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Worker dies in oil rig accident in Southwest Mississippi

BROOKHAVEN — A Brookhaven man has died in a work-related accident on an oil rig in Lincoln County. County Coroner Clay McMorris says 22-year-old Chase D. Curtice was working on the rig Monday when he was struck by a pipe. The accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. about two miles northeast of Brookhaven. Curtice was taken by private vehicle to King’s ...

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Judge: Businesses shouldn't repay oil spill settlement money

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP must stand by the agreement made with the companies it compensated for losses after the 2010 Gulf oil spill despite the oil giant saying some claims were overestimated. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled nearly 800 businesses to overestimate their spill-related claims. One construction company hundreds of miles ...

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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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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 appeals judge's ruling over spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — BP is appealing a judge’s rejection of its argument that claimants who can’t trace their losses directly to the company’s 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn’t receive payments through a multibillion-dollar settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ lawyers. BP attorneys filed a notice of appeal yesterday, two days after the ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. ...

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MDEQ offers new way to give ideas on post-oil spill restoration

There is new, convenient way to chime in thoughts and ideas on how to revitalize the Gulf Coast in the after math of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has created a web site — www.restore.ms — where the public can submit ideas. MDEQ executive director Trudi Fisher says MDEQ has already received a number ...

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BP wants wants cut in oil spill settlement budget

NEW ORLEANS — BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111-million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company’s multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill. In a court filing yesterday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau refused to cut his office’s fourth-quarter budget request by at least $25.5 ...

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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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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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