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La. oil company appeals judge’s post-explosion ruling

FORREST COUNTY — A Louisiana-based oil company has appealed a judge’s ruling that upheld a new sign and fencing ordinance put in place by Forrest County after fatal 2009 oil tank explosion. The appeal by Delphi Oil Inc. of Baton Rouge, La., is among dozens the Mississippi Supreme Court will consider during its March-April term. […] [...]

BP exec: Management, cost-cutting not explored in oil spill probe

NEW ORLEANS — An internal BP probe of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico didn’t explore whether decisions by upper-level management or cost cuts had a role in causing the disaster because investigators didn’t have access to its partners’ employees and records, a BP executive testified yesterday at a trial designed to […] [...]

Expert: BP’s cost-cutting led to 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — An expert witness for people and businesses who sued BP over the Gulf oil spill says he found ample evidence that the company’s cost-cutting culture led to the disaster. University of California-Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea testified today at a civil trial. He says BP PLC didn’t implement a safety management program […] [...]

BP will not be penalized for 34M gallons of oil spilled in Gulf

GULF OF MEXICO — BP and the federal government have agreed that 34 million gallons of oil captured during the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico can’t count toward civil penalties the oil giant faces. The agreement is contained in a court filing yesterday. It came in response to BP’s argument that workers […] [...]

BP fails to reach settlement in advance of civil trial

GULF OF MEXICO — BP acknowledged today it had failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week’s civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.’s biggest environmental disaster. Rupert Bondy, the group’s general counsel, said in a statement that […] [...]

Broken pipeline leaks gallons of oil into creek

JASPER COUNTY — Authorities say about 40 gallons of oil leaked from a broken pipeline in Jasper County into a creek east of Bay Springs yesterday before being stopped. The pipeline, owned by Houston, Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline LP, began leaking sometime before 3 p.m. yesterday, when it was discovered. It connects to one of […] [...]

Boats still idled by oil spill on Mississippi; reopening uncertain

VICKSBURG — With more than 50 vessels idled on the water for a fourth day today, authorities said they still do not know when they will be able to reopen a 16-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to an oil spill. A plan to pump oil from a leaking barge […] [...]

River remains closed as oil spill cleanup continues

VICKSBURG — Barges transporting commerce idled among the nearly four-dozen vessels stacked up today along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River, denied transit as crews feverishly sought to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident. Workers have been skimming oily water around the clock near Vicksburg ever since a barge […] [...]

Towboat hits bridge, spills light crude in Mississippi

VICKSBURG — A barge laden with 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge in Vicksburg over the weekend, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for miles each way, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged. Although an oily sheen was reported up to three miles downriver from […] [...]

Aldermen weigh whether to allow fracking in city limits

CALEDONIA — With the decision of the Caledonia Board of Alderman to allow fracking within the town’s city limits, what has been a national issue is now a local one. The questions emerge: Is it safe? If so, what would fracking mean to the small town? There is no consensus on either question. Hydraulic fracturing […] [...]

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