BP oil spill

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6:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Federal Judge Reviewing BP Settlement

BP claims under review

A federal judge in New Orleans is considering a proposed class-action settlement with BP over its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP says it will pay close to $8 billion, but it could be higher.

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Recovery
9:10 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants

More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill.

The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau is part of a proposed settlement between BP and a team of private plaintiffs' attorneys.

The deal calls for BP to fund a total of $57 million in tourism and seafood promotion grants.

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BP Oil Spill
12:01 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

BP Containment Cap Plugged, But Congress Demands More

BP says it has plugged holes in a leaky containment cap that failed to stem oil gushing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The oil company may have to clear oil still inside the structure abandoned a few hundred feet from the sealed well.

The Coast Guard says openings in the discarded cofferdam have been closed off, but Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Ed Markey says he wants BP to do more. He wants all remaining oil removed from the cap and other equipment still on the sea floor. He also wants to see the underwater footage taken of the repair operation.

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Latest News
1:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

BP Says It Stopped Oil Leaks From Underwater Debris

BP says Macondo well leak has been stopped.

BP says it has successfully plugged underwater equipment oozing oil near its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard will monitor if the plugs hold.

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4:03 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Coast Guard: Gulf oil slick comes from device used in 2010 spill

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An undersea camera confirms that an oil slick discovered in the Gulf of Mexico came from a 100-ton device on the seafloor that BP had used several weeks after the 2010 oil spill in a failed attempt to cap its runaway Macondo well, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.
An undersea camera confirms that an oil slick discovered in the Gulf of Mexico came from a 100-ton device on the seafloor that BP had used several weeks after the 2010 oil spill in a failed attempt to cap its runaway Macondo well, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.
Latest News
6:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Underwater Robots Checking BP's Macondo Well Site

The Coast Guard is leading an undersea effort to check the site of BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The well was sealed three months after the explosion in 2010, but a new oil slick has surfaced.

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Latest News
12:00 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Coast Guard Approves Plan To ID Source Of Oil Sheen Near BP Well

The Coast Guard is overseeing efforts under way to find the source of an oil sheen near BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company and federal scientists suspect it came from debris on the sea floor.

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BP Oil Spill
12:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Oil Sheen Linked to BP Spill

The Coast Guard says an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico matches oil from the BP spill two years ago. The exact source is unclear.

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BP Oil Spill
1:43 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Gulf oil spill workers sought for health study

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is making another push to get people who worked on the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil disaster cleanup to enroll in a long-term health study.

Dr. Dale Sandler, chief of the agency's epidemiology branch, said Tuesday that more than 29,000 people have enrolled so far. But, she says, the goal is to get 35,000 to 40,000 people signed up before enrollment in the study ends Dec. 31.

The Advocate reports enrollment started March 2011.

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BP Oil Spill
10:53 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Some catches in Gulf above some pre-spill levels

Gulf of Mexico fishing boats hauled in far more menhaden last year than in 2010. Catches of some other important species were above pre-spill levels in some Gulf Coast states. But a federal official says it's too early to rule out long-term effects from the spill.

A national report released Wednesday says the Gulf's menhaden catch last year was nearly 66 percent above that in 2010. Other species also showed increases.

Roy Crabtree of NOAA Fisheries says that's guardedly good news. But he says it's probably too soon to tell whether the spill killed eggs and immature fish.

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