Posts Tagged ‘oil rig’

Barbier schedules trial to hear non-class action claims

NEW ORLEANS — The federal judge who will decide whether to approve a class-action settlement of claims against BP PLC has scheduled a January 2013 trial for other claims spawned by the deadly blowout of the company’s deepwater well in the Gulf Mexico. After meeting yesterday behind closed doors with attorneys, U.S. District Judge Carl […] [...]

Barbier gives preliminary approval to BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge yesterday preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling allows the settlement process to proceed, but he will hold a “fairness hearing” on Nov. 8 […] [...]

Judge ‘leaning in favor’ of approving class-action settlement of oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in New Orleans said yesterday he is leaning in favor of granting preliminary approval to a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The development comes despite objections from a BP contractor on […] [...]

Fisher: Two post-oil spill restoration projects moving forward

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Two Mississippi projects aimed at restoring marine resources damaged in 2010 by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill are moving forward as part of Phase I of the DWH Early Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Phase I plan), according to Mississippi trustee Trudy D. Fisher, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental […] [...]

Gulf oil slick breaking up; source still a mystery

GULF OF MEXICO — The Coast Guard says an oil sheen off Louisiana’s coast is breaking up and is much smaller than when it was first spotted. The sheen initially was reported to be about 10 miles long and a mile wide when it was spotted Wednesday about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. No […] [...]

Coast Guard investigating reports of 10-mile-long Gulf oil slick

GULF OF MEXICO — The U.S. Coast Guard is checking reports of a 10-mile oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico near wells operated by Shell Oil. Petty Officer Steve Lehmann in New Orleans said a helicopter with a pollution officer on board was headed out today to determine where the oil was coming from. […] [...]

Transocean chief executive hoping for comprehensive oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — The head of Transocean Ltd. says the company is hoping for a comprehensive legal settlement of claims resulting from the BP oil spill. Transocean chief executive Steve Newman told a conference of investment analysts in New Orleans today such a settlement would have “to recognize the relationship” between a drilling company and […] [...]

Hood hires ex-Attorney General Moore to handle BP oil spill claims

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood confirmed yesterday to The Associated Press that he has hired former Attorney General Mike Moore and others to handle the state’s claims against BP PLC stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Hood hired fellow Democrat Moore, plus former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson and […] [...]

Environmentalists file lawsuit to block offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Sierra Club and The Gulf Restoration Network have asked a Hinds County judge to block the state from enacting new regulations on offshore drilling. Dan Turner, spokesman for the Mississippi Development Authority, said he has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment. The groups contend the process is moving […] [...]

Senators lobbying House to pass BP oil spill bill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are hoping the House of Representatives will look favorably on “overwhelming” Senate support for legislation that will direct fines from the BP oil spill to Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states. The Senate yesterday approved (74-22) the Moving Ahead for Progress in […] [...]

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