On Tuesday, May 24th, 2012, Kurt Mix, a former BP engineer, was arrested for destroying evidence of communications requested by federal criminal authorities who were investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred on April 20th, 2010. Mix has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice that were filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana on Tuesday.
According to a recent article from Dow Jones & Company, Houston based Shell is stating that an oil sheen found in the Gulf of Mexico is not from two nearby oil and gas platforms owned by the oil giant. Shell spokesperson Ms. Weegh said "A thorough inspection to date of Shell assets reveals operations in the area are normal with no signs of leaks." According to a filing with the National Response Center on Wednesday, a five-square-mile oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico was spotted by Shell. Shell also said later that day that a 10-square mile layer of an unknown substance was floating between its Mars and Ursa platforms. The Mars and Ursa rigs are two of the largest producing facilities in the United States Gulf. They are located about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. In September 2005, Mars was heavily damaged by hurricane Katrina, but restarted service in mid-2006.
According the Associated Press, Anadarko Petroleum Co. has agreed to pay $4 billion to BP as part of a settlement related to last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP is using this agreement to support their contention that it was not solely responsible for the disaster. BP said Monday that Anadarko's payment will form part of the British company's $20 billion trust fund, which has paid out $7 billion so far to settle claims from individuals and businesses. Eleven workers were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig at the Macondo well exploded off Louisiana on April 20, 2010, causing the largest oil spill in U.S. history. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an oil-field related incident, contact our firm for a free consultation