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Gulf oil leak records cannot be kept secret, US judge says

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal magistrate judge Wednesday rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak.

The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that a coalition of environmental groups, led by the New York City-based Waterkeeper Alliance, filed against Taylor Energy Co. The New Orleans-based company owned an oil platform that toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

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Oil slicks off California span 9 miles, cleanup underway

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Slicks of oil that spilled into California coastal waters from an onshore pipeline spanned a total of 9 miles Wednesday, and a company official said the line was operating at full capacity when it broke, suggesting much more oil escaped than initially estimated.

The oil that spilled Tuesday off southern Santa Barbara County formed two slicks, said Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams, one of two federal response coordinators.

Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The scientists on Wednesday said large numbers of dead bottlenose dolphins found along shores since the spill suffered from lung and adrenal lesions caused by swimming in oil-contaminated seas.

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4-mile oil slick lines California coast after pipeline spill

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean for several hours before it was shut off, creating a slick some 4 miles long across a scenic stretch of central California coastline, officials said.

Initial estimates put the spill at about 21,000 gallons Tuesday, but that figure would likely change after a Wednesday morning flyover gave a better sense of the spill's scope, U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jennifer Williams said.

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US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem.

Taylor Energy Company, which owned the platform and a cluster of oil wells, has played down the extent and environmental impact of the leak. The company also maintains that nothing can be done to completely eliminate the chronic oil slicks that often stretch for miles off the coast of Louisiana.

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Deal reached between Michigan, Enbridge over 2010 oil spill

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — A company responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history will restore or create 300 acres of wetlands as part of a sweeping agreement to improve the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan, state officials said.

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Appeals court gives BP chance to appeal claims

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Reuters

BP is entitled to appeal some damage claims in the wake of its 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a ruling last week from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Reuters reports.

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5th Circuit: 3 Mexican states cannot sue BP over 2010 spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit against BP and other companies by three Mexican states over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a 2013 district court ruling.

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Jury trials for medical lawsuits over BP oil spill approved

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil spill cleanup workers who sue BP for medical problems that surface later in life have the right to make their case before a jury, a federal judge has ruled.

The BP oil spill medical settlement reached in 2012 was set up to pay cleanup workers and others who experienced certain illnesses during the immediate aftermath of the April 2010 disaster.

Oil

Greenpeace spots 3-mile oil slick off Spain's Canary Islands

MADRID (AP) — Greenpeace has called on Spain's government to dedicate more resources to cleaning up an oil spill rising up from a sunken fishing trawler off the Canary Islands after spotting a five-kilometer (3-mile) slick.

The group said one of its planes had detected "thick oil" covering the ocean just above where the Russian fishing boat Oleg Naydenov sank on April 14, about 24 kilometers (15 miles) south of the tourist hot-spot of Gran Canaria.

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