A capping stack maintained by the Marine Well Containment Company is transported to a storage facility by crain (Photo: MWCC)

Gulf spill consortium gets new head

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The organization was created in the wake of 2010′s Deepwater Horizon disaster, and counts BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and other companies in its membership.
Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and oil industry leaders condemned the suit as an attack on a vital industry. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

New Louisiana law can’t stop ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit

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A state judge in Baton Rouge ruled Monday that Louisiana’s Legislature missed its mark when it passed a bill seeking to halt a south Louisiana flood board’s lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies over coastal damage.
Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and oil industry leaders condemned the suit as an attack on a vital industry. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Exxon joins Jindal to face Dr. Mud in wetlands legal fight

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Members of a New Orleans levee board are suing 90 oil and natural gas producers for billions over claims that they’re destroying coastal marshes.
BHP Billiton's Shenzi tension leg platform is positioned about 120 miles off the Lousiana coast, handling production from several deep-water fields (Photo: BHP)

BHP Billiton, Pemex sign agreement to share deepwater knowledge

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Australian oil and mining giant BHP Billiton and Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, have signed a deal to share knowledge of deepwater operations, BHP Billiton announced.
Black Elk Energy's sign is seen on the front of its office in the 11400 block of Katy Freeway. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Black Elk execs depart, start new firm

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The man who founded and led Black Elk Energy, a Houston firm battered by a fatal 2012 explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, left the company a few weeks ago to try his hand at pumping oil on dry land.
In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, a soldier patrols from the top of a moving vehicle as residents walk in the street in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas state, Mexico. Mexico has sent its soldiers, marines and federal police to bring Tamaulipas state under control, as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexican cartels steal billions from oil industry

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Figures released by PeMex last week show the gangs are becoming more prolific and sophisticated; this year, illegal taps are up more than one-third from the same time in 2013.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP won’t get restitution for spill settlement payments, U.S. Judge Barbier says

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The judge said Wednesday that hundreds of millions in settlement payments over the spill will not go back to BP, despite the court’s recalculation of how much some businesses should receive.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Agency can look at rig owner’s role in oil spill

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A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board’s right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
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BP asks Texas Supreme Court for ruling that would cut spill costs

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The legal question of the day, submitted by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to the justices in Texas, could change the way companies finance risky business operations well beyond the oil industry.
A McDermott International subsea construction vessel installs 65 miles of umbilicals and other subsea structures as it builds up Chevron's Jack and St. Malo project in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: McDermott International/Business Wire)

McDermott completes its work on Chevron’s Jack and St. Malo offshore projects

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Engineering and construction firm McDermott International announced Monday that it’s completed its portion of work on Chevron’s Jack and St. Malo project in the Gulf of Mexico.