Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for.

Thursday's finding by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sets the stage for next week's trial to determine BP's Clean Water Act penalties. The government has argued that the oil giant should pay as much as $4,300 per barrel spilled, which could mean in excess of $13 billion in penalties. BP argues that the per-barrel penalty should be less.


Appeals court won't rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 7-6 against a rehearing. The court released its ruling Friday.


Ohio EPA: No contamination detected after refinery explosion

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — No dangerous contaminants were released into the air by an explosion at an oil refinery that was felt 10 miles away and sparked a fire that burned for more than 14 hours, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.

Testing was done by the U.S. EPA, Allen County and Husky Energy for a variety of contaminants, including benzene, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide and asbestos, Ohio EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer said.


Shell, villagers agree to $83.5 million for huge oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community 55 million pounds (about $83.5 million) for the worst oil spill ever suffered in Nigeria.

Wednesday's agreement ends a three-year legal battle in Britain over two spills in 2008 that destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of mangroves and the fish and shellfish that sustained villagers of the Bodo community in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta.


Black Sea oil spill from Russian pipeline


Efforts to contain an oil spill in the Black Sea Wednesday following a pipeline leak were being stymied by storms, officials told Reuters.


Enbridge oil spill settlement is $6.25M, not $6.75M

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A settlement over a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan is worth $6.25 million, not $6.75 million as lawyers reported earlier in December.

A new filing has been made in Grand Rapids federal court. Judge Gordon Quist still must approve the deal between a Canadian company and residents and land owners near the Kalamazoo River.


BP to court: Prosecutors not accounting for oil price slide


Fines prosecutors are seeking in the Deepwater Horizon disaster were based on higher oil prices, not the levels in the market now, BP is arguing in court, according to papers the company filed Monday, FuelFix reports.


Companies liable for $134 million from offshore spill: BOEM

The Hill

Companies will be liable for $134 million in damages from any offshore oil spill, up from the previous limit of $75 million, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Thursday, The Hill reports.


Ecuador case against Chevron before Canadian court

TORONTO (AP) — Lawyers for a group of Ecuadoran villagers are asking Canada's high court on Thursday to grant their clients access to Canadian courts to enforce a US$9.5-billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp for rainforest damage.

Lawyers have fought in several countries over who's responsible for pollution in the rain forest. They are arguing that the case should be heard in Canada because Chevron has a Canadian subsidiary.


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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