Category: Energy Politics



Shreveport Attorney John Settle
by John Settle

Yes, Virginia, I do believe in Santa Claus; and when I get my check from the British Petroleum Business Loss Settlement fund, I will know there is a Santa Claus. Seriously, I qualify for money from the class action settlement, just like most Louisiana businesses.

Yes, Virginia...
Yes, Virginia…

Getting the BP money is not as easy as sitting on Santa’s lap. But considering that it is “free money” business owners should take the time to determine if they qualify. The good news is that even though your business may have done well the last few years you may still qualify.

BP’s settlement terms do not require that a business show that the oil spill caused harm to the business. To qualify to make a claim under BP’s settlement terms, the business must pass certain economic tests. There are five different qualification formulas and if a business passes one of them, then it has passed BP’s test and a claim can be made.

The qualification formulas are based solely on gross monthly revenue and Read more


There’s STILL a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea!


As previously reported – now verified in Washington Post story, the scientific “fingerprint” of the BP spill is on oil on the surface that did come from an apparent leak in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s time for greater resource to focus on stopping the oil that seem to leak from the floor of the gulf due to negligent work performed under the control of British Petroleum.

The Gulf of Mexico is the breeding ground and resource of all US citizens. It needs protection and supervision of activities that are potentially hazardous to all citizen’s health.

The complete Washington Post story  can be located here.

A portion of the article:

The oil in a slick detected in the Gulf of Mexico last month matched oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill two years ago, the Coast Guard said Wednesday night, ending one mystery and creating another.

“The exact source of the oil is unclear at this time but could be residual oil associated with the wreckage or debris left on the seabed from the Deepwater Horizon incident,” the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard added that “the sheen is not feasible to recover and does not pose a risk to the shoreline.” One government expert said the thin sheen, just microns thick, was 3 miles by 300 yards on Wednesday.

Some oil drilling experts said it was unlikely that BP’s Macondo well, which suffered a blowout on April 20, 2010, was leaking again given the extra precautions taken when it was finally sealed after spilling nearly 5 million barrels of crude into the gulf…. (Read full article)


BP Leak Reports “DISAPPEAR” from the Web!



The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an oily sheen in the Gulf of Mexico spotted last month near the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill site at Macondo Well 40 miles south of the Mississippi River, a spokesman said Wednesday, revealing a little more of the fossil fuel catastrophe and subsequent coverup.

“The Coast Guard’s National Response Center was first notified of the sheen on Sept. 16 in a report that said it was spotted on satellite imagery, and had not been visually confirmed,” the Times Picayune reports.

The sheen was later reported on a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site tracking environmental incidents nationwide.

The initial report from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration said:

“This hotline is being started for new reports of sheen of unknown origin in and near lease block Mississippi Canyon 252. This incident is likely related to reports in August 2011 (See incident #8345, Aug2011). Although the source of these sheens may be the wrecked BP Macondo Well, this relationship has not been established at this time. Activities include daily overflights sponsored by BP, with USCG or NOAA observers on board [intermittently]. BP is sending a vessel to the area with an ROV to investigate the potential source.”

That report is no longer on the web site as of Tuesday night. Instead, visitors see:

“Incident #8510 does not exist, has been deleted, or you do not have permission to view it.”

The report also said BP was sending a vessel equipped with a remotely-operated underwater vehicle to the area to investigate the potential source Read more


Large Sinkhole Forms – Drilling Issues Suspect

Bayou Corne South Louisiana
Sink hole develops near Bayou Corne in gas and oil field

NEAR BAYOU CORNE, LOUISIANA — A large sink hole formed Thursday night and Friday morning in the swamps below La. 70 South in a part of northern Assumption Parish where unexplained gas bubbles have been rising from nearby bayous and tremors have been felt for more than two months, a parish official said Friday. A diesel smell was present at the time but has dissipated according to a parish official.

John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, estimated the sinkhole is about 200 feet by 200 feet. It is on private land near the Texas Brine Co. LLC facility but it is unknown at this point on whose land the hole is actually located.

Texas Brine has yet to make a statement concerning the sink hole.

Natural gas has been seeping up from Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou Read more


Haynesville Shale Gas Output Rose 24% in May From Year Earlier


Haynesville Shale formation regionNatural-gas production from shale formations rose in May on increased supplies from the Marcellus deposit even after prices fell to a 10-year low, Energy Department data show.

Total output from shale formations in the continental U.S. averaged 25.58 billion cubic feet a day in May, 24 percent higher than a year earlier and up 1.7 percent from April, according to slides that accompany a presentation the department will make to Congress Aug. 1. Shale production has gained 5.7 percent this year.

Production from shale deposits with oil and other liquids has gained as dry-gas output has declined in response to decade- low prices, the department said in its Short-Term Energy Outlook on July 10. Gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped to $1.902 per million British thermal units April 19.

May output from the Marcellus shale in the eastern U.S. averaged 6.85 bcf a day, up 6.4 percent from the previous month and Read more


Freedom Requires Commitment to the Land


April 2010 will forever live in the memory of citizens who live with the scars of the oil on our lives. Freedom demands that we protect our environment so that future generations may experience some of the pleasure we derived in our youth.

Never Forget!

The BP oil spill that occurred along the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 led to a number of official claims which were due to be settled but could not be resolved because of some complications. However, this obstacle was overcome on Friday when the Congress of the United States authorized a plan to disburse the billions of dollars the government is expected to accumulate.

The BP oil spill, which occurred in April of 2010 due to a blast at the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, was one of the biggest oil spills in the history of the U.S. According to some analysts, £38.2 billion or $60 billion may be the cost the British oil company has to pay has as fines for the spill, which is also responsible for killing 11 workers.

Overview of the Act

American President, Barack Obama, is predicted to authorize his signature on the plan, which will direct almost 80 percent of the penalties Read more


BP Settlement: $14.4 Million to Provide Mental Health Services


Mental heath issues will plague Louisiana citizens as a result of the BP disaster for years to come. The need for monitoring and providing mental health services is a basic requirement for any settle with those responsible for the  damage. LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans has been provisionally awarded a $14.4 million grant over five years from the $36 million in total funding through the BP Oil Spill Settlement Agreement to fund mental and behavioral health treatment and longer-term supportive services to people and communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Dr. Howard Osofsky, Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry, and Dr. Joy Osofsky, Professor and Head of the Division of Pediatric Mental Health at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, are the project leaders of the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project in Louisiana.

LSU Health Science Center New Orleans

The mental health project is one of the four projects that make up the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program developed by BP and counsel representing certain plaintiffs in the Deepwater Horizon litigation in the US District Court in New Orleans. Supervised by the court, the program Read more


BP Gulf Spill Settlement In DOUBT


Mississippi Attorney General Fights Acceptance

BP (British Petroleum for those who spent the last 2+ years under a rock) multibillion-dollar deal to settle private economic damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill should let victims who agreed not to sue in exchange for early payments participate in the new settlement, according to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in a court filing.

Hood seeks to void hundreds of millions of dollars in so- called quick-pay settlements given to spill victims. Individuals received $5,000 and businesses got $25,000 through the quick-pay claim system, regardless of the magnitude of damages they suffered from more than 4.1 million barrels of oil that spewed from BP’s well off the Louisiana coast in 2010.

BP should “nullify the illegal, illegally-obtained and unconscionable” releases Read more


Louisiana Poised for Major LNG Exports


Federal regulators approved today the first large-scale natural gas export facility in the U.S. located in Sabine Pass outside Lake Charles, Louisiana, recognizing the rapid tidal swing from Americans becoming importers to exporters. Louisiana leads the way in a country abundantly rich in the natural resource. Northwest Louisiana’s Hayneville Shale should now become economically viable to continue the drilling process as gas will eventually rise above the $2 cellar price it has dwelled of late.

An energy industry watcher said the key will be whether the price of natural gas rises enough to help the state’s extraction industries without hurting the petrochemical industry, which has a major presence in and around Baton Rouge, with major deposits now seen Read more