A group of idle rigs is seen behind James Noe, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Hercules Offshore while aboard the Hercules 251 a shallow water drilling rig owned by on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, near Port Fourchon, La. (Smiley N. Pool /Chronicle)

Industry study predicts Gulf drilling plummet from safety rule

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Announced last April by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, the rule would tighten standards on blowout preventers – the device that failed in the case of Deepwater – as well as put more controls on how companies drill and monitor wells deep under the surface of the ocean.
Robert Kaluza, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, talks with his attorneys Shaun Clarke, left, and David Gerger, right, as they enter Federal Court before he is arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans on  Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Schedule set for BP rig supervisor’s misdemeanor trial

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Last week, federal prosecutors dropped 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter against Robert Kaluza and co-defendant Donald Vidrine.
In a Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, Donald Vidrine, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, stands with his attorneys outside Federal Court after being arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans. At the request of prosecutors, a judge agreed Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, to dismiss manslaughter charges against Vidrine and Robert Kaluza, two supervisors who were working on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig when it exploded in April 2010.  Vidrinepleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Manslaughter charges dropped for BP supervisors in oil spill

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The explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig killed 11 workers and set off the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster.
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Anadarko ordered to pay $159.5M in Deepwater Horizon fines

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A federal judge on Monday said Anadarko Petroleum Corp. must pay $159.5 million in environmental penalties for its part in “the polluting enterprise” that caused a massive 87-day oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago.
In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Federal judge grants trial delay in BP oil spill fraud case

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The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. found the evidence so voluminous that attorneys would need more time to prepare their defenses.
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer says he was ‘scapegoat’

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On Sunday, Kurt Mix wrote in a first-person commentary posted on the Wall Street Journal website that was an oil spill scapegoat.
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer pleads guilty in Gulf oil spill probe

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Prosecutors suggested no prison time for Mix, and a judge sentenced him to six months of probation.
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Change-of-plea hearing set for ex-BP engineer

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Kurt Mix has spent more than three years fighting charges that he obstructed an investigation by deleting text messages about the amount of oil from the Deepwater Horizon rig.
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Texas lawyer among seven accused of faking thousands of BP oil spill claims

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The charges of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, identity theft and aggravated identity theft involve 41 alleged victims, U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis said.
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Study shows more extensive coral damage related to BP spill

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Using remotely operated submarines, researchers explored the Pinnacle Reef in September 2011 and found more than 400 coral colonies were injured.