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Trial opens for ex-BP engineer who deleted texts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal prosecutor vowed Tuesday to prove that a former BP drilling engineer was trying to destroy evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages from a cellphone after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Court backs BP's bid to stop some Gulf spill payments

Source: 
Bloomberg

An federal appeals court granted BP an injunction halting some 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill damage payments, finding that U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier didn't properly consider arguments against the claims' validity, Bloomberg reports.

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Federal jury to hear case against ex-BP engineer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Mississippi River reopens to traffic after sinking

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Of an estimated 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel and oil that has spilled from a towboat that sank in the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, at least 85 percent has been removed and barge traffic has resumed on the busy waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

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Arguments close in Chevron's Ecuador case

Source: 
Reuters

Arguments closed in the Chevron Corp. fraud case against Steven Donziger, the lawyer who led Ecuadoran plaintiffs to win a $18 billion judgment for alleged pollution by Texaco before Chevron acquired the company, Reuters reports.

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Cleanup of fuel leaking from sunken boat continues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials were assessing the environmental damage Tuesday after a towboat carrying 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel and oil sank in the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, closing the river to barge traffic.

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Towboat sinks in river in Iowa, releasing oil

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — A towboat sank Monday in the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities-area community of LeClaire, releasing oil into the water and prompting a response from several agencies who were trying to determine how much fluid leaked, the Coast Guard said.

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Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

CHICAGO (AP) — The images are startling. Billowing black clouds darken the daytime sky as wind-driven grit pelts homes and cars and forces bewildered residents to take cover.

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China president visits injured in deadly oil blast

BEIJING (AP) — China's president on Sunday visited hospitalized victims of deadly explosions that ripped through residential and commercial roads from a ruptured pipeline owned by the country's largest oil refiner.

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Donziger denies wrongdoing in Chevron's Ecuador case

Source: 
Reuters

Steven Donziger, a lawyer who helped Ecuadorean plaintiffs win an $18.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp., denied during testimony before a federal judge that he won the case through bribery, Reuters reports.

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