Taylor Energy:


Why this U.S. oil spill can't be stopped and could ooze for decades



Image: NASA Tera satellite deep water horizon:




Wed October 24, 2018

An oil spill you've never heard of could become one of the biggest environmental disasters in the US

“(CNN)In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil tragedy commanded the nation's attention for months. Eleven lives were lost and communities around the Gulf of Mexico ground to a halt under hundreds of millions of gallons of oil. Yet, lurking underneath the fresh disaster, an older spill was spewing ever faithfully forth: A leak that began when another oil platform was damaged six years earlier.

The Taylor oil spill is still surging after all this time; dumping what's believed to be tens of thousands of gallons into the Gulf per day since 2004. By some estimates, the chronic leak could soon be larger, cumulatively, than the Deepwater disaster, which dumped up to 176.4 million gallons (or 4.2 million barrels) of oil into the Gulf. That would also make the Taylor spill one of the largest offshore environmental disasters in US history….”

“In September, the Department of Justice submitted an independent study into the nature and volume of the spill that claims previous evaluations of the damage, submitted by the platform's owner Taylor Energy Co. and compiled by the Coast Guard, significantly underestimated the amount of oil being let loose. According to the filing, the Taylor spill is spewing anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 gallons of oil a day….”




the Washington post: Oct 14 2018 (url not recoverable)

A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history

Image: washigton post

an aerial image of an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, taken on April 28, 2018. (Oscar Garcia-Pineda)



Sept 9 2015:

Veil of Secrecy Finally Lifted on Taylor Energy’s Decade Long Oil Leak

“September 3, 2015, New York, NY and New Orleans, LA — Today Waterkeeper Alliance, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and Louisiana Environmental Action Network, represented by the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and the National Environmental Law Center, signed a settlement agreement with Taylor Energy. This settlement signals the end of a three-year lawsuit intended to lift the veil of secrecy on an oil leak that has been ongoing since 2004 at Taylor Energy’s wells in the Gulf of Mexico.”

“As a key part of the settlement agreement, Taylor Energy agrees to provide information about the spill since it started in 2004 and open public access to information on an ongoing basis. For the first time in more than a decade Taylor Energy will publicly disclose what it has done to stop the oil leak. The settlement agreement bars Taylor Energy from continuing to broadly object to the release of information about the leak and its efforts to contain it….”




Settlement talks continue in suit over 13-year-old oil leak

Updated Nov 6, 2017; Posted Nov 6, 2017

“Taylor Energy, who has failed to stop a 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, is asking for more time to negotiate a settlement that could allow it to recover millions of dollars it set aside for work to end the leak. A court filing Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, says Taylor Energy Co. representatives and U.S. officials have met four times in the past year to discuss possible terms of a settlement that would resolve its lawsuit against the federal government….”