South LA emissions probe pushes energy co. to pledge upgrades: EPA

Los Angeles Times

Allenco Energy has promised to spend $700,000 on upgrades to its South Los Angeles oil production facility after complaints about odors and health problems triggered a probe by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Los Angeles Times reports.


4 years after BP spill, FL leaders kayak seashore

GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, Fla. (AP) — For Dan Brown, seeing the globs of orange and brown oil that washed up along the Florida Panhandle's 58 miles of protected national park beaches four years ago was like a punch in the stomach.

But now, those beaches are clean and Brown, the superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, is celebrating the park's resiliency with a kayak trip from one end to the other. Community leaders and residents joined Brown for parts of his journey around the seashore that was marred after a BP oil platform exploded in April of 2010, causing millions of gallons of oil to flow into the Gulf.


Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.

Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine alleges in court documents filed earlier this month that the March 22 collision, which occurred after the ship struck a barge the tugboat had been pulling, was caused by gross negligence on the part of the ship's owner, Sea Galaxy Marine based in Liberia in West Africa. In its own court filings, Sea Galaxy says the collision was not its fault.


Deadlines, meetings set ahead of Jan. BP trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January's trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Jan. 20 date for the trial was set earlier this year by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. It will be the third phase of litigation to determine penalties arising from the disaster.


Some bitterness and mess remain, 4 years after BP spill


Oil continues to wash up on some Louisiana beaches four years after the Deepwater Horizon sinking sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a number of area residents remain angry and resentful despite BP paying out billions of dollars in compensation, Reuters reports.


Coast Guard disputes BP claim that active Gulf cleanup over


The Coast Guard is taking issue with BP comments about Gulf cleanup four years after the Macondo well blowout, with a spokesman declaring the process is “far from over,” FuelFix reports.


Ex BP-employee settles US insider-trading charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to settle federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement of civil insider-trading charges with Keith Seilhan, saying he agreed to pay $224,118. Seilhan neither admitted nor denied the SEC's allegations but agreed to refrain from future violations of securities laws.The agency says Seilhan was a crisis manager in BP's incident command center in Houma, Louisiana, and coordinated the initial cleanup operations after the spill that occurred April 20, 2010.

The SEC says he received private company information on the magnitude of the disaster, such as estimates of oil flow.


Ex-US Attorney heads Gulf spill claims audit panel

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge heads up a new three-member audit panel appointed to review the settlement program arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Raymond Lamonica, now a law professor at LSU, was appointed Wednesday by the federal judge overseeing litigation that followed the spill. Also named to the panel were accountant Lloyd Tate and LSU accounting professor Larry Crumbley.


Puerto Rico probes oil spill in popular lagoon

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico are investigating who caused a diesel spill they say has contaminated a popular lagoon in the U.S. territory's capital.

Officials are advising people not to bathe in the Condado Lagoon in San Juan.

The lagoon was one of the locations used for an Ironman triathlete event over the past weekend. It is also a popular spot for swimmers, kayakers and standup paddle boarders.


‘Active cleanup’ of La. coast ends following 2010 Gulf spill: BP

The Times-Picayune

The “active cleanup” phase of the Louisiana coast has ended, nearly four years after BP’s disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Tuesday, The Times-Picayune reports.


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