BP oil spill

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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A federal judge in New Orleans is ordering a new trial for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

It stems from comments the jury forewoman overheard in a courthouse elevator.

BP engineer Kurt Mix was convicted in December of deleting messages he exchanged with his supervisor. Prosecutors allege he was trying to obstruct a grand jury investigation. Defense attorneys interviewed jurors after the verdict.

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