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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
May 4, 2012 7:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has pushed back the start of a civil trial for claims against BP PLC and other companies involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday set a date of Jan. 14, 2013. Trial had been scheduled to start... more »
April 24, 2012 10:02 PM
Cement contractor Halliburton is objecting to a proposed $7.8 billion settlement between BP and a plaintiffs group representing more than 100,000 victims of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton said in a filing in federal court in New Orleans late Tuesday the settlement improperly seeks to... more »
April 19, 2012 7:34 AM
BARATARIA BAY - Two years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, scientists say they're finding trouble with sick fish that dwell along offshore reefs and in the deep waters - especially in places where the oil spill hit the hardest. The scientists are unsure what's causing a small... more »
February 12, 2012 4:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the owners of the drilling rig that exploded at the start of the 2010 oil spill are asking a federal judge to make a key witness talk to them before their trial. Attorneys for Transocean want to interview Donald Vidrine, who was BP's well site... more »
November 15, 2011 11:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says Alabama and Louisiana can pursue punitive damages against BP and other companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR' bee aye)... more »
October 7, 2011 4:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana may delay the start of the oyster season on most public seed grounds while scientists collect oysters and sediment to check for any damage from last year's BP PLC oil spill.
Harry Blanchet, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, had said... more »
September 27, 2011 3:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Contrary to public perception that last summer's BP oil spill did little damage to marine life in Louisiana, a new study says a common fish in the marshes was hurt severely by the spill and now is turning up deformed and may be unable to reproduce properly.... more »
September 13, 2011 4:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press show a BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But the oil giant failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for at... more »
August 15, 2011 5:18 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - The administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund wants a federal court to preside over a Mississippi lawsuit, instead of the state court where the suit was filed.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has said Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg isn't properly handling the fund for... more »
August 10, 2011 12:40 PM
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Mats of oil are still in evidence along Horn Island's west end, more than a year after the BP oil disaster.
BP spokesman Ray Melick tells The SunHerald that the company is gearing up to return to Horn Island with sand-cleaning crews as soon as... more »
July 11, 2011 4:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state will seek approval for more than a half billion dollars in projects to restore coastal areas and fisheries affected by last year's huge BP oil spill.
The money would come from $1 billion that BP agreed to spend in... more »
July 6, 2011 10:33 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A judge has ordered that video clips of a deposition former BP chief Tony Hayward gave last month in ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation be removed from the sites of News Corp. online newspaper The Daily and Google Inc.'s YouTube.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally... more »
June 22, 2011 7:02 AM
ATLANTA- An internal investigation by the owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year largely blames oil giant BP for the disaster. The Transocean report released Wednesday says the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill was the result of a succession... more »
June 20, 2011 4:12 AM
BELLE CHASSE- Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is expected to officially announce his run for lieutenant governor today.
Nungesser considered running for the position last fall in the special election won by Jay Dardenne but decided to make another run for parish president. He won the seat with 71-percent... more »
May 25, 2011 3:22 AM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana legislative leaders are asking Ken Feinberg, who is overseeing the payments from a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the oil spill, to keep open three claims offices he plans to close next week. Senate President Joel Chaisson and House Speaker Jim Tucker sent letters to... more »
April 20, 2011 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- One year after the oil spill, many seafood restaurants are still experiencing the effects of the Gulf disaster, but the biggest drawback is beginning to wane. Originally restaurants were worried about the perception of Gulf food, but recently more people are eating seafood without caution.
"The perception... more »
April 20, 2011 4:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is suing the maker of the device that failed to stop last year's calamitous Gulf oil spill, alleging negligence that the oil giant says helped cause the disaster.
The British company says in papers filed in federal court in New Orleans on Wednesday that Cameron... more »
April 19, 2011 11:36 AM
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Florida won't join a lawsuit against the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded a year ago, causing the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wednesday is the deadline for joining a federal lawsuit against Transocean in New Orleans.
The state... more »
April 12, 2011 5:35 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A new report by a prominent environmental group says the effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico and the animals that live in it will take place over years, if not decades.
The National Wildlife Federation says it is much too soon... more »
April 12, 2011 11:32 AM
April 1, 2011 11:46 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The commander of the New Orleans-based Coast Guard District says the BP oil spill sparked an "evolution of crisis response."
Rear Adm. Mary Landry told an advocacy group the Coast Guard won't let up on cleanup efforts along the coast.
Landry served as Federal On Scene... more »
March 28, 2011 3:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Lead attorneys for people suing BP over last year's oil spill can view emails exchanged between a key engineer for the oil giant and his wife, a federal magistrate judge ruled Monday.
Judge Sally Shushan said the marital privilege doctrine does not protect the emails Brian... more »
March 23, 2011 11:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal probe has found that a trapped piece of drill pipe prevented a key failsafe device from properly sealing off the blown oil well that caused last year's massive Gulf oil spill, according to a report released Wednesday.
The 551-page report said the device, known... more »
March 12, 2011 9:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The Obama administration has billed BP PLC. for $62 million spent responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The federal government sent the bill Friday. It was the 10th bill sent to BP and other companies considered responsible parties.
BP is required to pay for... more »
March 10, 2011 9:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Every parish knows how much gets handed out to boost tourism. But before it's spent the state wants an outline of where it's going.
While the larger parishes haven't decided how they'll spend the money, many smaller parishes have already submitted their plans.
In West Baton... more »
February 24, 2011 12:58 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal scientist says a surge of baby bottlenosed dolphin deaths has a precedent four years ago in Texas.
In March 2007, 68 dolphins washed up in Galveston and Jefferson counties.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Blair Mase says those included an unusual number... more »
February 17, 2011 2:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS- The administrator of the $20 billion fund for Gulf oil spill victims, under fire for red tape and delays, has been told by BP that his formula for determining final payments is actually too generous.
A document purporting to be from a major business was posted on... more »
February 8, 2011 3:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Several companies hired to help BP respond to the massive oil spill claim the company or one of its subcontractors owes them millions of dollars for their work. Ricky Myers, who owns Rhino Construction in Bay St. Louis, Miss., said Tuesday that BP contractor O'Brien's Response Management... more »
February 1, 2011 4:48 PM
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s governor and attorney general want a judge to step in and oversee communications between people claiming a portion of BP’s oil spill compensation fund and the fund’s administrator, Ken Feinberg. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed the motion in federal court in New Orleans today. It asks... more »
January 24, 2011 4:09 PM
METAIRIE - Sometimes chanting "Write the check," about 40 black ministers and protesters gathered at a suburban New Orleans church, demanding faster action from the BP claims process. Ministers said failure to pay fishermen and others affected by the BP oil spill has led to widespread suffering, as well as... more »
January 13, 2011 12:47 PM
WASHINGTON - The nation's top offshore drilling regulator says his agency is considering ways to increase civil penalties for companies that violate drilling rules.
Current rules allow fines of up to $35,000 per incident per day.
Michael Bromwich, director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,... more »
January 8, 2011 10:28 AM
BRETON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. - After months of being closed to the public due to the BP oil spill, the Breton National Wildlife Refuge is open again. The refuge encompasses areas at the mouth of the Mississippi River and a chain of barrier islands in Chandeleur Sound. The U.S.... more »
December 23, 2010 2:46 PM
PORT SULPHUR- The aftermath of the BP oil spill could mean a gloomy Christmas for many along the Gulf Coast.
It's been more than five months since the deep-sea well was finally capped after spewing millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf. For those who were just getting... more »
December 23, 2010 2:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Actor Stephen Baldwin is suing fellow movie star Kevin Costner over their investments in a device that BP used to try to clean up the massive Gulf oil spill.
Baldwin filed a lawsuit Wednesday and a friend says Costner and a business partner cut them out of... more »
December 21, 2010 2:50 PM
BATON ROUGE – State wildlife officials have finalized plans for BP to pay $2.56 million to cover the money lost from the decline in fishing licenses and oyster tags after the Gulf oil spill. The agreement was finalized Monday after discussions between BP officials, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and... more »
December 15, 2010 1:14 PM
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has sued BP Exploration and Production Inc. and eight other companies in the Gulf oil spill disaster in an effort to recover billions of dollars from the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The Obama administration's lawsuit asks that eight companies be held liable... more »
December 6, 2010 4:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals has cleared two more sections of the state's coastline for oyster harvesting, after they were closed due to the BP oil spill.
Harvest areas 9 and 10, which are west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, were originally... more »
December 1, 2010 11:13 AM
WASHINGTON - In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new... more »
November 17, 2010 5:27 AM
NEW ORLEANS - State officials have gotten a fresh reminder that many Louisiana oyster growers had problems even before the BP oil spill. A governor's advisory board on the state oyster industry heard concerns from oyster growers and processors about productive grounds that were lost due to state coastal restoration... more »
November 8, 2010 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE – State officials opened parts of Mississippi River Delta to commercial crabbing today, after crabs in the area were tested and found safe to eat. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries ordered the reopening of waters along the Delta that had previously been closed due to the... more »
November 4, 2010 5:28 AM
NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama's task force on the restoration of the Gulf Coast is set to begin meeting to look at how the region can be fixed after the BP oil spill. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force will have its first public meeting in Pensacola, Fla.,... more »
November 1, 2010 11:08 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal says BP has agreed to spend $48 million for Louisiana seafood safety and promotion programs.
Jindal, during a news conference Monday, also said the oil giant has agreed to give $30 million to the state department of Culture Recreation and Tourism to promote... more »
October 27, 2010 12:34 PM
More than 150 chefs from around the nation are planning to show their support for Gulf of Mexico seafood by cooking and serving it in what's been dubbed "America's Night Out for Gulf Seafood."
The Dec. 1 event will see prominent chefs serving seafood to diners, friends and family,... more »
October 26, 2010 4:44 AM
A Florida native and consultant on environmental and land issues has been given the job of executive director for a panel set up to handle ecosystem restoration from the BP oil spill. John Hankinson Jr. will handle the daily affairs of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, a panel... more »
October 20, 2010 12:45 PM
Several environmental groups are suing BP PLC for the oil spill's toll on endangered species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem.
The federal suit filed Wednesday in New Orleans by Defenders of Wildlife, Gulf Restoration Network Inc. and Save the Manatee Club Inc. accuses BP of violating... more »