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Court reverses decision on BP getting oil spill insurance money

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has withdrawn its earlier ruling that BP is entitled to a portion of $750 million in coverage under a contractor’s insurance policies to help the London-based oil giant pay for costs associated with its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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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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Workers complete debris removal from blown out Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal regulators say workers have finished removing debris from the wellhead of a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last month off the coast of Louisiana. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said yesterday that it has approved plans to send a camera down the wellbore as part of efforts to ...

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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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Gulf gas well blowout could spark changes in drilling regulations

GULF OF MEXICO — Last week’s blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators’ focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract to Walter Gas & Oil, spewed gas July 23 that eventually ignited. The fire damaged the Hercules ...

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Drilling to begin on relief well at site of Gulf blowout

GULF OF MEXICO — Crews are expected to begin drilling a relief well Thursday at the site of a gas well that blew wild July 23 off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the Rowan EXL-3 rig has been moved to the site, about 55 ...

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Researchers sampling water around blown out Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. Joseph Montoya, a biology professor with Georgia Tech, was performing tests aboard a vessel near the site of the 2010 BP oil spill when the Hercules 265 well blew ...

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