On Thursday, Halliburton plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the BP oil spill. Meanwhile, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered Transocean to turn over subpoenaed documents.
Following the BP oil spill, a study has found that crude oil is made 52 times more toxic when combined with dispersant, so this is hugely important since oil companies are still using dispersants for oil spill cleanup.
A must-read article by Mark Hertsgaard in Newsweek reports how BP lied about the size of the oil disaster and the danger posed to its workers, the public and the environment. It is a cautionary tale for victims of all oil spills.
The details of the plea agreement between Transocean and the US Justice Department are not final, but it looks as though the Swiss company will be shelling out $1.5 billion for its role in the Gulf oil spill.
Two years later, the true impact of the Gulf Oil Spill remains in question—and justice is elusive. In light of this, we look back at Photographer Daniel Beltra's shocking visual journal of the disaster.