CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2006 |
Federal, state and BP crews are cleaning up an estimated 43,000 gallons of oil product from a BP pipeline at the Port of Long Beach in an incident that occurred Friday morning but not made public until Tuesday afternoon. The gas oil, a flammable substance used to make gasoline, apparently did not reach harbor waters. Most was trapped in a pump station, but some oil contaminated the soil in a nearby rail yard , said spokesmen for the U.S. Coast Guard and the city of Long Beach.
May 22, 2001
The company that supplanted Arco in downtown Los Angeles is about to replace the sign on the oil company's Bunker Hill office building with one of its own. Britain-based BP, which owns the Arco brand, will unveil a sign today with the BP name atop 57-story 333 S. Hope St., which will be renamed BP Plaza. Senior BP executives will preside over noon ceremonies that will include street performers and other entertainment, BP said.
September 8, 2006 |
Rep. Joe L. Barton (R-Texas) was "very concerned." Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) was "frustrated" and "angry," as well as "concerned." And Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) was "just baffled." No one, in fact, said he or she was pleased during a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations, which spent hours Thursday examining what led to a break in one of BP's Alaska oil pipelines this year.
June 29, 2006 |
Federal investigators said Wednesday that traders at oil and gas producer BP cornered the U.S. propane market in the winter of 2004 to illegally manipulate prices, driving heating costs higher for rural consumers. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said BP traders, with the consent of senior management, "purchased enormous quantities of propane to establish a dominant" position in the market and then withheld fuel from the market to drive prices higher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2007 |
A $500-million deal between UC Berkeley and oil giant BP to establish a joint energy laboratory has prompted growing protests by students and faculty who fear the arrangement will compromise the university's integrity. Some critics charge that the privately negotiated pact will turn the campus into "UCBP." And they question aspects of the deal that would give the oil company unusual influence at the campus, including exclusive control over some of the institute's expected findings.
December 16, 2010 |
The Obama administration filed a civil complaint Wednesday against BP and eight other companies over the gulf oil spill this year, setting up a lengthy and complex legal battle over cleanup costs and penalties that could amount to billions of dollars. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, alleges a series of violations of federal safety and operational regulations that resulted in the April 20 explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
April 2, 2009 |
A helicopter returning from a North Sea oil platform went down off the northeast coast of Scotland with 16 people on board, and police said at least eight were killed. Scotland's Grampian Police said eight bodies had been recovered from the sea and that the search for the other passengers was continuing. A spokesman for the BP oil company said the helicopter was working for the company and was returning to Britain from an offshore oil field.
July 12, 2003 |
A weakened Tropical Storm Claudette entered the Gulf of Mexico with 50-mph winds and started on a path that could lead it toward southern Texas. Claudette had dumped heavy rains, sunk small boats and whipped up waves in Cancun as it passed over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, but it did little noticeable damage. In Texas, the BP oil company evacuated nonessential employees from oil and gas platforms along the Gulf of Mexico. The company did not shut down production, a spokesman said.
March 25, 2014 |
Some lessons take a long time to sink in. The Exxon Valdez disaster, which occurred 25 years ago this week when the oil tanker struck a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound, was both the product of previous lessons unlearned and the source of new lessons that continue to be overlooked. One lesson was that industry self-regulation and lax governmental oversight don't work to the public's benefit. In this case, the vessel was operating on March 24, 1989, with an overworked crew that was half the size of standard crews 20 years earlier; the tanker's hull construction didn't meet specifications agreed to by the oil industry for tankers carrying Alaskan oil. The Coast Guard, which was charged with conducting safety inspections of tankers, didn't do so because its staff had been cut by one-third. The environmental effects of the spilled oil in what was then the largest ever in U.S. waters--it was surpassed by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico--have been worse and longer lasting than anyone anticipated.
May 26, 2010 |
Hours before the fatal accident that sank the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, workers for the rig's owner quarreled with BP officials who wanted to finish the drilling job despite problems, a mechanic told a Coast Guard committee in Louisiana on Wednesday. Douglas Brown, the rig's chief mechanic, testified that three officials for rig owner Transocean Ltd. balked at the desire of a BP "company man" to remove drilling mud from the pipe connecting the rig with the well.