Judge Rejects BP Attempt to Lower Fines for 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

On Thursday, 2/19, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier declared that BP should face paying up to $4,300 in fines for each barrel of oil spilled during the Macando well blowout that spilled oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days in 2010. This is the result of an attempt by BP to lower the Read More

ELI Unveils New Gulf of Mexico Restoration Projects Map

Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has created a new online Restoration Projects Map that complements their Restoration Projects Database. These track where Deepwater Horizon restoration and recovery are taking place. According to ELI, “Both the database and the map aim to support transparency and public engagement by tracking where restoration funds are being spent, and by Read More

Alabama NFWF Phase III Funding Cycle Deadline – March 9, 2015

All project suggestions for potential Phase III funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund must be entered into the Alabama Coastal Restoration Project Suggestion portal by March 9, 2015. Go to www.alabamacoastalrestoration.orgto enter a new project suggestion or to review project suggestions currently in the portal.  For additional information on Read More

NAS Gulf Research Program exploratory grants

National Academies of Science Gulf Research Program extended deadline for its inaugural exploratory grants program to Feb 25, 2015. Priorities include: Exploring Approaches for Effective Education and Training of Workers in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry and Health Professions Linking Ecosystem Services Related to and Influenced by Oil and Gas Production to Human Health Read More

Texas Centers of Excellence Designated

On Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Toby Baker announced the selection of two consortia, one led by the University of Houston and the other led by Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi, to establish Centers of Excellence. Centers of Excellence are being created in the five Gulf States affected by the Read More

3.19 Million Barrels Spilled, BP Faces $13.7 Billion in Fines for Deepwater Horizon Disaster

In an official ruling on Thursday, January 15, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier determined 3.19 million barrels of oil were spilled in the Gulf of Mexico from the Macondo well following the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20, 2010. Under the Clean Water Act, oil spill violators face fines ranging from $1,000 to Read More

Environmental Law Institute Offering Webinar on Deepwater Horizon Litigation – Jan 14.

Environmental Law Institute is hosting a webinar, “Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Where Things Stand and What’s Next” on Wednesday, January 14 from 2:00-3:30PM ET. As we approach the start of the third phase of the BP oil spill trial, the panel of experts gathered for this webinar will discuss the first two phases and some of Read More

Comment Period for Alabama’s Center of Excellence Selection Process ends Feb. 2nd.

The 45-day public comment period for the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council’s (AGCRC) Center of Excellence Research Grants Program Draft Solicitation for Proposals and Competitive Process for Selection ends on Monday, February 2, 2015. Comments may be submitted online to agcrc@dcnr.alabama.gov or mailed to the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, 118 N. Royal Street, Suite Read More