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Another lawsuit against BP for Gulf spill, this one over cleanup costs

Source: 
FuelFix

A subsidiary of Fluor Corp. which trained unemployed people to do beach cleanup work in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is suing BP over millions of dollars in workmen’s compensation claims it has had to pay out, FuelFix reports.

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May 2015 trial date for BP investors lawsuit

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Reuters

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison Friday determined that the lawsuit filed by BP investors claiming the company misled them about the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill will go to trial next May, Reuters reports.

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BP spill oil still coming ashore, 4 years on

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National Journal

Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Thursday, report that sand clumps filled with oil identified by biomarkers as coming from the BP Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 continue to wash up on shore, National Journal reports.

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New trial ordered for ex-BP engineer Mix

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval threw out Kurt Mix's obstruction-of-justice conviction, saying that remarks a jury forewoman overheard outside of the courtroom influenced the verdict.

Prosecutors said Mix, of Katy, Texas, deliberately deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury's investigation of the spill.

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Judge orders ExxonMobil to turn over Arkansas spill documents

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Reuters

A federal judge ordered ExxonMobil Corp. to turn over decades of documents related to the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in Mayflower, Ark., rejecting the company's effort to dismiss a federal lawsuit, Reuters reports.

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Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.

The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments while BP PLC appeals lower court rulings that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.

The 5th Circuit and a district court have ruled that BP must stand by its agreement to pay such business claims without requiring strict proof that the spill caused losses.

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Oil train classroom-on-rails trains responders

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rolling classroom on rails, complete with four tanker cars and a flatbed rigged with a variety of valves and fittings, made a whistle stop Thursday at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing enhanced safety training to first responders in light of increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil.

The railroad is conducting a three-day training program at Albany's Hudson River port before taking its Safety Train to other cities along a route through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

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Brown proposes fee on Calif. crude-by-rail deliveries to pay for spill response

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Los Angeles Times

California Governor Jerry Brown wants to expand a program that deals with oil spills to cover crude transported by rail, and has suggested a fee of 6.5 cents per barrel to pay for it, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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CSB: Oil drilling risks remain from blowout preventer woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The key last-ditch safety device that failed to prevent the 2010 BP oil spill remains a potentially catastrophic problem today for some offshore drilling, according to a federal safety board investigation.

The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board details the multiple failures and improper testing of the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations for the breakdown. They found faulty wiring, a dead battery and a bent pipe in the hulking device.

"The problems with this blowout preventer were worse than we understood," safety board managing director Daniel Horowitz said in an interview. "And there are still hazards out there that need to be improved if we are to prevent this from happening again."

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Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines for spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It upheld a 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who has scheduled a trial in January to help decide how much the oil giant owes in federal Clean Water Act penalties.

"We hope the court's decision will be one more step toward reaching a just conclusion for the American people," U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in an email.

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