Chinese oil pipeline burns; thousands evacuated

BEIJING (AP) — A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents, a government oil company said Tuesday.

The pipeline was damaged by construction work at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, allowing oil to flow into a sewage pipe, where it caught fire, China National Petroleum Corp. said in a statement. It said the oil burned for 25 minutes before being extinguished.

No deaths or injuries were reported. CNPC said 20,000 nearby residents were evacuated.


Ex-BP exec can be tried on obstruction charge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal appeals court in New Orleans said in a ruling posted Monday.

The case involves allegations that David Rainey failed to disclose information from BP PLC indicating that the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion could have been far higher than estimates that were being made publicly.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt had ruled in favor of defense lawyers, who said the law that Rainey was charged with breaking refers specifically to congressional committees, but not subcommittees.


BP should restore internal claims process for spill: Grijalva

The Hill

BP should resume the claims process it shut down a week ago for people seeking damages in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill who have not signed on to the settlement agreement, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said in a statement Friday, The Hill reports.


Nigerian fishermen reject Shell's $50 million

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Lawyers say thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history."

The offer comes as a British court Friday ruled the oil company can be legally liable for oil thefts if it fails to protect its pipeline infrastructure. Until now, Shell has paid compensation only for spills caused by equipment failure.

Some $35 million worth of oil is stolen daily in Nigeria.


Feds get time to decide on retrial for BP engineer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have been granted additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer accused of deleting texts about the amount of oil flowing from a blown-out well during the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval granted the prosecutors' motion Thursday.

Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of juror misconduct in his 2013 trial.


Feds want time to decide on retrial for BP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill investigation.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of misconduct by a juror in his 2013 trial.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that deciding whether to appeal Duval's order will take time and will require involvement of top Justice Department officials. They asked for an exclusion from federal speedy-trial requirements. The Speedy Trial Act calls for a trial within 70 days of a new trial being ordered but also contains provisions for delays.


Another lawsuit against BP for Gulf spill, this one over cleanup costs


A subsidiary of Fluor Corp. which trained unemployed people to do beach cleanup work in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is suing BP over millions of dollars in workmen’s compensation claims it has had to pay out, FuelFix reports.


May 2015 trial date for BP investors lawsuit


U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison Friday determined that the lawsuit filed by BP investors claiming the company misled them about the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill will go to trial next May, Reuters reports.


BP spill oil still coming ashore, 4 years on

National Journal

Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Thursday, report that sand clumps filled with oil identified by biomarkers as coming from the BP Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 continue to wash up on shore, National Journal reports.


New trial ordered for ex-BP engineer Mix

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval threw out Kurt Mix's obstruction-of-justice conviction, saying that remarks a jury forewoman overheard outside of the courtroom influenced the verdict.

Prosecutors said Mix, of Katy, Texas, deliberately deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury's investigation of the spill.


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