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  • 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 »
  • New arraignment date for ex-BP exec

    October 2, 2014 4:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted a delay in his arraignment on recently updated charges in the case. David Rainey's court appearance, originally set for this week, was re-scheduled for Dec. 3... 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 »
  • Settlement corruption investigation conference

    September 23, 2014 1:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge hearing 2010 oil spill cases says he'll decide soon whether he needs more than written evidence and arguments to rule on an investigation of alleged corruption within the settlement program. District Judge Carl Barbier said during a Tuesday status conference the big question is... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to billion dollar oil spill settlement

    September 2, 2014 11:49 AM

    HOUSTON - Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a large portion of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement is subject to court approval. Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf, killing 11 people and... more »
  • Coast Guard re-opens Mississippi River

    August 13, 2014 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard Captain re-opened the Mississippi River between mile markers 96 and 98 to all river traffic Wednesday afternoon. The river shut down due to a two vessel collision and oil spill Tuesday near Gretna. According to the Coast Guard, the Maltese-flagged vessel Flag... more »
  • Ships collide on Mississippi River Play Video

    August 13, 2014 4:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An investigation is underway following a multiple-ship collision on the Mississippi River just outside of New Orleans. The Coast Guard received a report that a Maltese-ship lost power and steering near Gretna. It collided with another ship and barge that were docked at the International Matex... more »
  • Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

    August 12, 2014 4:36 AM

    HOPEDALE - Oyster harvests along the Gulf Coast have declined dramatically in the four years since the BP oil spill. Even after a slight rebound last year, thousands of acres of Louisiana oyster beds are producing less than a third of what they did before the nation's worst offshore oil... more »
  • Trial to be week of March 9 for ex-BP exec

    August 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The tentative trial date is part of an order U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued Monday after... 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 »
  • State to reopen some waters after Gulf oil spill

    August 3, 2014 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife and fisheries regulators say they're reopening certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters to commercial and recreational fishing that have been closed since the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday that the waters will open... 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 »
  • Ex-BP engineer's retrial postponed

    July 22, 2014 5:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction. Federal prosecutors allege that Kurt... 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 »
  • Louisiana oyster beds recovering after storms, oil spill

    June 25, 2014 3:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Restaurants and seafood industry officials in New Orleans are recycling oyster shells in hopes of revitalizing what dealers say is a depleted Gulf of Mexico harvest. State officials said Tuesday they don't have current figures on the size of recent harvests. But dealers in New Orleans and... 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 »
  • Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines for spill

    June 4, 2014 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says BP PLC and a minority partner in the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in an appeal by BP... more »
  • BP to ask Supreme Court to hear claims issue

    May 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement. On Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider... 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 »
  • Attempt to reinstate charge against former BP exec

    April 30, 2014 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors want a federal appeals court to reinstate criminal charges against a former BP executive. They allege that David Rainey obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Rainey is accused of not disclosing information on the amount of oil flowing into... more »
  • 4 years after spill, questions on long-term health

    April 11, 2014 8:25 AM

    CHALMETTE - A government researcher who hopes to track the long-term health effects of the 2010 BP oil spill says there are early indications that cleanup workers were 30 percent more likely to suffer from depression than others living in areas affected by the spill. Dr. Dale Sandler of the... more »
  • $144.5M in oil spill fines to be used for La. beach

    April 3, 2014 2:13 PM

    PORT FOURCHON- The foundation overseeing use of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has approved $144.5 million to complete the restoration of a beach near Grand Isle. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says the project will create about 490 acres of habitat, adding about 7.5 miles... more »
  • Investigation far from over in Houston oil spill Play Video

    March 28, 2014 6:03 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Houston-based barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into one of the nation's busiest seaports will be fined by Texas regulators, regardless of the outcome of state or federal investigations. Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of last weekend's accident in... 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 »
  • Houston Ship Channel reopened after oil spill

    March 25, 2014 1:47 PM

    GALVESTON, Texas - The Coast Guard says it has reopened the Houston Ship Channel to some traffic after thousands of gallons of oil spilled from a barge this weekend. Officials said Tuesday that the key waterway on the Gulf of Mexico had been cleared enough to allow barges in and... more »
  • Jindal seeking to rework 'rainy day' repayment

    March 14, 2014 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration wants to use Gulf oil spill recovery money to help refill the state's "rainy day" fund and settle a pending lawsuit over its use. The idea is tucked into a budget bill filed this week for consideration by lawmakers. It would steer dollars... more »
  • Former BP executive gets delay in oil spill trial

    February 26, 2014 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has indefinitely delayed the trial of a former BP executive accused of lying to Congress about the amount of oil spewing from the company's blown-out well in 2010. David Rainey's trial had been scheduled to begin March 10. Rainey was BP's vice president of exploration... more »
  • Section of Mississippi River reopens following oil spill

    February 24, 2014 2:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard says it is conditionally reopening 40 miles of the Mississippi River from New Orleans upriver, but 25 miles remain closed after oil spilled into the river. Port spokesman Matt Gresham says each vessel's hull must be certified clean of oil before it can move along... more »
  • River traffic backing up after oil spill

    February 24, 2014 11:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard said more than two dozen vessels are waiting to get through the Mississippi River after an oil spill Saturday between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The Coast Guard reopened 40 miles of river with conditions, including the Port of New Orleans, but a... more »
  • Part of Miss. River still closed after oil spill Play Video

    February 24, 2014 7:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is still closed Monday morning due to an oil spill. Crews are working to clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie , 47 miles... more »
  • Oil spill closes part of Miss. River in Louisiana

    February 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is closed until further notice while crews clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie , 47 miles west of New... more »
  • Federal judge delays June trial for BP supe's case

    February 20, 2014 12:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The trial for two BP employees charged in the deadly 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig has been put on hold while a federal appeals court considers the dismissal of some charges filed against them. The case involves BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza... more »
  • Halliburton manager gets probation in Gulf spill

    January 21, 2014 10:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former Halliburton manager has been sentenced to one year of probation for destroying evidence after BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Anthony Badalamenti had faced a maximum of one year in prison when U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey sentenced him Tuesday. Badalamenti... 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 »
  • Appeals court refuses to transfer La. spill claims

    January 16, 2014 4:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell to have a new judge oversee the state's claims over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Caldwell's request in a one-sentence... 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 sues lawyer over oil spill claims

    December 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is suing a Texas lawyer, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill. The lawsuit claims more than half of the Social Security numbers on Mikal Watts' client list were fake. BP says the fraud... more »
  • Jury to weigh ex-BP engineer's case for 2nd day

    December 17, 2013 8:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury will return to a New Orleans courthouse for a second day of deliberations in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors deliberated for roughly 90 minutes... 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 continues in BP engineer trial

    December 3, 2013 11:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jury selection is continuing in the case of a former BP engineer accused of obstruction of justice related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Justice Department has charged Kurt Mix with deleting text messages and voicemails in order to impede the investigation... 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 »
  • Court to hear arguments on BP oil spill settlement

    November 4, 2013 7:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is set to hear dueling arguments on whether a judge should have approved BP's multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A year ago, BP PLC urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to approve its... 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 »
  • BP trial to focus on scientists' spill estimates

    October 6, 2013 12:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Experts for oil giant BP and the federal government will make their cases this week on one of the most contentious debates that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill: how much oil got into the ocean. At stake are billions of dollars in penalties under... 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 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 on the Mississippi River

    September 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    CONVENT - The Coast Guard says they are working with a vessel in the Mississippi River to clean up an oil spill. Officials say the spill is coming from a vessel at Yara Terminal Mile 167 stationed in Convent. Yara operators say the crew on board the vessel is... more »
  • BP urges court to toss judge's settlement approval

    August 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful. Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... 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 »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    August 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... more »
  • Internal probe: No fraud at Ala. claims center

    August 26, 2013 9:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala., claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud. BP said it received a tip in... more »
  • 3 prosecutors ask out of ex-BP engineer's case

    August 22, 2013 7:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three Justice Department prosecutors have asked to withdraw from the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A Justice Department spokesman said Wednesday's request to withdraw Derek Cohen,... 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 intervenes as BP balks at paying claims czar

    August 7, 2013 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A court hearing is set for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill. In a letter, BP claims... more »
  • BP cites new fraud allegations in spill settlement

    August 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing Monday, BP... more »
  • Halliburton has incentive to cut another deal

    July 26, 2013 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has resolved a Justice Department criminal probe of its role in the Gulf oil spill by agreeing to pay a $200,000 fine and admitting it destroyed evidence, but the company still has a powerful incentive to cut another deal with businesses and residents. The plea agreement... 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 »
  • Judge urged to let BP settlement payments continue

    July 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A team of plaintiffs' lawyers has urged a federal judge to reject BP's bid to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. In a court filing Thursday, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with... more »
  • Judge to hear BP bid to halt payouts

    July 17, 2013 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP's bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. On Tuesday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while... more »
  • Study: Oil in Gulf likely came from rig wreckage

    July 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A team of researchers has concluded that pockets of oil trapped in the wreckage of the sunken Deepwater Horizon are the likely source of oil sheens that have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the deadly 2010 explosion on the BP-leased drilling... more »
  • Appeals court to hear dispute over BP settlement

    July 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is wading into a high-stakes dispute over the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement of claims arising from BP's massive Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Monday by attorneys for the... more »
  • Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

    July 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday... more »
  • Coast Guard taps new Gulf cleanup coordinator

    July 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new Coast Guard official has been assigned to coordinate the federal government's cleanup efforts following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that Capt. Thomas Sparks has taken over as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident... more »
  • Judge: Determining size of BP spill no "easy task"

    June 27, 2013 5:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge presiding over a trial arising from the nation's worst offshore oil spill says it could be difficult to determine how much crude spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's busted well in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier noted during a hearing Thursday... 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 »
  • Ex-BP employees face new indictments over spill

    June 19, 2013 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors have secured new indictments against a former BP engineer and a former BP executive charged separately with obstructing investigations of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Wednesday's indictment of former BP executive David Rainey adds language alleging that he knew of... more »
  • Constitutional limits on oil spill money fails

    June 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attempts to limit Gulf Coast oil spill penalty money to coastal restoration in the Louisiana Constitution failed to gain legislative passage for a second year in a row. Disagreements continue over just how tightly the dollars should be restricted. Rep. Simone Champagne of Erath says she wants... 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 »
  • Judge tosses ex-BP executive's obstruction charge

    May 20, 2013 4:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed one of the two counts in the indictment of a former BP executive who was charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil leaking in 2010 from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge... more »
  • OSHA impersonator gets 57 months in oil spill scam

    May 17, 2013 4:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A woman has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for bilking Gulf Coast residents by posing as a federal safety official after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that 47-year-old Connie Knight, formerly of Belle Chasse, had claimed to be... more »
  • Ex-BP executive's trial delayed

    May 9, 2013 11:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP executive. David Rainey is charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Rainey's trial was scheduled... more »
  • Bryant: $69M more from BP for Gulf restoration

    May 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - BP PLC has agreed to pay $69 million more for restoration projects for the Mississippi Gulf Coast following, says Gov. Phil Bryant. The money is part of $1 billion the oil giant agreed two years ago to pay for early restoration work after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon... 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 »
  • BP manager testifies at trial over Gulf oil spill

    April 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn't have any safety concerns before the deadly blast. John Guide was the first witness to... more »
  • BP to call 1st witness at trial over Gulf spill

    April 8, 2013 6:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is scheduled to call its first witness Monday at a trial designed to determine causes of its April 2010 well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and assign fault to the companies involved in the deadly disaster. Halliburton, BP PLC's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon... more »
  • BP appeals ruling in Gulf spill settlement

    April 4, 2013 9:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has appealed a federal judge's interpretation of settlement terms governing payouts to businesses that claim the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. BP has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review last month's ruling by District... 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 »
  • Group: Dolphin, turtle deaths a sign of sick Gulf

    April 2, 2013 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A prominent environmental group says continuing deaths of dolphins and sea turtles are a sign that the Gulf of Mexico is still feeling effects from the 2010 oil spill. National Wildlife Federation scientist Doug Inkley said Tuesday the deaths - especially in dolphins, which are at the... more »
  • Ark. AG plans to open investigation into oil spill

    April 2, 2013 10:24 AM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is going to open an investigation into the cause and impact of last week's ExxonMobil pipeline rupture. McDaniel's office said Tuesday that ExxonMobil has been asked to preserve all documents and information related to Friday's oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts... more »
  • Halliburton worker testifies at Gulf spill trial

    April 2, 2013 10:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man who worked for BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he didn't believe the oil giant's employees were risking workers' safety when they didn't follow his recommendations. Halliburton employee Jesse Gagliano began testifying Tuesday at... more »

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