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Proposed federal rule costly for Gulf oil operations

Proposed federal rule costly for Gulf oil operations

Exploratory drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could decline by 55 percent under a proposed federal rule, according to a new study. The proposed Well Control Rule addresses recommendations made after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It tightens standards on blowout preventers and puts more controls on how companies drill and monitor wells on the ocean floor. A study by ...

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Sentencing set in claim fraud case from Gulf oil spill

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 counts of wire fraud. The case involved fraudulent claims ...

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Lafourche’s oil spill money to go to coastal restoration

THIBODAUX, La. — Lafourche Parish has moved one step closer to spending $1.3 million in Restore Act money on five coastal restoration projects. The Daily Comet reports the Lafourche Parish Council approved the multi-year implementation plan at Tuesday’s meeting. The plan sets aside money to design and permit 5,500 acres of marsh creation along Louisiana Highway. 1 east of Leeville, ...

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Number of dolphin deaths leveling off after oil spill

TAMPA, Fla. — Scientists say the number of dead dolphins washing shore is declining five years after the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the number of dolphins and whales killed by exposure to the oil was 1,433. About 87 percent were bottlenose dolphins. Some washed ashore dead, other were stillborn ...

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Institute scores $4 million in Transocean settlement, but can’t spend it on rickety research vessel

ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday that the Florida Institute of Oceanography is getting $4 million to conduct more research on the impact of the 2010 oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. But there’s a catch. None of that money, Nelson said, can be used to fix or replace FIO’s 45-year-old R/V Bellows, which is the ...

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BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

BATON ROUGE, La. — Clusters of landlocked 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 lost tourism dollars and other economic damage from the company’s 2010 oil spill, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. This week, BP finished making approximately $687.4 ...

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Historic oil meeting in Cuba set for October

A first-of-its kind oil summit in Cuba organized by U.S. energy-industry heavy hitters is expected in October. The meeting, set for Havana from Oct. 18-21, comes amid loosening tensions and expanding diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. “The symposium is both historic and unique, the first-ever bringing together of high-level experts and leaders from the U.S. to join ...

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Minnesota loons to benefit from BP spill settlement

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had far-reaching effects on the environment, including the loon and pelican populations of Minnesota. According to an official with the Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota loons could benefit from the recent $18.7 billion settlement between BP and the U.S. Government, reports Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Over the next 15 years, Minnesota could receive up ...

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