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Claims administrator in oil spill case gets subpoena power

NEW ORLEANS — The administrator of claims arising from a settlement over economic damages caused by the 2010 BP oil spill has been granted subpoena power. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bee-aye) on Wednesday granted a motion seeking subpoena power by administrator Patrick Juneau. Juneau filed the motion last week. It noted that the power to investigate possibly fraudulent claims ...

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Slidell man pleads guilty in oil spill claims case

NEW ORLEANS — A 48-year-old Slidell man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud relating to an application for financial help in the aftermath of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says Ronald Backes entered the plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who set sentencing for Aug. 19. Backes faces ...

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As final fine decision looms, BP argues for $2 billion cap

In the immediate months after the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010, BP maintained that it would take responsibility for the incident and pay whatever fines came with it. Now, however, that doesn’t seem to ring true for the company. In its final filing with the federal court, BP argued that any fine greater than $2 billion—just 15 percent of the ...

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Five years after BP spill, new rules for offshore drilling aim to boost safety

There aren’t many issues on which government regulators, oil industry experts and environmentalists can all agree, but five years after the BP gulf oil spill, many say offshore drilling operations are safer — although there is debate over whether ocean drilling should be expanded. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing ...

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Restoration projects in $137 million preliminary agreement

JACKSON, Miss. — Here’s a look at 10 projects given preliminarily approval to share in $134 million in funding from BP PLC’s $1 billion set-aside dedicated to recovery from its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: GULFWIDE $45 million: Sea turtle restoration mainly in Texas and Mexico, including at Padre Island National Seashore. $20 million: Pelagic longline bycatch ...

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Core samples show parallel between Deepwater Horizon and 1979 spill that also used dispersant

After the offshore rig sank into the sea, the oil flowed for months before anyone could stop it. Millions of gallons of crude tainted the Gulf of Mexico. To try to dissipate it before it reached shore, the rig’s owner sprayed an unprecedented amount of chemical dispersant on the slick. That’s what happened with the Deepwater Horizon disaster that began ...

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Work remains 5 years after BP Deepwater Horizon disaster

PANAMA CITY BEACH – Immediately following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Julie Wraithmill wondered if future generations would be able to swim in the Gulf of Mexico’s waters. Now, five years following the disaster, she hopes they won’t be shaking their heads at missed restoration opportunities. “It’s a very big responsibility; we have to do right by the Gulf,” ...

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