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2nd round of BP seafood payments OKd by judge

Source: 
The Times-Picayune

A second $500 million dollar round of payments to seafood workers from BP in the wake of its 2010 spill has gotten the go-ahead from U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who turned away the company’s efforts to block them, The Times-Picayune reports.

Oil

Latest spill-related grants announced

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A conservation agency has announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the latest projects Monday. It marks the second round of grants from a program funded as a result of plea agreements between the U.S. Justice Department, BP and Transocean.

Oil

Early tests don't find tainted water from oil boom

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no early evidence of contamination from an energy boom that's already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday.

However, the U.S. Geological Survey cautioned that the tests could have missed contamination from surface spills or leaking well casings. That's because water can take many hundreds of years to migrate beneath the surface, meaning contamination might not have reached USGS sample sites.

Oil

Flow resumes in Sunoco pipeline, company admits bigger spill

Source: 
The Shreveport Times

Sunoco Logistics said Monday the malfunction in its Mid-Valley Pipeline in Louisiana four weeks ago spilled 500 more barrels of oil into the Tete Bayou than it had originally reported, as the flow resumed at 80 percent pressure, according to The Shreveport Times.

Oil

Superior to pay $1.6M for Texas spill

Source: 
UPI

In a consent decree filed in District Court in Texas, Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million for violations of the Clean Water Act for spilling 2,200 barrels of crude into a wetland four years ago, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, UPI reports.

Oil

BP spill left big oily 'bathtub ring' on seafloor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The BP oil spill left an oily "bathub ring" on the sea floor that's about the size of Rhode Island, the smallest U.S state at 1,200 square miles (3,100 sq km), new research shows.

The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million (38 million liters) gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig.

Oil

Researchers looking at linking drilling to infant deaths

Source: 
The Denver Post

No scientific link has been established that ties infant deaths to chemicals from oil and gas drilling, but with clusters of fatalities in areas of heavy drilling in Utah's Uinta Basin and near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, researchers are working to see if they can establish one, The Denver Post reports.

Oil

More California drilling could risk health of millions: NRDC

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Los Angeles Times

An analysis of state environmental data by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 5 million people in California already live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, and expanding drilling could expose them to greater health risks, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Oil

Oil boom brings growing hydrogen sulfide problem

Source: 
E&E

The leak of hydrogen sulfide from a tank battery in Odessa, Texas, which sickened nearby residents, is a microcosm for a growing problem accompanying the nation’s oil boom, E&E reports.

Oil

Leaking North Dakota oil well contained

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil regulators say a well that leaked oil, gas and brine for more than two days has been brought under control.

Oil and Gas Division spokeswoman Alison Ritter says the XTO Energy Inc. well in McKenzie County was under control by 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The well had been leaking since at least Thursday afternoon.

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