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Judge rejects request to delay ruling on oil spill penalties

FILE - In this June 3, 2010 file photo by Charlie Riedel, a brown pelican covered in oil tries to raise its wings on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast following the explosion of Deepwater Horizon. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has refused to delay a pending ruling on how much BP will have to pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The request was made in a motion filed Monday by Texas lawyer Brent Coon, who represents plaintiffs with various claims against BP resulting from the spill. ...

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Jury trials for medical lawsuits over BP oil spill approved

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NEW ORLEANS — Oil spill cleanup workers who sue BP for medical problems that surface later in life have the right to make their case before a jury, a federal judge has ruled. The BP oil spill medical settlement reached in 2012 was set up to pay cleanup workers and others who experienced certain illnesses during the immediate aftermath of ...

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$134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

JACKSON — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they’re proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin. The ...

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Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature. But there’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture — nor is it as clear. ...

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Deepwater Horizon Five Years Later — Restoring the Mississippi coast starts with a strong foundation

Five years ago, on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and kicking off the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. When the well was finally capped 87 days later, the oil had already done unprecedented damage to Gulf of Mexico waters, wildlife, and fisheries, as well as the livelihoods and businesses that depend ...

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Feds to set new off-shore drilling rule, 5 years after BP oil spill

The New York Times reports the Obama administration is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, administration officials said Friday. The announcement of the Interior Department regulation, which could be made as soon as ...

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5 years after BP spill, industry touts ability to respond

NEW ORLEANS — An oil consortium says an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico today can be cleaned up far faster than five years ago when BP’s Macondo well blew out 45 miles off the coast of Louisiana, spawning the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. It took BP and the industry’s best containment technology 87 days to contain the ...

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More than half latest round of oil spill seafood claims paid

NEW ORLEANS — The administrator of claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than half the payments from a $500 million second round of seafood industry claims have been distributed. Patrick Juneau said in a news release that the program has resulted in $296 million in payments to 2,647 claimants. The $2.3 billion Seafood Compensation ...

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Trial ends over how much BP should pay for Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — which could reach $13.7 billion — ended Monday, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months. The trial closed after two weeks of testimony and arguments by ...

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Anadarko argues against $1B penalty in 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — An energy company that invested in the ill-fated Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico is arguing in court that it should not face steep federal Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 BP oil spill. The government has suggested a penalty of more $1 billion for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Anadarko lawyers argue for a lower fine, ...

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