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  • LA 1 open after tanker crash Play Video

    April 15, 2014 10:11 AM

    PORT ALLEN - More than five hours after a tanker overturned, Louisiana State Police opened LA-1 under the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge. The northbound lanes had been closed since about 9 a.m. Traffic leaders were working to clear the wreckage by the evening rush. The Port Allen Fire... 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 »
  • AP: No wildlife injured in oil spill

    March 23, 2014 12:11 PM

    TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - Cleanup efforts have begun after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick said Sunday morning that skimmers are recovering the oil that spilled in Saturday's collision and a... 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 »
  • 100 gallons of fuel spilled on roadway

    February 25, 2014 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic fully reopened an I-10 exit ramp in East Baton Rouge Parish affected by a fuel spill Tuesday. The spill happened after a wreck at the exit ramp from I-10 East onto Highland Road. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department a piece of debris on... 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 »
  • BP appeals ruling in dispute over spill settlement

    December 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP is appealing a judge's rejection of its argument that claimants who can't trace their losses directly to the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn't receive payments through a multibillion-dollar settlement with a team of private plaintiffs' lawyers. BP attorneys filed a notice of appeal Thursday, two days... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 enters plea to BP spill-related charge

    July 31, 2013 2:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge. Although company attorneys entered a... 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 delays 2nd phase of trial over BP oil spill

    July 19, 2013 2:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered a two-week delay of the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Friday moved the start of the second phase from Sept. 16 to Sept. 30 to give... 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 »
  • BP sets up anti-fraud hotline for spill claims

    July 15, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP's argument that it has... more »
  • Appeals court hearing BP challenge on spill claims

    July 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for BP PLC says "irreparable injustices" are taking place because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making settlement payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ted Olson argued Monday in a packed courtroom before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... more »
  • Trial delayed for ex-BP executive in spill probe

    July 3, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Wednesday to give... 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 »
  • BP mounts ad campaign in spill settlement dispute

    June 25, 2013 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is placing a full-page advertisement in three of the nation's largest newspapers as the company mounts an aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The ad scheduled to... more »
  • BP calls for independent probe of claims lawyer

    June 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is calling for an independent probe of allegations of misconduct against a lawyer working for the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement of Gulf oil spill claims. The lawyer is accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had... more »
  • Airline Highway closed after chemical spill

    June 20, 2013 2:31 PM

    NORCO - A chemical truck wrecked and spilled its load, closing Airline Highway near the Bonnet Carre spillway according to State Police. Troopers said there were no injuries, but the wreck and spill closed a portion of Airline Highway from LA 3217 and LA 628 in both directions. ... more »
  • 200 gallons of gas spilled in Bossier Parish

    June 18, 2013 2:22 PM

    BENTON- Hazardous materials crews are on the scene of a gas spill in Bossier Parish. Lt. Bill Davis of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office says it happened just before noon at an Exxon gas station on Highway 3 at Highway 162. KTBS-TV reports a motorist apparently hit a hose attached... 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 »
  • Oil spill judge: What is gross negligence?

    April 24, 2013 6:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The judge who will allocate responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has told lawyers to give him their views about whether a series of negligent acts can add up to gross negligence. The Justice Department and private plaintiffs' attorneys contend that BP PLC acted... more »
  • Testimony ends for 1st phase of BP spill trial

    April 17, 2013 6:00 PM

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

    April 3, 2013 10:16 AM

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

    March 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Plaintiffs' attorneys have rested their case at a trial over the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge heard testimony by more than a dozen witnesses called by the Justice Department and private attorneys for Gulf Coast... more »
  • Defense starts for companies in Gulf spill trial

    March 18, 2013 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The owner of the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 has started to present its defense at a trial designed to determine the causes of the deadly disaster and assign fault to the companies involved. Transocean Ltd. called its first witness Monday... more »
  • Cement truck spill closes highway

    March 15, 2013 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A cement truck spill closed a busy Baton Rouge highway this afternoon, according to city police. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the truck spilled cement on Jefferson Highway near Corporate Boulevard this afternoon. The road re-opened just after 4:30 p.m., after the hardened cement was cleared... more »
  • Halliburton exec testifies at Gulf spill trial

    March 11, 2013 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An executive from the company that was BP's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig says he learned of some "irregularities" in tests that the contractor's employees performed after the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Timothy Probert, a Halliburton president who served... more »
  • Coast Guard: No oil found after reports of inland spill

    March 11, 2013 11:47 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Coast Guard said they found no oil at the site of a reported spill near Plaquemine. Commander Quincy Davis said they were told Saturday an oil spill was spotted about 10 miles south of the Port Allen Locks. He also said the person who reported it... more »
  • Ex-BP rig supervisor testifies at Gulf spill trial

    March 6, 2013 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A retired BP employee who supervised drilling operations on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico says he never felt pressure to sacrifice safety to save money, even though the project was behind schedule and over budget. Former BP PLC well site leader Ronnie Sepulvado... more »
  • BP exec back on the stand in oil spill trial

    February 28, 2013 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A BP executive who led the company's internal probe of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says his investigators didn't explore whether top BP managers had a role in causing the disaster because they didn't have access to employees and records from contractors. Mark... more »
  • Judge watches videotape of ex-BP CEO's testimony

    February 27, 2013 10:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The judge in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial has watched videotaped testimony from former BP chief executive Tony Hayward. Hayward was head of the London-based oil giant in 2010 when there was an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Eleven workers were killed and... more »
  • BP executive testifies at Gulf oil spill trial

    February 26, 2013 6:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The first BP executive to testify at a trial spawned by the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has taken the stand. Lamar McKay was president of BP America at the time of the disaster. He is the trial's second witness and is expected... more »
  • Expert testifies BP cuts led to Gulf oil disaster

    February 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The first testimony in the civil trial over the Gulf oil spill came from an expert who said he found evidence the company's penchant for cutting costs led to the disaster. Robert Bea, a University of California Berkeley engineering professor, said BP PLC did not put... more »
  • Trial set to open for Gulf oil spill litigation

    February 25, 2013 7:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The high-stakes Gulf oil spill trial has started with a lawyer criticizing BP by saying company executives put enormous pressure on drilling managers to cut costs and rush the job. Jim Roy is an attorney for individuals and businesses affected by the spill. He says BP repeatedly... more »
  • Judge approves Transocean's $1B spill settlement

    February 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge today approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to pay $1 billion in civil penalties for its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling Tuesday that he found... more »
  • Oil sheen spotted after barge collision on Miss. River

    February 15, 2013 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Coast Guard says a collision between two barges spilled less than 400 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. No injuries were reported after one of the barges struck another that was offloading fuel at a transfer station Thursday night.... more »
  • Barge hits Miss. River bridge: Oil cleanup ongoing

    January 28, 2013 8:49 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- The Coast Guard says a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed to barge and ship traffic as cleanup crews with booms work to remove an oily sheen near Vicksburg after a barge with 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge last weekend. Coast Guard... more »
  • Bayou Sorrel oil spill bigger than original estimate Play Video

    January 23, 2013 6:19 PM

    BAYOU SORREL - On January 3, 2013, a pipeline burst spilling over 100 barrels of crude oil into the Frog Lake area of Bayou Sorrel. Firefighters and Hazmat crews initiated a controlled burn last Saturday, which was unsuccessful. After a helicopter flyover this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed... more »
  • Blast victims' relatives weigh in on BP plea deal

    January 16, 2013 10:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Relatives of workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion are sharing their stories with the judge who will decide whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for the 2010 disaster. Wednesday is the deadline... more »
  • Federal judge delays ex-BP engineer's trial

    January 14, 2013 4:20 PM

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

    January 14, 2013 2:48 PM

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

    January 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico. A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government... more »
  • Transocean's $1.4B oil spill deal will help Gulf

    January 4, 2013 7:14 AM

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

    January 3, 2013 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana lawmakers trumpeted the fact that the state will see hundreds of millions of dollars as part of the federal government's $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean today over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The final terms of the settlement require Transocean, which owned the drilling rig... more »
  • BP worker loses appeal over court-ordered exam

    January 3, 2013 2:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to overturn a ruling that a BP rig supervisor must submit to a medical exam to determine if he is fit to be questioned under oath for civil litigation spawned by the company's Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel from the... more »
  • Feds say delay worsened 2011 oil spill

    January 2, 2013 1:07 PM

    BILLINGS, Mont. - Federal investigators say Exxon Mobil Corp.'s delayed response to a pipeline break beneath Montana's Yellowstone River made the spill far worse than it otherwise would have been. Department of Transportation investigators say the volume of the 1,500-barrel spill could have been cut by about two-thirds if pipeline... more »
  • No oil spill seen at Shell drill ship in Alaska

    January 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An overnight Coast Guard flight over an Alaska drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water on New Year's Eve found no signs of a fuel spill. But officials at a unified command center run by the Coast Guard, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, state responders and others... more »
  • Judge approves settlement in BP class action suit

    December 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given final approval to BP's settlement with businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP PLC estimates it will pay $7.8 billion to cover economic and medical claims from more than 100,000 businesses and individuals.... more »
  • Source of persistent Gulf sheen remains a mystery

    December 18, 2012 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials say underwater inspections at the site of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig disaster have failed to identify the source of a persistent sheen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard said Tuesday that the recent inspections confirmed BP's Macondo well, which blew out... more »
  • Judge sets date to rule on BP plea deal over spill

    December 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says she will decide next month whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for its role in a deadly 2010 rig explosion and the massive oil spill it triggered in the Gulf... more »
  • BP official appeals medical exam order

    December 5, 2012 11:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A BP PLC employee has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that he must submit to a medical exam to determine whether he is fit to be questioned under oath in civil litigation spawned by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. A three-judge panel of... more »
  • 3 BP employees arraigned on Gulf oil spill charges

    November 28, 2012 3:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two BP rig supervisors and a former BP executive have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company's response to the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine and... more »
  • Judge sets meeting to discuss BP plea deal

    November 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rescheduled a closed-door meeting to discuss BP's agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from its deadly 2010 rig explosion and response to the massive Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance had planned to meet Thursday in her chambers with... more »
  • Road re-opened after fire, oil spill

    November 23, 2012 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire destroyed a bus maintenance building this morning and spilled oil into the nearby streets, according the Baton Rouge Fire Department. The building at 7106 Greenwell Springs Road and equipment inside were a total loss, according to Curt Monte with BRFD. The fire was... more »
  • Oysters available for holiday tables

    November 20, 2012 4:03 PM

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

    November 15, 2012 2:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the BP settlement is the just the latest step in ongoing efforts to seek justice for the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill. Holder said at a news conference that the settlement announced Thursday isn't the end of federal authorities' efforts and... more »
  • BP executive charged with lying to authorities

    November 15, 2012 1:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster have been charged with manslaughter and a third with lying to federal investigators, according to indictments made public Thursday, hours after BP announced it was paying $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S.... more »
  • Judge asked to extend deadline in BP settlement

    November 14, 2012 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys are urging a federal judge to extend a deadline for businesses and individuals to revoke their requests to opt out of a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the Gulf oil spill. Potential claimants had until Nov.... more »
  • Federal judge urged to approve BP settlement

    November 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys are urging a federal judge to give final approval to a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is holding a "fairness... more »
  • Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants

    November 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill. The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick... more »
  • BP: Source of sheen from equipment

    October 18, 2012 3:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says a sheen on the Gulf of Mexico appears to have come from oil seeping out of a piece of discarded equipment used to contain its massive 2010 oil spill. On Thursday, the company said underwater surveys determined oil probably leaked from an 86-ton steel... more »
  • Crews plan visit to rig wreckage, find source of "new oil"

    October 12, 2012 10:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Crews will use remotely operated vehicles to get a look at the Deepwater Horizon wreckage, and hopefully pinpoint the source of a new oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico. This week, the sheen was connected to the BP spill in 2010. The ROV is expected to... more »
  • Judge tosses BP fuel dealers' brand-name claims

    October 2, 2012 2:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed claims by BP fuel dealers that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico diminished the value of the oil giant's brand and cost them business. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Tuesday says the dealers' claims against BP PLC... more »
  • After Isaac, oyster harvest struggles

    September 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    HOUMA - Hurricane Isaac wiped out many adult oysters in Louisiana waters, another blow to an industry that has been struggling in the wake of BP PLC's 2010 massive oil spill. But in a twist, the storm's raging waters also may have helped set the stage for better crops in... more »
  • Study: Virtually all Ala. tar balls from BP spill

    September 20, 2012 3:59 PM

    AUBURN, Ala. - A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls now washing on to the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than two years ago. The report released Thursday by Auburn University says that tar balls caused by the spill are... more »
  • Transocean, feds considered $1.5B settlement

    September 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Ltd. and the Justice Department have discussed a $1.5 billion settlement that would resolve federal claims over the company's role in the 2010 rig explosion that led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. But Switzerland-based Transocean Ltd. said in a regulatory filing Monday that several... more »
  • ExxonMobil reports minor oil spill in Miss. River

    September 5, 2012 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE -A minor crude oil spill was reported this morning by the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery. Lana Sonnier Venable, ExxonMobil spokeswoman for Baton Rouge, said the spill in the river at its Mississippi River docks is less than five barrels of crude oil and was stopped immediately after... more »
  • Feds vow to prove gross negligence by BP

    September 5, 2012 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP's assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill. In a strongly worded court filing, government lawyers also renewed their vow to prove BP engaged in... more »
  • Old oil washes up in La. after Hurricane Isaac

    September 5, 2012 8:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Old oil has washed up on some Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac and officials are testing whether it's left over from BP's Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. Officials late Tuesday restricted fishing in waters extending a mile off a roughly 13-mile stretch of coastline. The... more »
  • Police identify, cite drivers in I-10 wreck Play Video

    August 24, 2012 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police identified and issued citations to two drivers in the crash which caused a chemical spill and closed I-10 in Baton Rouge earlier this week. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said two wrecks caused the pile-up and spill around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday on I-10 East near the I-10/12... more »

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