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Midnight deadline approaches for oil spill settlement claims

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NEW ORLEANS — With a midnight Monday deadline approaching to file claims under a 2012 settlement over the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the claims administrator said he expected a last-minute rush of filers. “There’s always a rush, for myriad reasons,” Patrick Juneau said in a telephone interview last week. Juneau said more than 328,000 claims had been filed ...

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Plan OK’d to drill into BP’s ill-fated Macondo reservoir

FILE -  In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NEW ORLEANS — Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation’s largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir, according to federal records reviewed by ...

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Mississippi oil workers feeling effects of price downturn


By JACK WEATHERLY  Rosemary Smith built her oilfield rental business from the ground up over 30 years. And the foundations of her R&R Rentals and Hotshot Inc. have been shaken twice since then. In 2008, crude oil started the year at $92 a barrel, spiked to nearly $150 in July — due in part to speculation fueled by fears that ...

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OPEC leader: Oil could shoot back to $200

Right now the oil market is totally focused on finding a bottom for oil prices. However, according to OPEC’s Secretary-General Abdulla al-Badri we’ve already hit bottom. Not only that, but he sees a real possibility that oil prices could explode higher to upwards of $200 per barrel in the future. He’s far from the only one that sees a return ...

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Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

NEW ORLEANS — The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that 3.19 barrels ...

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Shale oil: market correction or longterm direction?

By Jack Weatherly The golden age of hydraulic fracturing began about 10 years ago “as oil and gas producers began to explore the nation’s massive shale formations in earnest,” according to an essay on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers website. Expansion of the technique in subterranean shale formations has pushed the United States toward oil and natural gas self-sufficiency in ...

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USM researchers to study oil, dispersant in Gulf

HATTIESBURG — A research consortia led by the University of Southern Mississippi will use $11 million in funding to study the impact of oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem and public health. The funds came from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The research will be conducted from 2015-17. Eleven other research consortia got money. ...

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Gulf oil rig explosion kills one worker, injures three

GULF OF MEXICO — An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana’s coast. In a statement late yesterday, the Houston, ...

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BP appealing to have oil spill settlement administrator removed

NEW ORLEANS — BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed notice yesterday that it plans to file with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau’s administration ...

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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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