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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.
Last week, federal prosecutors dropped 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter against Robert Kaluza and co-defendant Donald Vidrine.
The explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig killed 11 workers and set off the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster.
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.
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.
Prosecutors suggested no prison time for Mix, and a judge sentenced him to six months of probation.
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.
The charges of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, identity theft and aggravated identity theft involve 41 alleged victims, U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis said.
Using remotely operated submarines, researchers explored the Pinnacle Reef in September 2011 and found more than 400 coral colonies were injured.