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Mardi Gras, Super Bowl prompts oil spill trial postponement

NEW ORLEANS  — A federal judge — citing the distractions of Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl — has postponed the trial designed to identify causes of the BP well blowout that spawned the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico. The trial had been scheduled to start Jan. 14, but U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier said Friday that it ...

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BP, Coast Guard say source of oil sheen capped, plugged

GULF OF MEXICO — BP says it has capped and plugged an abandoned piece of equipment that is believed to be the source of a sheen spotted near the site of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant said today that it successfully placed a 750-pound cap over an 86-ton steel container that the ...

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Oil seeping from failed 2010 spill-prevention equipment

GULF OF MEXICO — A sheen on the Gulf of Mexico likely came from oil seeping out of a piece of discarded equipment that failed to contain BP PLC’s massive 2010 oil spill, the company and the Coast Guard said. A statement from BP said a three-day inspection confirmed that its Macondo well, which blew out and led to the ...

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Coast Guard says oil sheen from Deepwater Horizon spill

GULF OF MEXICO — The Coast Guard says an oil sheen near the site of the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico matches oil from the 2010 disaster. The Coast Guard says its tests established the oil came from the BP well. It could be left over from the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon rig or debris from ...

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Senators express oil spill recovery concerns in letter to President

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging the Obama administration to work toward a Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement agreement that meets both the ecological and economic recovery needs in Gulf Coast states affected by the 2010 disaster. Cochran and Wicker are among eight senators who have signed a letter to President Obama that ...

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Coast Guard reports spill from gulf oil platform

GULF OF MEXICO — The Coast Guard says an estimated 76 gallons of crude oil spilled from an oil platform operated by Apache Corp. off the coast of Southeast Louisiana. Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough said the spill was reported to authorities Tuesday. Colclough said a sheen created by the spill has dispersed and none of the spilled oil ...

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Last family member in oil spill fraud scheme sentenced

GULFPORT — The final defendant in a family’s scheme to defraud the government of oil spill recovery money must repay $21,000 and serve four months under house arrest along with three years of probation. The Sun Herald reports 29-year-old Sonya Renee Williams, of Gulfport, also must perform 70 hours of community service. Senior U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III ...

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Judge tosses oil spill lawsuit brought by BP gas stations, stores

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has dismissed claims by BP fuel stations and convenience stores that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico diminished the value of the oil giant’s brand and cost them business. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling says the dealers’ claims against BP PLC aren’t viable under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, ...

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Woman accused of posing as OSHA trainer; bilked fisherman for $200K+

WIGGINS — A Mississippi woman is accused of posing as a federal worker to make nearly $216,000 giving fraudulent training classes to fishermen who hoped to get jobs cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. A 22-count federal indictment unsealed yesterday alleges that Connie M. Knight, 46, used phony credentials, diplomas and certifications to con more than ...

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Analysis: Nearly all tar balls in Alabama from BP spill

GULF COAST — A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls now washing on to the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than two years ago. The report by Auburn University says that tar balls caused by the spill are hundreds to thousands of times more common than another type of asphalt-like ...

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