BP Settles in Court Over 2010 Gulf Spill

Derek ByrdAccording to a recent news article put out by the JURIST online archives, BP is paying 18.7 billion dollars in restitution and penalties due to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The settlement, considered to be one of the largest in US history, is an addition to the previous payment of $43.8 billion they had to pay in penalties and clean up fees. The settlement sum will be split between the Clean Water Act  ($12.8 B) ,and the rest ($4.9 B) will be distributed among the states that were affected by the spill. 

Despite these penalties, a report filed by the U. S Public Interest Research Group is claiming that BP could benefit from this settlement once it files taxes at the end of the year. The Federal tax law does not prevent BP (or any other company) from treating the ecosystem restoration pay out as a business expense, which means that they can get a tax break on any money that isn’t used to pay penalties. Phineas Baxandall, an analyst for tax and budget policy, believes that BP should be held accountable for their actions, and in no way should they shift this burden to taxpayers.  In order to ensure this does not happen, Public Interest Research Group is pleading the federal judge to make these court documents public, and to incorporate specific language that will not allow BP to get tax breaks from this settlement.

The devastating 2010 spill has had major negative impacts on the ecosystem and families surrounding the Gulf, however many environmentalists believe that this settlement is a positive step towards restoration and helping out the communities whose livelihood was seriously hurt. Shortly after the spill, the US president appointed a committee that could answer questions, gather data and devise a plan for reconstruction. Their jobs will be much more intense now that the resources are in place. 

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Does Landlord Tenant/Housing Court charge any court fees?

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Yes. Possible fees:

  • It costs $45.00 to start a case.
  • It costs $70.00 if you ask for a jury trial.

Fees must be paid by cash, or certified check, money order or bank check made out to the “The Clerk of the Court.” Personal checks are not accepted.

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What do I do if the tenant is not paying me rent?

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If the tenant is not paying, you can start a nonpayment case to sue the tenant for rent. In a nonpayment case you ask the court to evict the tenant if the tenant doesn’t pay.

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How do I make a written rent demand?

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A written rent demand must be sent to the tenant at least three days before you can start the case. But check your lease it may say that you have to give the tenant more than three days’ notice.

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Our World Through a Lens: Photography Blogs to Follow Now

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Some of the best photographers and professional photo organizations maintain their homes on WordPress.com. See the world through their eyes.

Paul Zizka at Paul Zizka Photography

Paul Zizka is a professional mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta. His photographs celebrate the power and beauty of the outdoors, from the sprawling backcountry of Canada to hard-to-access locations in the wilderness. His night landscapes are spectacular.

Haffner Creek, Kootenay National Park.Haffner Creek, Kootenay National Park, Canada.

Emerald Lake, Canada.Emerald Lake, Canada.

Susan Portnoy at The Insatiable Traveler

Travel photographer Susan Portnoy focuses on wildlife and indigenous cultures and contributes to various outlets, including Yahoo Travel. She’s based in New York, but as her readers know, she’s usually off exploring a faraway destination. Her recent photo essays from Namibia on her blog, The Insatiable Traveler, are worth a peek.

Himba toddlers in their village near Serra Cafema Camp, Namibia. Himba toddlers in their village near Serra Cafema Camp, Namibia.

Susan Portnoy-Elephants A pair of elephants, intertwined.

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All Star Game Snubs

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All Star Game Snubs

The Major League Baseball season will come to a halt next week to honor the 2015 All Star Game played in Cincinnati on Tuesday July 14th. The starters and reserves have been selected and like every year, there have been some great players left off the roster. Part of this is because of fan voting. Up until 2 weeks ago, the Kansas City Royal fans had eight out of nine players as the leading vote getters for their position. Major League Baseball corrected it and we now have four Royals in the big event. Let’s take a look at two notable snubs from both the NL and AL.

1. Justin Turner 3B Los Angeles Dodgers – NL

Turner is having one of his best seasons of his career. While it may have taken him awhile to realize his potential, Turner is hitting .314 with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in. Not bad for a guy who normally averages 3 home runs, 24 runs batted in and a .286 batting average each season. The 30 year old arrived in Los Angeles last season and really feels comfortable. His stellar numbers this year come a year after he hit .340 with 7 home runs and 43 runs batted in in just 288 at-bats. Turner is not a part of the Final Vote and will look to be added as an injury replacement.

2. Brett Gardner OF New York Yankees – AL

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury had the Yankees rolling at the top of the order early in the season. When Ellsbury hit the DL, Gardner didn’t allow the Yankees to miss a beat. Gardner has been a great table setter at the top of the order for the Yankees. For the season, Gardner sports a .296 average with 9 home runs, 39 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases. Keep in mind Gardner hits leadoff so to have 39 runs batted in is pretty impressive, especially when you have guys at the bottom of the Yankee order like Didi Gregorious and Stephen Drew who both have hit sub .200 for much of the year.

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