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Officials: Oil washed up on beaches by Isaac from BP spill

GULF COAST — Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn’t cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010. Since Isaac made landfall more than a week ago, the water the storm has receded and tar balls and oil have been reported on shores in Alabama and Louisiana, where officials closed a ...

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Weathered oil washes up on beaches; could be from BP spill

GULF COAST — Weathered oil in the form of tar has washed up on some Louisiana beaches from Gulf waters churned by Hurricane Isaac, prompting restrictions of fishing in some waters and tests to determine whether the source is submerged oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. “I’d say there’s a smoking gun,” said Garret Graves, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top ...

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Leaking Keesler generator spills diesel into bay

BILOXI — Keesler Air Force Base reported it is responding to a diesel fuel spill from the base commissary generator that leaked into a storm drain leading to Biloxi’s Back Bay yesterday. Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy, 81st Training Wing commander, said the base’s fire department, hazardous materials spill team and environmental officials are on scene for clean-up efforts. “Patches of ...

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Governor appoints team to draw up oil spill money plan

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed more than 100 people from Mississippi’s coastal counties to draft a plan on how to spend money the state will get in legal damages as a result of the BP oil spill. The five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico will get 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the ...

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Regulators release final set of rules for offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — Government regulators issued a final set of safety rules for offshore drilling yesterday, fine-tuning a series of emergency measures put in place after the BP oil spill in 2010. Oil industry groups reacted tepidly, saying they were still poring over the 137-page rule released by the Interior Department. Some environmental activists, meanwhile, panned it, calling it ...

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Oil spill panel: BP missed systemic hazards, lax on overall safety

WASHINGTON — BP focused too much on the little details of personal worker safety instead of the big systemic hazards that led to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and wasn’t as strict on overall safety when drilling rigs involved other companies that they hired, a government safety panel concludes. Eleven workers were killed in the April 2010 explosion ...

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Study: Oil spill's impact could take years to become apparent

GULF OF MEXICO — New research by an Auburn University professor and other scientists suggests that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could have significant impacts on microscopic life that might not become apparent for years. Auburn professor Ken Halanych and scientists from the University of New Hampshire, the University of California Davis Genome Center, and the University of ...

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Fertilizer plant explosion leaves one dead, two injured

PASACAGOULA — A worker at the Mississippi Phosphates fertilizer facility in Pascagoula has been killed in an explosion. Two other workers were injured. Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified the victim of Friday’s incident as Jeremy Moore, 20, of Moss Point. The two injured workers were taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, but authorities say one patient will be ...

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Barbier schedules trial to hear non-class action claims

NEW ORLEANS — The federal judge who will decide whether to approve a class-action settlement of claims against BP PLC has scheduled a January 2013 trial for other claims spawned by the deadly blowout of the company’s deepwater well in the Gulf Mexico. After meeting yesterday behind closed doors with attorneys, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier scheduled the start of ...

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