Amnesty: Shell has not cleaned up oil spills in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Oil giant Shell is "blatantly false" when it claims it is cleaning up spills that continue to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

A new report quotes one contractor as saying his clean-up was "a cover-up" that involved simply turning over earth to let spilled oil dry for a few days, then returning the still-contaminated soil to the ground.

Amnesty: Shell cleanups of oil spills in Nigeria a cover-up

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International says oil giant Shell's claims of cleaning up spills that have destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians are "false."

A report issued Tuesday quotes one contractor as saying his clean-up was "a cover-up."


China court orders ConocoPhillips to pay fishermen for spill

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday ordered ConocoPhillips to pay 1.68 million yuan ($265,000) to 21 fishermen who claimed their livelihoods suffered from oil spills in northern China in 2011, state media reported.

The verdict from a court in Tianjin city followed nearly four years of haggling between the fishermen and the company, the official Xinhua News Agency said.


Texas lawyer expected in court in oil spill-related case

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer, his brother and a second employee of his law firm are among seven people accused of faking more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Other attorneys paid Mikal Watts' law firm nearly $11 million for shares in his "seafood docket" of claims brought by deckhands on commercial fishing boats, according to the 95-count indictment unsealed Thursday in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Gulf states settle with Transocean over 2010 spill damages

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal court records in New Orleans show all five Gulf of Mexico states have reached a settlement with the owner of the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 BP oil spill.

Alabama's governor had announced that state's settlement with rig owner Transocean last week. A filing dated Tuesday by Transocean and attorneys for Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas says that all of the states have entered a settlement agreement.


Study shows more extensive coral damage related to BP spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gulf coral damage from the massive BP oil spill is more extensive than previously thought, according to a new study that revealed sick and dying corals in the rich, deep-water environment off the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi known as the Pinnacles.

Using remotely operated submarines, researchers explored the Pinnacle Reef in September 2011 and found more than 400 coral colonies were injured. Corals — such as sea whips, sea fans and black corals — were covered in a scum of dead tissues and oily residue. Some showed severe damage, such as bare skeletons and missing branches.


Halting leak near sunken Lake Erie barge poses big challenge

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is leading efforts to find a leak of what it believes is a petroleum-based substance coming from a sunken barge on the bottom of Lake Erie near the U.S.-Canadian border.

What makes that so challenging goes beyond just the location of the wreckage.


Crews to begin hunt for leak near sunken barge in Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Underwater contractors are being sent to Lake Erie to search for the source of what appears to be a petroleum leak coming from a century-old sunken barge recently found in the water near the U.S.-Canadian border, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday.

Shipwreck hunters think the leaking solvent is from a tanker barge that went down near Ohio's Kelleys Island during a storm nearly 80 years ago.


Alabama announces $20 million settlement with Transocean

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The owner of the drilling rig involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is paying Alabama $20 million to resolve legal claims related to the disaster.

Gov. Robert Bentley's office announced the settlement Thursday with Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig.

The governor says Alabama suffered tremendous economic losses from the disaster, which dumped nearly 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Defense attorney: Texas lawyer indicted over oil spill fraud

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer faces criminal charges after he was accused of submitting thousands of false claims for damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Robert McDuff, a lawyer for San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts, confirmed Wednesday that Watts was indicted in Mississippi and will appear in court Oct. 29 in Gulfport.


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