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5:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Gulf of Mexico Well Evacuated Due to Uncontrolled Gas Flow

The Rowan Cecil Provine rig is en route to the site of the uncontrolled well about 50 miles east of Grand Isle.

This article has been updated.

A natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico, located approximately 50 miles east of Venice, is releasing gas uncontrolled and has been partially evacuated, according to the well's operator and a report today in Fuel Fix, an energy news website operated in part by the Houston Chronicle.

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5:49 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Plan July 6 to Outline Spending of BP Spill Fines

The committee set up to manage most environmental fines going to the states affected by the BP oil spill of 2010 says it will release its plan July 6.

The Courier reports that a seven-page document released last week by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council includes a list of projects that would meet the goals of the Restore Act. It also describes how the trust money will be made available over the next 10 years and a three-year project and program priority list.

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7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

BP Facing Billions More In Fines Over Oil Spill

Huge civil penalties looming for BP.

BP has agreed to a $4 billion settlement of a criminal case filed by the Justice Department over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A pending civil case could cost tens of billions of dollars more in penalties.

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Super Bowl XLVII
6:40 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Katrina's Scars Harder to See as Super Bowl Looms

New Orleans has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since the 2005 storm left the city in shambles.

To see the remnants of Katrina's destruction, fans coming arriving for Sunday's game will have to stray from the French Quarter and the downtown corridor where the Superdome is located. Even in neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the storm, many of the most glaring scars have faded over time.

BP Oil Spill
4:04 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Judge OKs BP Criminal Settlement

Federal court judge approves settlement of BP's criminal case.

A federal judge in New Orleans has approved a settlement of criminal charges filed against BP over its 2010 oil spill. The oil company will pay $4 billion and admit to manslaughter in the accident that killed 11 workers.

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12:45 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Judge Approves BP's Manslaughter Plea In 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 2:03 pm

A federal judge has approved a guilty plea by BP to manslaughter charges in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The approved deal includes a record $4 billion in criminal penalties.

Eleven workers on the Deep Water Horizon rig died in the April 2010 explosion. BP pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges for those deaths and to lying to Congress about the amount of the oil spilling out into the Gulf of Mexico.

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7:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Fishing Industry Frustrated With Science Reviews of BP Oil Spill

Public forum held at BP oil spill scientific conference.

The public got a chance in New Orleans to hear about research under way to assess environmental damage caused by the BP oil spill. Some in the fishing industry say they feel left out of the process.

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7:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

BP Oil Spill Conference Underway in New Orleans

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative conference.

Some of the world’s leading scientists and academics are in New Orleans this week to review research under way into the effects of the BP oil spill. It’s the first year of a 10-year review.

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7:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Blast Victims' Relatives Weigh in on BP Plea Deal

Relatives of workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion are sharing their stories with the judge who will decide whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for the 2010 disaster.

Wednesday is the deadline for victims to submit written statements about BP's plea agreement with the Justice Department to U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance. The judge has scheduled a Jan. 29 hearing where she will either accept or reject the deal.

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7:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Federal Judge Delays Ex-BP Engineer's Trial

A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kurt Mix's trial was scheduled to start Feb. 25, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. moved it to June 10 after conferring with defense attorneys and prosecutors on Monday. Duval agreed to give both sides more time to prepare.

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