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  • Feds slam BP in key court filing, admit pollution from 2010 spill continues to ravage Gulf

    The federal government?s 37-page objection to BP?s legal claims blast the oil giant?s ?culture of corporate recklessness? that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and argue that BP wants the court to overlook deceased dolphins in Louisiana?s Barataria Bay and dying deep-sea corrals that are sickening fish in Gulf of Mexico.
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    In addition to its assertions on the long-term environmental impacts, the rebuttal from the government?s lawyers comes down hardest on BP?s campaign to minimize the recklessness displayed in its operation of the Deepwater Horizon rig and in key decisions made before, during, and after the catastrophe.
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    The Alabama filing (by the Alabama attorney general?s office) notes:

    We also intend to prove that BP represented to the federal government and the public that the flow rate was 5,000 bpf (barrels per day), while having knowledge that the flow rate was significantly higher. At the same time, BP proceeded with the ?top kill? method, even though BP knew that a) a top kill risked well integrity and thus further delay or permanent damage b) a top kill would be unsuccessful at 15,000 bpd or greater and c) the flow rate was far greater than 15,000 bpd. We intend to prove that BP?s ordering of the risky top kill, which BP knew was predestined to fail, amounted to willful misconduct which delayed the capping of the well by several weeks ? weeks in which an additional 1+million barrels of oil unnecessarily entered the Gulf.

    Full blog post: http://www.stuarthsmith.com/bombshel...to-ravage-gulf
    The salvage of human life ought to be placed above barter and exchange ~ Louis Harris, 1918

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    Re: Feds slam BP in key court filing, admit pollution from 2010 spill continues to ravage Gulf

    All were hospitalized, 2 with burns and 1 with inhalation damage:

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2...man-scott-dean
    Fire injures 3 at BP Whiting refinery
    August 15, 2012|Reuters
    Same refinery a couple of months earlier:

    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-06/D9V8ERO82.htm
    BP workers find 2 dead monkeys in shipping crate
    WHITING, Ind.
    Same refinery:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_1...-ind-affected/
    August 29, 2012 3:40 PM
    BP recall now 4.7M gallons; Ohio, S. Ind. affected
    WHITING, Ind. ? BP says the size of its gasoline recall is now more than twice as large than previously reported at 4.7 million gallons distributed as far as southwestern Ohio and southern Indiana...
    http://www.autoblog.com/2012/08/21/u...k-bp-gasoline/
    Unusual Recall Of The Week: BP gasoline
    By Jeffrey N. Ross RSS feed

    Posted Aug 21st 2012 1:30PM
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    BP did not say what the source of the contamination was..
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      Re: Feds slam BP in key court filing, admit pollution from 2010 spill continues to ravage Gulf

      August 23, 2012 9:00 pm ? By Bowdeya Tweh

      Law firms from Indianapolis and Merrilville plan a class-action lawsuit...

      Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Wednesday his office has opened an investigation to oversee BP's claims process "to ensure consumers' rights are protected."

      BP said about 220 stations in Northwest Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin received grades of gasoline gasoline containing a higher than normal amount of polymeric residue...BP said it traced the source of the fuel problems to the alkylation unit at its Whiting Refinery

      http://www.nwitimes.com/business/loc...57698385d.html
      The salvage of human life ought to be placed above barter and exchange ~ Louis Harris, 1918

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