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  • State monitoring oil spill in Mississippi River

    February 8, 2016 11:12 AM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is on the ground monitoring the site where a damaged barge may have leaked oil slurry last month. The Natchez Democrat reports the leak happened after a barge carrying oil slurry struck one of the Mississippi River bridge's support piers Jan.... more »
  • Court orders return of $1.6 million in claim money

    January 21, 2016 12:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal court has ordered repayment of more than $1.6 million in claim money paid to an Alabama couple's business after BP's 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order says the payment to Vision Design Management "was nearly entirely based on fraud." The ruling... more »
  • Retired general clashes with company president over decade-old Gulf oil leak

    January 20, 2016 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A retired Army general best known for helping restore order in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina agreed to leave a public meeting about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico following a testy exchange. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who founded a coalition... more »
  • Man seeks delay in prison time for oil spill claims fraud

    December 11, 2015 6:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a case arising from the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill is asking for a delay in his prison reporting date. Casey Thonn of Slidell pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in 2014. Prosecutors said he filed... more »
  • Schedule set for BP rig supervisor's misdemeanor trial

    December 8, 2015 5:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has set a 13-day schedule for the trial of a BP well-site leader charged with a Clean Water Act violation in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Robert Kaluza's trial is set for Feb. 16. Judge Stanwood Duval says in... more »
  • DOJ says case against BP supervisors could not meet manslaughter requirement

    December 2, 2015 10:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Department of Justice says the government dropped all manslaughter charges against two BP supervisors in the deadly 2010 Gulf oil spill because circumstances of the case had changed. Department spokesman Peter Carr said Wednesday in a statement that the department determined it could "no longer... more »
  • Change of plea hearing today in oil spill manslaughter case

    December 2, 2015 6:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Court records show a change of plea hearing has been set for one of two defendants charged with manslaughter in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that killed 11 people. Donald Vidrine is expected to appear in federal court Wednesday. Vidrine and another defendant, Robert Kaluza,... more »
  • Manslaughter charges filed in deadly 2012 platform blast

    November 19, 2015 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Justice Department officials say in a statement that a grand jury has indicted two companies on involuntary manslaughter charges and three people with other criminal charges stemming from a deadly 2012 explosion and fire on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. A third... more »
  • BP drops effort to retrieve Gulf oil spill business payouts

    October 31, 2015 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has decided to end its effort to recoup money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Friday, the company filed a motion to withdraw an appeal over what it said... more »
  • Oil spill: Suits ended after Gulf states, Transocean settle

    October 29, 2015 7:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A settlement has led to official dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by the five Gulf of Mexico states against the owner of the offshore drilling rig involved in BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier dismissed the suits Thursday against Transocean.... more »
  • 5 plead not guilty in Gulf oil spill fraud case; 2 absent

    October 29, 2015 1:05 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Texas attorney and four co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to accusations of faking more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010. A public defender says a sixth defendant will do the same later. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy said afterward... more »
  • Sentencing set in claim fraud case from Gulf oil spill

    October 28, 2015 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a case arising from the BP Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to two years in prison. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval handed down the sentence Wednesday for Casey Thonn of Slidell. In 2014, Thonn pleaded guilty to two... more »
  • Study links BP oil spill to coral damage in a new location

    October 27, 2015 1:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study reveals that toxins from BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico damaged coral in a larger arc than previously mapped after researchers discovered sick and dying corals in the Pinnacles, a rich, deep-water environment off the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi. Using... more »
  • Agency votes against using BP restoration funds on bridge

    October 21, 2015 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BP settlement funds meant for ecological restoration won't be diverted to finish a $350 million project to elevate a highway to connect the mainland with a key oil and gas port at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico - something environmental groups and even gubernatorial candidates... more »
  • US, states finalize settlement with BP over Gulf oil spill

    October 5, 2015 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department and five states have finalized a settlement of more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal announced Monday resolves all civil claims against BP and ends five years of legal fighting over the... more »
  • Lanes of Walker South Road from US 190 reopened after oil spill

    September 25, 2015 3:06 PM

    WALKER - Police said a hydraulic oil spill briefly closed two southbound lanes of Walker South Road from US 190 on Friday afternoon. LA DOTD crews were dispatched to the scene where they sanded the roads, allowing the closed lanes to be reopened. The roadway was completely reopened... more »
  • $134M approved for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

    September 23, 2015 4:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A panel has approved using $134 million provided by BP PLC on 10 projects to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from the company's catastrophic 2010 offshore oil spill. A trustee council made up of state and federal officials overseeing ecological restoration from the oil spill... more »
  • Appeals court upholds class action status in oil spill suit

    September 9, 2015 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says litigation alleging that BP misled investors about the rate of oil flowing after an offshore oil rig explosion in 2010 can proceed as a class action lawsuit. Tuesday's 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling means that the lawsuit, led by... more »
  • BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill claims

    September 3, 2015 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Arguments have wrapped up at a federal appeals court in a case involving those who claimed economic harm from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Oil giant BP wants some of the money returned that it paid in damage claims under a 2012 settlement. BP eventually... more »
  • Randy Anny, wife plead not guilty to fraud, conspiracy Play Video

    September 3, 2015 12:49 PM

    SORRENTO - A Sorrento Council member and his wife pleaded not guilty to federal charges they illegally claimed thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. Randy Anny and his wife Barbara entered their pleas in federal court in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. They both face charges of... more »
  • Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil in Kentucky

    September 3, 2015 11:56 AM

    PADUCAH, Ky. - The U.S. Coast Guard says part of the Mississippi River has been closed as crews investigate and clean up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats. The Coast Guard says the collision Wednesday evening near Paducah, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying... more »
  • BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill claims

    September 3, 2015 9:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP is going back to a federal appeals court in a case involving businesses' damage claims from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant wants restitution of some of the money it paid in claims to businesses as part of a 2012 settlement.... more »
  • 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 »
  • $140M in conservation work proposed for Gulf of Mexico

    August 13, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ten watersheds around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico - from Florida to Texas - are being looked at as sites for $140 million in proposed conservation projects under a plan to restore the Gulf from BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill. This money comes from... more »
  • Oil spill fraud charges against Sorrento councilman, wife

    August 6, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Sorrento city council member and his wife have been indicted on federal charges alleging fraud in a claim for damages resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A Thursday news release from Baton Rouge-based U.S. Attorney Walt Green says Randy Anny and Barbara... more »
  • Councilman, wife accused of making false oil spill claim

    August 6, 2015 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Thursday which accuses Sorrento councilman Randy Anny and his wife Barbara of illegally claiming thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. U. S. Attorney Walt Green said Anny and his wife face federal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud.... more »
  • Lafayette gets over $279K payout in BP oil spill settlement

    August 5, 2015 12:44 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Consolidated Government has announced that its payout in a settlement with BP for economic losses resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster has been finalized. The Advertiser reports officials announced Tuesday that Lafayette was awarded $279,769. The city-parish filed a claim in 2013. Several public... more »
  • Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

    July 27, 2015 2:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl... more »
  • DEQ says 175 barrels of oil spilled in Denham Springs, cleanup underway

    July 24, 2015 3:15 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – The Department of Environmental Quality said they believe 175 barrels of crude oil spilled into ditches on Linder Road in Denham Springs after a tanker truck overturned Monday. Emergency officials in Livingston parish said the truck rolled into the ditch Monday morning and spilled more than... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on the BP settlement 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 »
  • Oil spill cleanup efforts in Denham Springs resumed Tuesday night

    July 21, 2015 12:58 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Officials in Livingston Parish say cleanup efforts following the overturning of a tanker truck that spilled hundreds of gallons of crude oil in Denham Springs Monday morning are still underway, but have been suspended for the rest of Tuesday. Emergency officials in the parish said the... more »
  • Security video shows moment tanker flipped in Livingston Play Video

    July 20, 2015 11:48 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials said hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled after a tanker truck overturned in Denham Springs Monday morning. Livingston Parish emergency director Mark Harrell said the truck spilled more than 90 percent of its load of light, sweet crude into a ditch on Linder... 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 »
  • Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial

    June 30, 2015 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says a former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge related to the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling... more »
  • Justices won't hear appeal from BP, Anadarko over Gulf spill

    June 29, 2015 9:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the owners of the blown-out Macondo well could not avoid federal... 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 »
  • Feds give OK to using sand far offshore for barrier island

    June 15, 2015 5:14 PM

    HOUMA - A federal agency has approved using sand stored in a shoal nine miles off the coast for a barrier island restoration project that uses funds BP gave Louisiana to restore its ecosystem following the catastrophic 2010 oil spill. The Courier reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management... more »
  • California oil spill cleanup costs $69 million

    June 10, 2015 4:25 PM

    GOLETA, CA - The cost of cleaning up last month's oil spill on the California coast has reached $69 million so far. Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the costs are running at $3 million a day, and there's no timetable... 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 »
  • Deliberations near in ex-BP executive's oil spill trial

    June 4, 2015 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Closing arguments have been scheduled in the case of David Rainey, the former BP executive charged with lying to federal investigators about the 2010 BP oil spill. Attorneys will make their final statements to jurors Friday morning and the jury is expected to begin deliberations by noon.... 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 »
  • Once vilified, BP now getting credit for Gulf tourism boom

    May 25, 2015 11:29 AM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - Tourism hasn't only recovered on the Gulf Coast five years after the BP oil spill - industry officials say it's surging. And they credit fallout from the environmental disaster as being part of the reason why. BP spent more than $230 million promoting tourism after the... more »
  • $211M settlement reached with Transocean in 2010 oil spill

    May 20, 2015 5:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have announced a $211 million settlement with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. BP leased the rig from Transocean. The April 2010 explosion of the rig killed 11... more »
  • US Judge: Gulf oil spill records can't be kept secret

    May 20, 2015 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal magistrate judge has rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against Taylor Energy Co., which... more »
  • New health clinic to help those affected by oil spill

    May 3, 2015 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A pediatrics clinic and a general care clinic in eastern New Orleans are joining in a new $2.3 million building with a goal of serving communities hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Project coordinator Julie Hoang says many people in the area lost shrimp... more »
  • $134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

    April 20, 2015 6:17 PM

    JACKSON, MS - The trustees overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to jump-start recovery from the 2010 oil spill have proposed another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $698 million has been spent in three previous rounds. Four projects would get $116.5 million, including $45 million to protect sea... 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 »
  • Former FBI director seeks to end lawsuit in oil spill claims case

    April 18, 2015 1:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The ex-FBI chief now serving as a watchdog over BP oil spill settlement claims is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against him by an attorney once involved in the claims process. Louis Freeh on Friday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by attorney... 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 »
  • New rules proposed as 5-year anniversary of oil spill nears

    April 13, 2015 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing regulations aimed at ensuring offshore wells are sealed in an emergency, as the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill nears. Federal safety investigators blamed a faulty blowout preventer for the spill and called for stronger regulations to prevent oil and gas... more »
  • BP ends attempt to oust oil spill claims administrator

    March 6, 2015 1:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has ended its effort to have courts remove the administrator of claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A federal district judge had refused to remove Patrick Juneau from the job. The oil giant then went to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court 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 »
  • NC man charged with making false BP oil spill relief claims

    February 23, 2015 2:19 PM

    WILMINGTON, N.C - A North Carolina man has been charged with filing $2.3 million in false compensation claims following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Michael R. Rosella of Wilmington was arrested by federal authorities Monday and charged with one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and... more »
  • Judge rejects BP attempt to lessen fines for Gulf spill

    February 19, 2015 3:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected an attempt by BP to lower the fines it faces from its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday agreed with government lawyers that BP should face paying up to $4,300 for each barrel... 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 »
  • Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

    January 29, 2015 5:27 PM

    BILLINGS, Mont. - As Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, government records show oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. An Associated Press review shows accident numbers growing steadily since 2009, reversing a decade-long decline. Keystone would go from Canada to the... more »
  • Executive: No guarantee BP will help pay subsidiary's fines

    January 27, 2015 10:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty. Richard Morrison, chairman of the board for BP... more »
  • BP calls witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

    January 26, 2015 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is making a case that it shouldn't pay the top penalty of $13.7 billion for polluting the Gulf of Mexico five years ago. The oil giant struggled for 87 days to contain millions of gallons of spilling crude, its expert witness called the company's response exemplary.... more »
  • After spill, pipeline company says new line will be safer

    January 23, 2015 11:06 AM

    BILLINGS, Mont. - A Wyoming company says it will replace a pipeline that broke and spilled oil into the Yellowstone River with a new line buried more deeply to protect against future accidents. The spill contaminated the water supply for 6,000 residents of Glendive, Montana. Officials said Friday that city... more »
  • Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial

    January 21, 2015 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Justice Department attorneys are back in federal court presenting their case for making BP pay billions of dollars in civil penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The oil corporation, meanwhile, says the government is ignoring some of its own data on the health of... 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 »
  • Ice hampering oil spill cleanup in Yellowstone River

    January 19, 2015 1:00 PM

    GLENDIVE, Mont. - Ice is hampering crews working to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana over the weekend. Bridger Pipeline says it's confident that no more than 1,200 barrels - or 50,000 gallons - of oil leaked during the hour-long breach... 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 »
  • Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

    January 15, 2015 4:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4... more »
  • Appeals court won't rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

    January 9, 2015 6:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The vote released Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was... more »
  • Appeals court won't rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

    January 9, 2015 4:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The vote released Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was... more »
  • BP appeals judge's refusal to remove claims administrator

    December 24, 2014 12:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to kick out the administrator of damage settlement claims from its 2010 oil spill. A brief filed Tuesday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted... 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 »
  • High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

    December 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP... more »
  • US: Man pleads guilty in oil spill fraud case

    December 4, 2014 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with claims arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors said English worked as... 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 »
  • BP fights on to oust oil spill claims chief

    November 18, 2014 5:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP filed notice Tuesday that it plans an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New... 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 »
  • Judge refuses to fire Gulf oil spill claims chief

    November 10, 2014 1:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling Monday, turning back BP's arguments that Patrick Juneau should... 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 »
  • Ex-BP engineer can travel to China pending trial

    October 6, 2014 10:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer who won a new trial this year on a charge relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted permission to travel abroad. A federal judge said Thursday that Kurt Mix will be allowed to travel to China in November... more »

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