BP oil spill

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is applauding the Senate’s passage of the Restore Act, which designates 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the BP oil spill to the five Gulf states.

The attorney handling damage claims from the BP oil spill is no longer in charge of deciding compensation. A federal court is taking over jurisdiction.

There’s been a delay in the federal trial to determine damages from the BP oil spill. Judge Carl Barbier is giving parties another week for settlement negotiations to continue.

BP has won a ruling that bars some references to earlier accidents from a trial over its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal judge hearing the case feared opening a “trial within a trial.”

The Greater New Orleans Inc. says a survey of small and mid-sized companies shows they’re still suffering from the 2010 off-shore drilling moratorium enacted after the BP oil spill. Business and political leaders are calling on Washington for help.

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A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled BP is primarily responsible for damage caused by the oil spill in 2010. But, Eileen Fleming reports, the owner of the drilling rig that blew up could still have to pay punitive damages and civil penalties.

The Interior Department is reviewing more than $700 million dollars in bids to drill in the western Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the major bids in the first sale since the BP oil spill last year, and then visited a business still reeling from the spill.

The Interior Department has conducted the first sale of leases on drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP spill last year. It comes after environmental groups failed to block the sale.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar traveled to New Orleans to announce bids on leases for the western Gulf off Texas. He says deepwater drilling is now safer than it was before the BP well exploded, spilling more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.

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If some people out there still don't yet appreciate the heritage of our cuisine and the natural abundance that fuels it, I really wish they would get with the program already. After all, I don't think our region can stand another brutal lesson in just how much it all means.

Ten teams are working the shorelines from Terrebone Parish to the west, along the coastal bays and up into Lake Pontchartrain. BP is paying environmental consulting firm Entrix to look for underwater oil. Clumps of white material resembling pompoms are suspended in the water. Staff scientist Chelsea Murphy explains the process it calls the "Sentinel" program, while on board a boat following teams motoring between buoys.