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BP to court: Prosecutors not accounting for oil price slide

Source: 
FuelFix

Fines prosecutors are seeking in the Deepwater Horizon disaster were based on higher oil prices, not the levels in the market now, BP is arguing in court, according to papers the company filed Monday, FuelFix reports.

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Companies liable for $134 million from offshore spill: BOEM

Source: 
The Hill

Companies will be liable for $134 million in damages from any offshore oil spill, up from the previous limit of $75 million, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Thursday, The Hill reports.

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Ecuador case against Chevron before Canadian court

TORONTO (AP) — Lawyers for a group of Ecuadoran villagers are asking Canada's high court on Thursday to grant their clients access to Canadian courts to enforce a US$9.5-billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp for rainforest damage.

Lawyers have fought in several countries over who's responsible for pollution in the rain forest. They are arguing that the case should be heard in Canada because Chevron has a Canadian subsidiary.

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Enbridge settles Michigan class-action lawsuit

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian company responsible for a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan has agreed to pay about $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.

A federal judge must still approve the settlement reached last week by Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta. The company has agreed to pay about $2.2 million to residents and land owners of properties within 1,000 feet of the Kalamazoo River. Those who lived within 200 feet of the river will split a total payment of $250,000 and those who lived further away from the river, will each receive several hundred dollars, depending on the proximity.

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Another round in BP’s court fight with feds over spill fines

Source: 
FuelFix

The latest legal arguments between lawyers for BP and U.S. attorneys center on whether the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard are within their rights to adjust per barrel pollution fines upward for inflation, with a total of some $11 billion at stake, FuelFix reports.

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High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus claims by businesses.

Coast Guard proposes Bering Straits shipping route

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing an 8-mile wide shipping route through the Bering Strait region to try to protect Arctic waters, as global warming has increased traffic in the vulnerable area.

Retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral Roger Rufe, former operations chief for the Department of Homeland Security, said the two-way voluntary route is the shipping version of a highway. He said it is an indication that climate change has made the region more passable for ships, ramping up traffic in rough waters. Melting ice is opening up shorter routes from Europe to Asia through the Arctic.

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Guilty plea from ex-BP claims adjuster on wire fraud charges

Source: 
The Times-Picayune

Charlie English, who worked as a claims adjuster following BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges, admitting he filed $257,400 worth of false claims and kept $30,000 of the money, The Times-Picayune reports.

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Trial on track for ex-BP exec

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill remains on track for a trial next year, despite defense efforts to have the charges dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Wednesday declined to throw out one count against David Rainey and took under advisement defense motions to throw out another, a Justice Department spokesman said after the morning hearing.

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Breached pipeline causes Israel oil spill

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says a breached pipeline has caused a large oil spill in the southern part of the country.

Guy Samet, an Environment Ministry official in charge of southern Israel, told local media that Thursday's spill near the Red Sea port of Eilat could take months to clean up.

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