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Category Archives: Offshore Platform Accidents

Houston Chronicle exclusive: Drilling boom, deadly legacy

The last thing Felipe Saiz saw from behind his trademark mirrored sunglasses was the vast sun-bleached vista of the Permian Basin where he’d grown up, with its scrub trees and white caliche rock. He was standing on a platform near the top of Rig 11 at a West Texas drill site one morning in June… Read More »

Victims’ lawyers challenge BP’s effort to block payments

Attorneys for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill say a judge should deny BP’s latest effort to halt payments from its multibillion-dollar class action settlement because the company has failed to show that any claim has been calculated or paid improperly.                         A lawyer for the claims administrator also filed court papers… Read More »

Bankruptcy judge to manage Gulf spill victims’ attorney fee disputes

A federal bankruptcy judge has been appointed to rule on future disagreements over attorney fees related to the multibillion-dollar settlement between BP and victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier appointed Judge Jerry A. Brown of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana… Read More »

Halliburton says BP motion a ‘sideshow’

Saying it hasn’t violated any court order, Halliburton asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out BP’s request for sanctions against it in a dispute over key evidence in the Gulf oil spill trial. “BP’s motion, which is the latest chapter in its book of finger-pointing, seeks to create a mid-trial sideshow to divert attention… Read More »

Offshore platform fire claims third victim

One of the men critically burned last week in an offshore oil platform fire died early Friday, according to the Philippine Embassy. The embassy identified the worker as Avelino L. Tajonera and said he died at a Baton Rouge, La., hospital. The Nov. 16 explosion and fire on a production platform owned by Houston-based Black… Read More »

HCSO: Man admits to speeding before deadly crash

GALENA PARK, Texas – A driver admitted to speeding when he caused deadly collision in Galena Park Thursday night, detectives said. Harris County deputies said the driver admitted to driving about 100 mph before the crash on Clinton and Crown at about 10 p.m. Investigators said the man’s Dodge Challenger hit a pickup truck, causing… Read More »

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