses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , bp fines , bp sued , british petroleum , deepwater horizon , environmental destruction , environmental disaster , gulf of mexico , oil spill , water pollution

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Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Spill and Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines

January 3, 2013 by  
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The US Department of Justice announced today that Swiss company Transocean Ltd, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank in 2010, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion for the oil spill that spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico . Under the settlement, the company will plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act, and it will agree to pay $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal fines. The announcement comes just six weeks after BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion in damages for the massive oil spill. Read the rest of Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Spill and Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , bp oil spill , deepwater horizon , Department of Justice , DoJ , environmental destruction , gulf of mexico , Gulf oil spill , gusher , oil spill , Transocean

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Study Shows Bacteria Gobbled 200,000 Tons Of BP Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

September 13, 2012 by  
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Have you seen those BP  commercials that talk about how the Gulf Coast is “open for business”? These ads are little more than BP-sponsored propaganda to assuage people’s fears about swimming in water contaminated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill . (Spoiler: there’s still plenty of oil washing up on Gulf Coast beaches). BP seems to think that their controversial dispersants did the trick, breaking down the oil until it was no longer visible on the ocean’s surface. But a recent study of the Gulf Coast shows that naturally occurring bacteria – not the Corexit BP dumped by the airplane full – are responsible for cleaning up the majority of the spill. Read the rest of Study Shows Bacteria Gobbled 200,000 Tons Of BP Oil in the Gulf of Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria , BP , corexit , deepwater horizon , dispersants , gulf coast , nasa , oil spill

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Lufa Farms Brings Large-Scale Rooftop Farming To Montreal

September 13, 2012 by  
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BP Oil Spill Responsible for Coral Damage in Gulf of Mexico

March 27, 2012 by  
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The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill are now confirmed to be responsible for deep sea coral deaths in the Gulf of New Mexico. Scientists say that almost two years after the BP Macondo well oil spill, coral communities as far as 4,000 feet beneath the sea’s surface show that oil from the blowout site bear the well’s chemical “ fingerprints .” What had once been full of vibrant colors, researchers say, is now an area sullied with brown, dull and dying coral. Read the rest of BP Oil Spill Responsible for Coral Damage in Gulf of Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , coral , coral damage , deepwater horizon , gulf of mexico , Gulf oil spill , gulf spill , macondo well , national academy of sciences , oil spill , oil spill disaster

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BP Settlement Provides $7.8 Billion in Compensation for Gulf Coast Residents

March 6, 2012 by  
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BP has agreed to pay an estimated $7.8 billion to settle lawsuits brought against the company by businesses and individuals in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The disaster, which caused around 205 million gallons of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, had widespread economic and health impacts on local communities. The estimated compensation, which is not capped, includes provisions for  $2.3 billion to bolster the region’s seafood industry and $105 million to improve available health care in the impacted communities. The Washington Post reports that under the agreement, BP also agrees to provide medical consultations for the next 21 years for those with spill-related health complaints. Read the rest of BP Settlement Provides $7.8 Billion in Compensation for Gulf Coast Residents Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottlenose dolphins , bp compensation , british petroleum , brown pelicans , deepwater horizon , dispersant environment , ecological disaster , gulf coast , gulf coast claims committee , gulf seafood , health issues oil , kenneth feinberg , oil spill

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BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed One Week

February 27, 2012 by  
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The trial that will decide BP’s culpability in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was set to begin in the US District Court in New Orleans today, but has been postponed to allow the oil company to continue to discuss settlements with plaintiffs in the case. Experts say the oil company faces up to $52 billion in fines and liabilities, making this case the largest corporate offense in history that requires a fine paid to the U.S. government. The disaster is sure to become one of the most expensive environmental disasters in history and the postponed trial is set to decide exactly how expensive it will be. The new start date is set for March 5th and the trial is expected to last at least two years. Read the rest of BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed One Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , bp on trial , bp settlements , bp trial , deepwater horizon , deepwater horizon oil spill , environmental destruction , environmental disaster , gulf of mexico oil spill , Gulf oil spill , oil spill , worst oil spill in history

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Audi Launches A3 E-tron Electric Vehicle Pilot Program

February 27, 2012 by  
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Audi just took its first step into the expanding U.S. electric vehicle landscape by launching a pilot program for the hotly anticipated battery-electric Audi A3 e-tron . The A3 e-tron pilot program will help Audi identify challenges and opportunities with plug-in vehicles as luxury car buyers become more receptive to EV technology. The program will be a major component of the discussion at the Audi Social Space at TED2012, where the automaker intends to spark a progressive dialogue about the role transportation will play in the global megacities of the future. Read the rest of Audi Launches A3 E-tron Electric Vehicle Pilot Program Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AUDI , Audi A3 , Audi A3 eTron Concept , e-tron , electric car , electric vehicle , etron , ev , ev battery , green car , green transportation , lithium ion battery , personal electric vehicle , TED

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