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California beach to reopen 2 months after oil spill

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A California beach fouled by an oil spill will reopen to swimmers and campers two months after a pipeline ruptured and spewed thousands of gallons of crude along the coast, officials said.

State Parks rangers toured the shoreline west of Santa Barbara on Thursday and cleared Refugio State Beach to reopen July 17.

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Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge refused on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led by the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance have a right to sue Taylor Energy Company.

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$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.

Federal and state government officials touted the record-breaking $18.7 billion agreement as a historic milestone in the Gulf Coast's recovery. The Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 rig workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude that stained beaches, coated wildlife and polluted marshes.

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Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP on Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties after millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf. Individual states also were pursuing litigation. Most of those penalties were to be distributed among the states for environmental and economic restoration projects along the Gulf Coast.

Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that granted Kurt Mix a new trial because of jury misconduct in his 2013 trial.

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Supreme Court won't hear appeal over Gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear appeals from energy giants BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the owners of the blown-out Macondo well could not avoid federal fines for the spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.

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Report: Oil from Santa Barbara spill spread to Redondo Beach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A petroleum pipeline company says oil from a Santa Barbara, California, spill spread more than 100 miles to Los Angeles County beaches.

Plains All American Pipeline said Friday that oil from its pipeline was found as far away as Redondo Beach.

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Plains mum on delay in reporting leak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Plains All American Pipeline would not comment Friday on why it took to long to confirm that its pipeline had cracked and was spilling thousands of gallons of oil onto the sand and water west of Santa Barbara, after documents obtained by The Associated Press revealed that a Plains employee at the scene initially suggested to firefighters that the spill "was too big to be from their pipeline." 

Firefighters investigating the reported petroleum stench at a California beach last month didn't take long to find the spill — oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. Tracing the source, they found crude gushing from a bluff like a fire hose "without a nozzle," the records show.

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California oil spill gushed like hose 'without a nozzle'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters investigating a reported petroleum stench at a Central California beach last month didn't take long to realize a spill had taken place — oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. Tracing the source, they found crude gushing from a bluff like a fire hose "without a nozzle," records show.

But critical time would elapse before the operator of a nearby pipeline would confirm it had ruptured and was the source of the spewing oil. An employee at the scene for Plains All American Pipeline initially suggested to firefighters that the spill "was too big to be from their pipeline," according to the documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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UN presses top European oil firms on decarbonization

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Christiana Figueres, the United Nations climate chief, has written to European oil and gas firms including BP and Royal Dutch Shell, asking them to urgently ramp up their efforts to fight climate change, Reuters reports.

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