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Tough choice: Take BP money or sue?

GULF COAST — Alabama seafood market owner David Scott faces a difficult decision as he tries to rejuvenate his business after the Gulf oil spill: He can accept a piece of BP’s $20-billion claims fund — relatively fast, easy money — or sue the oil giant for a bigger payday, wait years and risk ending up with nothing. Thousands of ...

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BP report offers no apologies for oil spill

BP’s long-awaited internal report on what it believes went wrong when a rig exploded and started the Gulf oil spill never mentions the words blame, regret, apology, mistake or pollution. The word fault shows up 20 times, but only once in the same sentence as the company’s name. BP took some of the blame, acknowledging among other things that it ...

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Towboat company pleads guilty in oil spill case

NEW ORLEANS — A company whose towboat was involved in a crash with a tanker that caused a major oil spill on the Mississippi River two years ago pleaded guilty yesterday to operating vessels with unqualified and overworked captains. DRD Towing Co., a company based a few miles upriver from the French Quarter, pleaded guilty to violating the Ports and ...

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Gulf plan being revised following oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — The Gulf of Mexico Research Plan is being updated to account for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and identify new priorities or shifts in priorities. The Gulf of Mexico Research Plan was released in Sept. 2009 and has been used in initiatives that have funded millions of dollars of research in the region. A survey is ...

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BP shares gain on oil spill report

LONDON — Shares in BP PLC have extended gains after the release of an internal report on the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that deflects much of the blame onto contractor Transocean. The stock was up 2 percent at 414.95 pence ($6.41) shortly after the report was made public today. BP fulfils analysts’ expectations by taking some ...

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Crews in race to clean barrier islands

GULF OF MEXICO — BP and the federal Park Service have brought in some heavy machinery to remove oil debris on Mississippi’s barrier islands before shifting winter tides bury it too deep. Gulf Islands National Seashore superintendent Dan Brown tells The Mississippi Press that people using small sifters and hand shovels continue to work on the islands. The cleanup comes ...

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NOAA reopens federal waters to fishing

GULF OF MEXICO — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reopened federal waters adjacent to Mississippi waters to commercial and recreational fishing previously closed in response to the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The re-opened area was originally closed because oil was present in the area; however, no oil has been documented in the area since July 12 and ...

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BP's oil spill bill reaches $8B

LONDON — BP says it has so far spent $8 billion responding to the disastrous oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said today that the total included $399 million paid to settle 127,000 claims from businesses and other affected by the oil spill. The oil company said more than 28,000 people and 4,000 vessels are still ...

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No oil spotted from recent Gulf rig explosion

GULF OF MEXICO — Stark differences exist between the oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico and the blast that led to the massive BP spill. Most notably, no one was killed and no crude was gushing into the water, but the distinctions don’t end there. Even though the Mariner Energy-owned platform that erupted in flames yesterday was just ...

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Engineers: Taking cap off oil well could cause leak

GULF OF MEXICO — Engineers don’t expect crude to gush again from a blown-out oil well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico when the cap is taken off today, but they are taking precautions in case oil does leak. The cap is being removed temporarily as a prelude to raising the massive piece of equipment underneath that failed to ...

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