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Tubular Bells project underway in the Gulf of Mexico

GULF OF MEXICO — The Hess Corporation-operated Tubular Bells deepwater project, located in the Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production, according to Chevron Corporation. The field is located 135 miles (217 km) southeast of New Orleans, in approximately 4,300 feet (1,310 m) of water in the Mississippi Canyon area. The discovery well was drilled in ...

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Gulf oil and gas leases to go up for sale in March

GULF OF MEXICO — Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Friday. The sale will include approximately 7,611 blocks, covering 40.5 million acres, located from three to ...

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Judge rules BP's 'reckless conduct' caused 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP’s reckless conduct resulted in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling today could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of Mexico with oil from BP’s Macondo well in 2010. Barbier ...

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Judge rules against MDA's regulations on offshore leases

GULF OF MEXICO — A Hinds County judge says the state must write a better economic impact statement on proposed offshore natural gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound before it can enact rules to lease areas that could be drilled. “A cursory reading of the EIS finds that it is severely lacking in the requirements,” Chancery ...

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Judge: Owners of Macondo well cannot avoid oil spill fines

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It upheld a 2012 ...

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BP ordered to resume oil spill payments as Court reviews settlement

NEW ORLEANS — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said yesterday. The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not put a stop to payments while BP appeals the court’s ...

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BP oil spill still being felt as tar balls wash up on islands

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi environmental authorities say oil debris found this week on state barrier islands is believed to be from the BP’s disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and contractors for the oil giant are involved in the cleanup. Officials believe high winds and seasonal low tides uncovered the material. Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality said ...

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Legal-Bay: BP claims settlement headed to Supreme Court

NEW ORLEANS — Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, believes the British Petroleum Inc. Business Economic Loss (BEL) claims settlement will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court under a writ of certiorari. Legal-Bay said the issues revolve around constant legal wrangling by B.P. to drastically alter the landmark settlement, by claiming that the settlement is not ...

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Environmentalists turn to court over offshore leasing rules

GULF OF MEXICO — Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound. At a hearing yesterday, the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network asked Hinds County Chancery Court Judge William Singletary to order the Mississippi Development Authority to reconsider the rules governing leasing certain ...

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