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November retrial date expected for former BP engineer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Court papers filed Thursday show attorneys are working toward a Nov. 16 date but may seek to push the trial back to Nov. 30.

Oil

Scientist: Oil slick off Santa Barbara likely from natural seafloor seepage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coast Guard officials were still trying to determine the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick off California's Santa Barbara County shoreline, but a scientist said Thursday that it's likely the result of naturally occurring seepage from the sea floor.

Authorities said the 3-mile sheen was harmless to people and beaches remained open — in contrast to the mass closure that occurred in May when a broken pipeline spilled 100,000 gallons of crude oil, fouling sands, seabirds and fishing areas in the same general area.

Oil

California beaches remain open as source of oil slick sought

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Beachgoers were warned to avoid tar balls on Thursday along the Santa Barbara shoreline as the Coast Guard sought the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick that floated up 1,000 yards from the sand.

Authorities said the three-mile sheen was harmless to people and beaches remained open — in contrast to the mass closure that occurred in May when a broken pipeline spilled 100,000 gallons of crude oil, fouling sands, seabirds and fishing areas in the same general area.

Oil

Coast Guard investigating oil slick off California coast

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A large oil slick mysteriously appeared Wednesday off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May.

The sheen was initially reported as about 50 feet to 60 feet wide about 1,000 yards off the Santa Barbara County city of Goleta, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson. But county fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said it was "very large" and its current size would be determined when a Coast Guard helicopter arrived to fly over it.

Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.

An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said all of the payments to local governments must be made within 30 days.

China accepts group's case against ConocoPhillips, CNOOC

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court says it has accepted a case brought by a social organization against oil giants ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over oil spills in northern China in 2011.

It is the first case brought by a social organization over maritime pollution since China changed its law to allow registered non-government organizations who have been dealing with environmental issues for at least five years to sue heavy polluters.

Oil

Re-trial date to be set next week for ex-BP engineer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week.

Federal prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Mix was acquitted on one criminal count in 2013. But he was convicted on an obstruction of justice charge.

Oil

Pope should stop LA oil operation: Residents

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Los Angeles Times

Residents are appealing to Pope Francis to intervene to stop AllenCo Energy Inc. from restarting an oil operation on church land in a south L.A. neighborhood, where people had become ill from noxious fumes, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Oil

Months to find spill cause in Alberta, says Nexen exec

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Reuters

Nexen Senior Vice President Ron Bailey says it will likely take the company months to find out exactly why a leaking pipeline spilled more than 31,500 barrels of emulsion in northern Alberta, Reuters reports.

Officials: Oil train didn't speed before Montana derailment

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within authorized speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident's cause.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train loaded with crude from North Dakota was traveling 44 miles per hour before Thursday's wreck, U.S. Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Matthew Lehner said.

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