BP oil spill

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7:32 am
Thu September 4, 2014

BP Wants More Credit For Gulf Recovery

A spokesperson for BP says the tragedy of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was covered in great depth, but media have underreported the resilience the Gulf Coast has shown the last four years, and BP's role in its recovery.

Geoff Morrell is Senior Vice President for US Communications at BP. He addressed a few hundred reporters in New Orleans for the international Society of Environmental Journalists conference. Morrell defended BP’s record since the oil spill.

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7:35 am
Wed September 3, 2014

BP Wants Claims Administrator Replaced

BP wants a federal judge to remove Patrick Juneau as administrator of damage claims from its 2010 oil spill.

BP says in court documents that he failed to disclose a major conflict of interest.

The motion filed yesterday says Juneau represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process, and he pushed for favorable terms for those with claims.

BP says that shows he's not the neutral person required for the job.

Juneau says he will respond in court.

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7:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Gulf Restoration Meeting On Transocean Fines To Take Place In Houma Sept. 11

State coastal restoration officials will be holding a public meeting September 11 in Houma to review spending plans for fines linked to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Houma Courier reports projects will be funded through the Restore Council.

The money will come from criminal fines paid by Transocean, the owner of the Deeepwater Horizon drilling rig. It was working at the site of BP's Macondo well when the underwater well blew out in April 2010.

The disaster killed 11 workers and created the nation's largest offshore oil disaster.

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7:57 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Treasury Department Releases Plan To Handle BP Fines

The U.S. Treasury Department has set out 97 pages of rules for investing and allocating money that BP PLC and other defendants will pay in Clean Water Act fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010.

The rules released yesterday formally set up a trust fund for money that state and local governments will get under the RESTORE Act and procedures for getting that money.

The total is expected to be billions of dollars, but nobody knows what it will be.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has scheduled the third of three trials on the question in January.

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7:58 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Oyster Population Plunging Along Gulf Coast

Oysters.
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The oyster population along the Gulf Coast is dropping dramatically.

Thousands of beds are producing less than a third of the crop recorded before the BP oil spill four years ago.

Experts are now studying whether the spill is connected to the spill.

Oysters had been in trouble before the spill. They had been hit by hurricanes, overfishing and two straight years of damaging fresh water.

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Red River Radio
9:26 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Southern Arkansas University to offer marine biology degree

Jesse Filbrun (left) is leaving his post at the University of Southern Mississippi to start a marine biology degree at Southern Arkansas University.

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia will offer a marine biology degree when classes begin later this month.

The new undergraduate major is expected to attract more than a dozen students, according to SAU provost and vice president for academic affairs Trey Berry. The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill heightened awareness about the need for studying oceans and the human toll on the Gulf Coast ecosystem, according to Berry.

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7:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

BP's Quarterly Report: $3.6 Billion In Profits, $260 Million In Charges For 2010 Spill

BP's second quarter earnings report sets aside $260 million to pay for future litigation relating to the 2010 oil spill.
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British oil giant BP reported $3.6 billion in profit in its second quarter earnings release Tuesday.  The company also reported $260 million in charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, NOLA.com reports.

Most of the charges are funds set aside to pay for future litigation relating to the spill.

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8:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Coastal Restoration Council To Start Accepting Proposals Next Month

The start of some major funding for coastal restoration begins next month. It’s part of the Restore Act fund established after the 2010 BP oil spill. Some are concerned there’s no details yet on how the affected communities will get their say on how it’s spent.

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Coastal Desk
5:37 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Funds Still Needed To Rebuild Cat Island, But Restoration Begins

The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site.
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The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site. Plaquemines Parish got initial funds to restore the island, but has failed to raise the rest needed. Now, the project leader is starting restoration anyway.

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11:20 am
Sat June 28, 2014

BP Asking Court To Order Some Claim Repayments

BP is stepping up efforts repayment of claims it finds unjustified.

The company is battling the system established to cover damage caused by BP’s oil spill four years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.

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