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Judge Approves Historic $20 Billion Settlement for 2010 BP Oil Spill


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Judge Approves Historic $20 Billion Settlement for 2010 BP Oil Spill

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

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A federal judge in New Orleans on Monday gave final approval to a historic $20 billion settlement in the years-long legal battle over the 2010 BP oil spill that killed 11 workers and devastated coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Monday's settlement finalizes an agreement that was announced in July. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier had previously said the fossil fuel giant had played a "grossly negligent" role in the disaster.


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Will any of the people involved go to jail? Probably not. Just like the bankers of the subprime fame.

Peace.
ths.


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Part of the responsibility for the Deep Water Horizon spill disaster in The Gulf was appointment of the odious Ken Salazar as Interior secretary by newly elected DINO Barack Obama.

Salazar was a darling of the oil industry who ignored safety concerns, notably failing to mandate "Acoustic Switches" on all rigs in The Gulf - like the Deep water Horizon.
""Acoustic systems are not recommended because they tend to be very costly" - yeah, right! $560 million, seems like a freakin bargain now, don't it!

"U.S. regulators don't mandate use of the remote-control device on offshore rigs, and the Deepwater Horizon, hired by oil giant BP PLC, didn't have one. With the remote control, a crew can attempt to trigger an underwater valve that shuts down the well even if the oil rig itself is damaged or evacuated."


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The Obama administration allowed BP to clean up its own mess. BP used corexit which poisoned the gulf. Much of the oil is at the bottom of the water and will continue to cause massive problems for the planet. We are owned by psychopaths.


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Thanks for mentioning "Corexit" marymac!
Corexit use was criminal, and should be banned as in the UK - make oil "disappear" - from the surface only, dropping the highly toxic mix into deep waters! The US under Obama & Int Sec, Ken Salazar including the coast Guard approved using Corexit! Another example of environmental apathy, ignorance, incompetence and collusion by the Obama Administration!

How much of this BS pennies on the dollar "settlement" included increased damage from Corexit? There are more corporations, officials responsible for destruction of the Gulf biosystem than just BP! $20 billion is a drop in the bucket of real destruction done to Gulf waters and adjacent lands!
This "settlement" story needs expanding and finishing!

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_industryoil07.htm

"Deepwater Horizon - the worst oil spill in US history. The images are unforgettable: The Gulf of Mexico on fire. Pelicans emerging from the water entirely covered in thick, black oil. Planes flying overhead, spraying more than a million gallons of an oil-dispersing chemical called Corexit in an attempt to control the spill"

"mixtures of Corexit and oil were up to 52 times more toxic to microscopic animals known as rotifers than oil alone. Several leading scientists believe that the use of dispersants contributed to the environmental catastrophe that occurred throughout the Gulf, including the destruction of coral reefs. Studies have found that dispersants—as well as dispersant/oil mixtures—are more deadly to coral and coral larvae than oil by itself."

https://www.whistleblower.org/program-areas/public-health/corexit

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/bp-coffin-feds-must-ban-corexit


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Thank you --
the Guardian article is the exact point I wanted to make --

Part of the responsibility for the Deep Water Horizon spill disaster in The Gulf was appointment of the odious Ken Salazar as Interior secretary by newly elected DINO Barack Obama.

Obama knocked out 26 year ban on off shore drilling -- a crime in itself --

That subsequently we had such damage to the Gulf and human life suggests to me that Obama -- and Salazar -- should be in prison.

www.theguardian.com