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  • BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

    August 20, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Clusters of municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for economic damage after the company's 2010 oil spill. This week, BP finished making approximately $687 million in settlement payments to... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on the BP settlement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2015 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Just a few weeks ago, state officials announced Louisiana would be getting $6.8 billion from the lawsuit with BP over the 2010 oil spill. This morning, Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In to break down what this money means for the state. Five billion dollars of... more »
  • Louisiana coastal board seeks $39M for 4 projects

    July 16, 2015 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority wants to spend $39.4 million from fines related to the BP oil spill on four coastal restoration projects. The authority made the request Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Treasury. The money comes from fines levied on Transocean, the owner of... more »
  • Baton Rouge accepts $2.1 million settlement from BP

    July 15, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge agreed to accept a settlement of $2.14 million dollars from BP for economic losses caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set a July 15 deadline for local governments to... more »
  • Gretna agrees to $3.29 million settlement with BP

    July 9, 2015 9:24 AM

    GRETNA- The Gretna City Council has voted to accept a $3.29 million settlement from BP to mitigate claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The unanimous vote Wednesday came after the council discussed the issue in executive session. Local governments around the region have been taking action as... more »
  • Southern parishes moving forward with BP settlement

    July 7, 2015 8:44 AM

    ST. TAMMANY- Southern parishes are moving forward with the BP oil spill settlement. The St. Tammany council adopted a resolution authorizing the parish president to sign off on the deal worth more than $16 million. In 2010, tar balls from the oil spill washed into Lake Ponchartrain and... more »
  • 1 coastal Louisiana parish not settling with BP

    July 2, 2015 6:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The newly announced BP oil spill settlement covers the federal government, the five Gulf states and "the vast majority of local governmental entities" in those states. However, the government of one of Louisiana's hardest hit areas, coastal Plaquemines Parish, says it has not yet agreed to a... more »
  • Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

    July 2, 2015 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Thursday's settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean... more »
  • Possible BP spill news coming from news conference today

    July 2, 2015 8:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Attorneys General Buddy Caldwell is making a big announcement this morning. Very few details are known right now, but leaders in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are involved. According to our news partner WWL in New Orleans, it could be about the BP oil spill... more »
  • Oil spill claims assistance centers officially closing Friday

    June 19, 2015 6:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gulf Coast claims centers that were established to assist people in filing claims under a settlement for property and economic damages from the 2010 BP oil spill are officially closing. Friday's closure comes nearly two weeks after the June 8 deadline for filing claims. Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau... more »
  • Louisiana reopens waters closed after 2010 oil spill

    June 10, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators have reopened state waters in the Gulf of Mexico that were previously closed because of oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in a news release Tuesday, said the 100-yard buffer from any shoreline in a... more »
  • Last-minute rush as deadline nears for oil spill settlement

    June 8, 2015 3:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Brisk business was reported at Gulf Coast offices and on the Internet as people filing claims for losses blamed on the 2010 BP oil spill rushed to meet a midnight deadline. Claims administrator Patrick Juneau predicted a last-minute rush last week. In a statement Monday afternoon, he... more »
  • Ex-BP exec David Rainey not guilty of lying in oil spill

    June 5, 2015 11:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has found a former BP executive not guilty of making false statements to investigators in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Prosecutors said David Rainey, in the early days of the spill, manipulated calculations to match a far-too-low government estimate of... more »
  • Prosecution: Former BP exec lied to oil spill investigators

    June 2, 2015 12:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal prosecutor has told jurors that a former BP executive lied to federal investigators about how he came up with flow rate estimates after a 2010 rig explosion sent oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Defense attorneys countered Tuesday that prosecutors are trying to convict... more »
  • Trial set for ex-BP executive accused of obstructing probe

    June 1, 2015 4:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal trial is set to begin in New Orleans for a former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill. David Rainey has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed the investigation, and that he made false statements about his... more »
  • 'Deepwater Horizon' movie starts shooting

    May 18, 2015 11:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Filming started Monday on the set of "Deepwater Horizon," the moving about the 2010 BP oil disaster. The film stars Mark Wahlberg (pictured), Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson. The script is based off a New York Times report in December... more »
  • 5 years after BP spill: What's changed in offshore drilling

    April 20, 2015 2:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - As oil gushed from BP's ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. When the well was finally capped after nearly three months, political and industry pressure mounted on... more »
  • $5 billion in BP oil spill settlement payments so far

    April 15, 2015 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The man who oversees settlement payments to people and businesses claiming economic losses as a result of BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than $5 billion has been paid out. Patrick Juneau announced the milestone in a Wednesday news release, five days ahead of... more »
  • April hearing set on ex-BP engineer's reversed conviction

    March 5, 2015 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors hoping to win reinstatement of an obstruction of justice conviction against a former BP engineer will argue their case next month at an appeals court in New Orleans. Prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deliberately deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's... more »
  • Anadarko argues against $1B penalty in 2010 Gulf oil spill

    February 2, 2015 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill - which could reach $13.7 billion - has ended in New Orleans, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months. The trial... more »
  • Billions in federal penalties at issue in BP spill trial

    January 20, 2015 8:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal trial beginning in New Orleans is aimed at determining how much money BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties as a result of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Government lawyers at the trial opening Tuesday will be arguing for maximum penalties that could reached:... more »
  • BP hopes to lessen potential $13.7 billion spill penalty

    January 19, 2015 10:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the government and oil giant BP are preparing for trial in New Orleans that could add more than $13 billion in penalties to the billions BP already has shelled out as a result of 2010 Gulf oil spill. Federal lawyers say BP should pay as... more »
  • A look at the top stories in Louisiana during 2014

    December 27, 2014 10:57 AM

    The following is a list of Louisiana's top stories in 2014. U.S. SENATE RACE Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, denying her a fourth term in runoff election in early December. Landrieu had narrowly led a Nov. 4 primary ballot that included eight candidates from all parties.... more »
  • State reopens Gulf waters affected by oil spill

    December 15, 2014 6:55 AM

    GRAND ISLE - Commercial fishermen are once again harvesting Gulf seafood off the coasts of Elmer's and Grand Terre islands, an area that's been closed due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened state waters surrounding the islands, some of the areas... more »
  • Pre-trial hearing set for ex-BP exec

    December 3, 2014 6:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for one of the men facing criminal charges in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill are hashing out a variety of issues ahead of a March trial. The defendant is former BP executive David Rainey, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed... more »
  • Latest spill-related grants announced

    November 17, 2014 6:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A conservation agency has announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill - including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast. The National Fish and Wildlife Federation announced the latest projects Monday.... more »
  • Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling

    November 13, 2014 6:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence." It could mean close to $18 billion in federal penalties for the oil giant. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
  • BP oil spill lawyers to defend themselves at hearing

    November 7, 2014 3:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers accused of wrongdoing in the handling of damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are expected to testify Friday before a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear from lawyers at the center of a probe into claims of... more »
  • BP spill left big oily 'bathtub ring' on seafloor

    October 27, 2014 2:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - New research shows that the BP oil spill left an oily "bathtub ring" on the sea floor that's about the size of Rhode Island. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated... more »
  • Oil spill plaintiff lawyers: keep claims chief

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses and residents who say they were financially harmed by the 2010 BP oil spill are fighting the oil giant's efforts to remove the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the disaster. BP had filed a federal court motion in September... more »
  • Phony fisherman netted $75,000 in spill claim

    October 10, 2014 10:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Attorney in New Orleans says a Slidell man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with a claim he filed related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a news release that 55-year-old Darrell Morris pleaded guilty... more »
  • Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts

    September 24, 2014 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP wanted its money back - hundreds of millions of dollars of it - but a federal judge says the oil giant must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their business. BP argued Wednesday that... more »
  • Judge hears oil spill cleanup workers' claims

    September 24, 2014 4:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases will hear arguments about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013. The oil company says that's only fair because Judge Carl... more »
  • BP asks US Supreme Court to hear settlement appeal

    August 3, 2014 2:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out part of its settlement of claims for damage from its vast oil spill in 2010. BP argues in a request late Friday that the settlement goes against rulings in other federal districts and by the Supreme Court... more »
  • Trial date to be set in ex-BP exec's case

    July 26, 2014 10:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled an Aug. 11 conference where lawyers will discuss a trial... more »
  • US appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer

    July 11, 2014 3:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The notice of appeal was filed in the case of Kurt Mix in federal courts... more »
  • Feds want time to decide on retrial for BP

    June 17, 2014 6:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill investigation. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was... more »
  • New trial ordered for ex-BP engineer

    June 12, 2014 6:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has thrown out the conviction of a former BP engineer who was convicted of deleting company text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, had been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he deliberately deleted... more »
  • Claim investigator: fisherman should repay $50,000

    June 10, 2014 6:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A court-appointed investigator says a fisherman should return more than $50,000 in BP oil spill claim money. Louis Freeh, the former FBI director appointed to investigate claims arising from the 2010 disaster, filed a federal court motion Tuesday to force the return of the money. Freeh says... more »
  • Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal

    June 9, 2014 11:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses. The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments... more »
  • Safety board faults key device in BP oil spill

    June 5, 2014 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal investigative board concludes that the last-ditch safety device that didn't stop the 2010 BP oil spill had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today. The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board zeroes in on what... more »
  • Budget lacking money for Gulf oil spill litigation

    May 16, 2014 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's budget for next year doesn't include any money for the state's ongoing litigation against BP for damages caused by the 2010 oil spill. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is asking lawmakers to add $15 million to the 2014-15 spending plans to continue the casework. Without it, Caldwell's... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer seeks sentencing delay

    March 27, 2014 7:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Kurt Mix was convicted in December for deleting text messages in what prosecutors said was an attempt to hamper the government's criminal... more »
  • New sentence date for ex-BP engineer

    February 28, 2014 6:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sentencing for a former BP engineer found guilty of obstructing justice in the government's investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been pushed back while his lawyers fight the conviction. Kurt Mix was found guilty in December of one count of obstructing justice for deleting a string... more »
  • Fraud allegations at center of oil spill hearing

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to halt payments from a BP fund to compensate deckhands and other seafood workers harmed financially by the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The oil giant sought the delay because of investigations into alleged fraud by a Texas lawyer. BP argues the $2.3... more »
  • Appeals court affirms dismissal of parish BP suits

    February 25, 2014 4:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has upheld the 2010 dismissal of legal action filed by 11 Louisiana parishes over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill earlier that year. According to the ruling, the suits were filed originally in state court but were later moved to federal... more »
  • Way cleared for medical claims in 2010 BP spill

    February 13, 2014 3:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' action Tuesday... more »
  • BP seeks rehearing in oil spill settlement dispute

    January 21, 2014 3:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a ruling that upheld a judge's approval of a multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a court filing Tuesday, BP argues that a... more »
  • Texas lawyer seeks hold on BP spill suit

    January 18, 2014 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Texas lawyer being sued by oil giant BP over allegations that he falsely claimed to represent thousands of deckhands who lost money in the 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a federal court to delay the lawsuit while a criminal investigation plays out. Friday's filing on... more »
  • Jury: BP engineer guilty

    December 18, 2013 10:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - After nearly three days of deliberations, a jury convicted a former BP engineer with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors deliberated on Monday after hearing closing arguments by Justice Department prosecutors and a lawyer... more »
  • BP trial wraps up today

    December 16, 2013 7:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Kurt Mix's trial on... more »
  • BP notches win in bid to block settlement payments

    December 7, 2013 10:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Thursday noting the claims office will continue... more »
  • Jury selection begins in former BP engineer trial

    December 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts and voicemails about the response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice by the U.S.... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer charged over texts heads to trial

    December 1, 2013 10:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voice mails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jury selection for Kurt Mix's federal trial... more »
  • Gulf states get first $113M from oil spill pleas

    November 14, 2013 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The five states that border the Gulf of Mexico are getting $113 million to improve the environment. The grants, announced Thursday by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, are the first small chunk of $2.5 billion that BP PLC and Transocean Ltd. were fined as a result... more »
  • Former Halliburton manager pleads guilty

    October 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former manager for Halliburton pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill. Anthony Badalamenti's guilty plea in U.S District Court today comes with a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing will take place in January. Badalamenti... more »
  • Some BP payments suspended

    October 3, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company's 2010 oil spill cost them money. U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday's order a day... more »
  • Appeals court gives BP a win in settlement dispute

    October 2, 2013 6:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has given new life to oil giant BP PLC's claims that a judge's interpretation of a settlement after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could force the company to pay billions of dollars for bogus or inflated claims by businesses. The complex... more »
  • BP executive: Well could have been sealed sooner

    October 2, 2013 12:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A BP executive who led the company's efforts to end its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says its blown-out well could have been sealed sooner if a capping device had been built before the April 2010 catastrophe. James Dupree testified Wednesday at a trial... more »
  • Doomed rig worker testifies at BP oil spill trial

    October 1, 2013 8:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An employee of the company that owned the doomed Deepwater Horizon drilling rig says he was surprised when BP scrapped his team's design to stop the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Turlak, a Transocean Ltd. manager, testified Tuesday at a federal trial that is focusing... more »
  • Judge set to preside over 2nd phase of BP trial

    September 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP's 86-day struggle to stop the flow of oil gushing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico will be the focus of a trial scheduled to resume Monday in federal court. BP insists it was prepared to respond to the deadly disaster, but plaintiffs' attorneys... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to $200,000 fine

    September 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge accepted the plea deal today. Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It comes after data was deleted for a... more »
  • Judge asked to dismiss BP rig supervisors' charges

    September 18, 2013 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster have asked a federal judge to dismiss the manslaughter charges against their clients. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule Wednesday after hearing arguments by Justice Department... more »
  • Judge urged to approve BP claims czar's budget

    September 17, 2013 4:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The court-appointed administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has asked a federal judge to reject the company's bid to slash his office's proposed budget by at least $25.5 million. Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered... more »
  • BP seeks cuts in settlement program's budget

    September 12, 2013 9:49 AM

    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 Wednesday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau... more »
  • Oil spill restoration overseers approve 1st plan

    August 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says the committee that will oversee some of BP PLC's oil spill fines hopes to put money into restoration projects within 12 months. Pritzker spoke as chairwoman of the federal-state Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which will oversee 80 percent of BP's... more »
  • Firm challenges hold on processing its BP claims

    August 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans law firm has asked a federal judge to lift a hold on processing BP oil spill claims for hundreds of its clients while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates allegations of misconduct by an attorney who referred a client to the firm. A court... more »
  • Man arrested for fraud in oil spill claim

    August 14, 2013 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 66-year-old Buras man has been arrested, accused of creating a false bill of sale for a boat in order to obtain settlement money from BP. The Advocate reports Limauel Lee Watson was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Tuesday night on counts of injuring public... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    July 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday after BP attorneys argued that payments should be suspended while... more »
  • Administrator opens probe of spill claims lawyer

    June 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf is pledging to thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct by one of his staff attorneys. Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau said in a statement Friday that both BP and claimants "rightfully expect fairness... more »
  • Cleanup work after BP oil spill ending in 3 states

    June 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says cleanup work is ending in three of the states affected by the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant said Monday that the Coast Guard is concluding "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the... more »
  • Haliburton seeking settlement over Gulf oil spill

    April 22, 2013 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says it is trying to negotiate a settlement over its role in the disaster. Halliburton Chief Financial Officer Mark McCollum said Monday that talks are at an "advanced stage." The... more »
  • Testimony ends for 1st phase of BP spill trial

    April 17, 2013 6:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Testimony has concluded for the first phase of a high-stakes trial over the deadly 2010 rig explosion that led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't rule Wednesday on any claims in the litigation after BP PLC wrapped up its defense.... more »
  • La. man gets prison for plot to defraud BP

    April 3, 2013 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Covington businessman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a plot in which he fraudulently billed BP for roughly $1.4 million for use of a helicopter after the company's huge 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Bay Ingram, who owned Southeast Recovery... more »
  • Oil spill trial to resume today

    April 2, 2013 8:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Legal proceedings in the 2010 deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster is scheduled to resume Tuesday with testimony expected from a Halliburton employee who was on the rig when it exploded. Jesse Gagliano worked on the failed cement job that led to BP's well blowout. He was interviewed by... more »
  • BP: costs rising from spill settlement

    March 8, 2013 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is warning investors that the price tag will be higher than initially estimated for its multibillion-dollar settlement with businesses and residents who claim the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. The oil giant estimated last year it would spend roughly $7.8... more »
  • Plan July 6 to outline spending of BP spill fines

    February 4, 2013 10:16 AM

    HOUMA - The committee set up to manage most environmental fines going to the states affected by the BP oil spill of 2010 says it will release its plan July 6. The Courier reports that a seven-page document released last week by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council includes a... more »
  • Judge OKs $4B BP oil spill criminal settlement

    January 29, 2013 12:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP agreed in November to... more »
  • Federal judge delays ex-BP engineer's trial

    January 14, 2013 4:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix's trial was scheduled to start Feb. 25, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood... more »
  • La. AG's oil spill tab nears $24M

    January 14, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns. The $15.4 million that Attorney... more »
  • BP: Government overestimated size of spill

    January 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico. A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government... more »
  • BP settlement payments exceed $1B mark

    January 10, 2013 7:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Businesses and individuals who claim BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company's class-action settlement with private plaintiffs' attorneys. Court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau says payments hit the $1 billion mark before the... more »
  • Transocean's $1.4B oil spill deal will help Gulf

    January 4, 2013 7:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A $1.4 billion settlement between the Justice Department and Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean Ltd. will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into projects designed to help the Gulf Coast recover from the nation's largest offshore oil spill. U.S. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said... more »
  • BP worker loses appeal over court-ordered exam

    January 3, 2013 2:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to overturn a ruling that a BP rig supervisor must submit to a medical exam to determine if he is fit to be questioned under oath for civil litigation spawned by the company's Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel from the... more »
  • BP arraigned in oil spill case, pleads not guilty

    November 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer for BP PLC entered a not-guilty plea for the company as it was arraigned on charges stemming from a deadly 2010 rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The plea Tuesday in federal court was a procedural move paving the... more »
  • Oysters available for holiday tables

    November 20, 2012 4:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Grocers and a leading oyster processor in Louisiana say supplies for holiday tables appear to be ample this year, but the news is not all good. The state Wildlife and Fisheries Department said late Tuesday that commercial oyster harvests east of the Mississippi River are at historic... more »
  • Thousands opting out of BP spill settlement

    November 1, 2012 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The architects of a proposed class-action settlement of claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are confident it won't be derailed by thousands of businesses and individuals opting out of the deal. Thursday is the deadline for claimants to postmark written... more »
  • Judge delays start of BP spill trial

    October 26, 2012 10:47 AM

    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... more »
  • Judge tosses BP fuel dealers' brand-name claims

    October 2, 2012 2:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed claims by BP fuel dealers 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 Tuesday says the dealers' claims against BP PLC... more »
  • Feds vow to prove gross negligence by BP

    September 5, 2012 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP's assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill. In a strongly worded court filing, government lawyers also renewed their vow to prove BP engaged in... more »
  • Study: Dispersants may have hurt Gulf food chain

    July 31, 2012 4:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study on possible effects of the 2010 BP oil spill indicates dispersants may have killed plankton - some of the ocean's tiniest plants and creatures - and disrupted the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the nation's richest seafood grounds. Scientists say the... more »
  • Coalition offers vision for Gulf restoration

    July 18, 2012 6:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than two years after the catastrophic BP oil spill, environmental groups say billions of dollars BP is expected to spend on restoration should go toward buying tens of thousands of acres of coastal land for conservation, rebuilding Louisiana's eroding wetlands and creating nearly 200 miles of... more »
  • BP, EEOC reach $5.4M deal over gender bias claims

    June 29, 2012 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP and its contractors have agreed to pay up to $5.4 million to resolve complaints that some women weren't considered for temporary jobs responding to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because of their gender. The agreement announced late Thursday ends an investigation by the Equal... more »
  • Jury sides with Costner in BP spill lawsuit

    June 15, 2012 2:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Kevin Costner says his reputation was at stake as he defended himself against accusations that he cheated fellow actor Stephen Baldwin out of millions of dollars in a lucrative BP contract for oil-cleaning machines after the 2010 spill. Baldwin and a friend were seeking $17 million in... more »
  • More dolphins turn up stranded in Texas

    June 12, 2012 9:24 AM

    GALVESTON, Texas - More than 120 dolphins have turned up stranded in Texas since last fall and researchers are trying to figure out why. Experts are looking at the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They're also looking at an algae bloom or other possible... more »
  • Trial opens for suit against Costner over BP deal

    June 4, 2012 10:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in a legal fight between two Hollywood stars over investments in a device used to try to clean up BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In his lawsuit, actor Stephen Baldwin claims Kevin Costner and a business partner duped Baldwin... more »

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