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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.

Oil

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.

Oil

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

Source: 
FuelFix

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.

Oil

May 2015 trial date for BP investors lawsuit

Source: 
Reuters

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.

Oil

BP spill oil still coming ashore, 4 years on

Source: 
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.

Oil

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.

Oil

Judge orders ExxonMobil to turn over Arkansas spill documents

Source: 
Reuters

A federal judge ordered ExxonMobil Corp. to turn over decades of documents related to the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in Mayflower, Ark., rejecting the company's effort to dismiss a federal lawsuit, Reuters reports.

Oil

Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.

The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments while BP PLC appeals lower court rulings that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.

The 5th Circuit and a district court have ruled that BP must stand by its agreement to pay such business claims without requiring strict proof that the spill caused losses.

Oil

Oil train classroom-on-rails trains responders

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rolling classroom on rails, complete with four tanker cars and a flatbed rigged with a variety of valves and fittings, made a whistle stop Thursday at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing enhanced safety training to first responders in light of increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil.

The railroad is conducting a three-day training program at Albany's Hudson River port before taking its Safety Train to other cities along a route through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Oil

Brown proposes fee on Calif. crude-by-rail deliveries to pay for spill response

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Los Angeles Times

California Governor Jerry Brown wants to expand a program that deals with oil spills to cover crude transported by rail, and has suggested a fee of 6.5 cents per barrel to pay for it, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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