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Ex-BP exec David Rainey not guilty of lying over oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal jury has found a former BP executive not guilty of making false statements to investigators in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Prosecutors said David Rainey, in the early days of the spill, manipulated calculations to match a far-too-low government estimate of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. However, defense attorneys said Rainey's figures were made honestly and that he had no reason to lie.

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Closing arguments set in ex-BP executive Rainey's trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Testimony is over and closing arguments were set for Friday in the federal trial of a former BP executive charged with lying to investigators about oil spill calculations he made following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Jurors were expected to begin deliberating the single count against David Rainey by midday. Conviction of making a false statement carries a possible prison sentence of up to five years.

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Test of ruptured oil pipe failed to detect major corrosion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two weeks before an oil pipeline rupture spilled over 100,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast, a test was run that would reveal serious wear in that stretch of corroded pipe.

Preliminary results showing the pipe lost nearly half the metal near the break vastly underestimated just how thin the pipe had become. Federal regulators said Wednesday that examination indicated more than 80 percent of the pipe had worn down.

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Deliberations near in ex-BP executive's oil spill trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Closing arguments have been scheduled in the case of David Rainey, the former BP executive charged with lying to federal investigators about the 2010 BP oil spill.

Attorneys will make their final statements to jurors Friday morning and the jury is expected to begin deliberations by noon.

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German company fined for ship's oily discharge in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A German shipping company on probation for dumping oily water off California in 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to pay $750,000 for a repeat offense in Alaska.

A ship owned by Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG discharged an estimated 1,780 gallons of oily water in U.S. waters on a trip from China to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands earlier this year, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis.

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Pipeline that spilled oil on California coast badly corroded

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude oil near Santa Barbara last month occurred along a badly corroded section that had worn away to a fraction of an inch in thickness, according to federal regulators.

The preliminary findings released Wednesday by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration point to a possible cause of the May 19 spill that blackened popular beaches and created a 9-mile slick in the Pacific Ocean.

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Fisherman sues pipeline owner over Santa Barbara oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A commercial fisherman has sued the owner of an oil pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast.

Stace Cheverez filed a lawsuit on Monday in Los Angeles federal court against Plains All American Pipeline.

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Trial of ex-BP exec to go to jury Friday

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The case of a former BP executive accused of lying over estimates of the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from a well blowout five years ago should go to the jury Friday, according to the judge who’s presiding over the trial.

The first witness Wednesday will be Charles Henry of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said.

Prosecution: Ex-BP exec lied; defense: no motive to lie

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive manipulated early estimates of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico after a 2010 rig explosion to conform to a low government estimate, then lied about it to federal agents, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

Defense attorneys countered that David Rainey's estimates were the best he could do as he and other BP officials worked to shut down the flow of oil after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and that he had no reason to lie roughly a year later when questioned about his calculations.

Judge tosses 1 of 2 charges against ex-BP exec on trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Monday tossed out one of two pending charges against a former BP executive the federal government accuses of trying to hide the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt threw out a charge of obstruction of Congress against David Rainey, BP's former vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, according to The Advocate.

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