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Enbridge settles Michigan class-action lawsuit

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian company responsible for a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan has agreed to pay about $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.

A federal judge must still approve the settlement reached last week by Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta. The company has agreed to pay about $2.2 million to residents and land owners of properties within 1,000 feet of the Kalamazoo River. Those who lived within 200 feet of the river will split a total payment of $250,000 and those who lived further away from the river, will each receive several hundred dollars, depending on the proximity.

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Another round in BP’s court fight with feds over spill fines

Source: 
FuelFix

The latest legal arguments between lawyers for BP and U.S. attorneys center on whether the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard are within their rights to adjust per barrel pollution fines upward for inflation, with a total of some $11 billion at stake, FuelFix reports.

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High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus claims by businesses.

Coast Guard proposes Bering Straits shipping route

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing an 8-mile wide shipping route through the Bering Strait region to try to protect Arctic waters, as global warming has increased traffic in the vulnerable area.

Retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral Roger Rufe, former operations chief for the Department of Homeland Security, said the two-way voluntary route is the shipping version of a highway. He said it is an indication that climate change has made the region more passable for ships, ramping up traffic in rough waters. Melting ice is opening up shorter routes from Europe to Asia through the Arctic.

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Guilty plea from ex-BP claims adjuster on wire fraud charges

Source: 
The Times-Picayune

Charlie English, who worked as a claims adjuster following BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges, admitting he filed $257,400 worth of false claims and kept $30,000 of the money, The Times-Picayune reports.

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Trial on track for ex-BP exec

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill remains on track for a trial next year, despite defense efforts to have the charges dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Wednesday declined to throw out one count against David Rainey and took under advisement defense motions to throw out another, a Justice Department spokesman said after the morning hearing.

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Breached pipeline causes Israel oil spill

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says a breached pipeline has caused a large oil spill in the southern part of the country.

Guy Samet, an Environment Ministry official in charge of southern Israel, told local media that Thursday's spill near the Red Sea port of Eilat could take months to clean up.

Oil

Ex-BP executive fighting Gulf oil spill charges

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March.

The defendant is David Rainey, who has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he hampered a congressional investigation into the spill.

Oil

Alabama beaches have oil, 4 years after spill

Source: 
The Associated Press

Four years after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf, oil remains trapped on Alabama beaches, mostly in the form of tar balls, according to Auburn University researchers, The Associated Press reports.

Oil

BP settlement process handling claims correctly: Audit

Source: 
The Times-Picayune

Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.

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