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Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by the claims administrator’s office didn’t ...

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Report blames welding for fatal Gulf oil rig fire

GULF OF MEXICO — A consultant’s report for a Texas-based company says a deadly 2012 explosion on its Gulf of Mexico oil platform off the Louisiana coast happened when workers for a subcontractor used unsafe welding practices. The report was released today, the same day two injured workers and their spouses filed a $180 million federal lawsuit in connection with ...

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Judge sets deadline for oil spill claims administrator to respond to BP allegations

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set an Aug. 26 deadline for court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau to respond to BP’s allegations that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside a settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents. In an order yesterday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ...

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Judge rules BP must pay oil spill settlement administrator

NEW ORLEANS — A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled that BP is obligated to fund the settlement program’s third-quarter budget even though BP complains that its administrator, ...

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BP claims it's found more fraud in oil spill settlement program

NEW ORLEANS — BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing today, BP renewed its request for a judge to temporarily suspend settlement ...

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Governors announce partnership to research oil sands

MOBILE — The governors of Mississippi and Alabama said Saturday their two states will partner to study oil sands resources. Oil sands are a sandy mixture found below the surface containing bitumen. After extracting the sand, the bitumen can be transformed into crude oil that can be refined. Gov. Phil Bryant and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced the partnership Saturday ...

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CRAWFORD: Exports and ethanol impact gasoline prices

ith U.S. oil production soaring and demand for gasoline falling, why are pump prices rising, consumers, small businesses, and local governments want to know. Yesterday, OPEC was the culprit behind rising fuel prices by limiting the supply of crude oil in the face of growing world demand. Today, the U.S. has nearly weaned itself from OPEC oil as domestic production ...

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MDEQ seeking public comment on post-oil spill restoration

LONG BEACH — On July 16 in Long Beach, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will seek public input on the types of early restoration they would like to see implemented as part of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). “Making the Gulf whole following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and providing citizens the opportunity to ...

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Plaintiff wants Pilot Flying J case shifted to S. Miss.

NASHVILLE — A dozen federal lawsuits against the truck stop chain run by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam could be consolidated before a single judge. The cases stem from a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud by the sales team at privately held Pilot Flying J, the country’s largest diesel retailer. Various plaintiffs have asked for the cases to be ...

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With tar balls still common, some question end of oil spill cleanup

GULF OF MEXICO — Finding tar balls linked to the BP oil spill isn’t difficult on some Gulf Coast beaches, but the company and the government say it isn’t common enough to keep sending out the crews that patrolled the sand for three years in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Tourist John Henson of Atlanta disagrees, particularly after going for a ...

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