Gulf Oil Spill Investigation

Feds’ oil spill probe delayed again *updated*

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The government’s chief investigation into last year’s Deepwater Horizon disaster will not be ready in time for a July 27 deadline.
BP workers search for tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Horn Island in the Mississippi Sound out from Pascagoula, Miss. in January 2011. (AP Photo/The Sun Herald, James Edward Bates)

Proposed bill would direct money from BP fund to Gulf Coast states

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Gulf Coast Senators announced plans to introduce legislation that would call for at least 80 percent of BP penalities from last year’s Deepwater Horizon disaster to be redirected to Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Texas for restoration plans.
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BP rig worker excused from testimony

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Donald Vidrine, one of two BP well site leaders on the Deepwater Horizon, has been excused from being interviewed in the civil lawsuits surrounding the deadly accident due to undisclosed medical reasons.
Rig workers pause while mopping the decks on a Hercules rig. (Smiley N. Pool/Houston Chronicle)

CERA study: Faster drilling permits means more jobs

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The U.S. could see another 230,000 jobs in 2012 and 400,000 barrels per day of additional domestic oil production if federal regulators stepped up that pace of drilling permits, argues a new study from IHS-CERA. Federal officials say they’re doing the best they can with limited resources.
The mobile offshore drilling unit Development Driller III at the Deepwater Horizon site on May 7, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

Steffy: “Reforms at BP fall short”

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BP’s strategy for returning to the Gulf of Mexico is going according to plan.
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Senators fear spills tied to Cuban drilling, Canadian oil

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Concerns about offshore drilling in foreign territories and oil transported in international waters close to the U.S. dominated a Senate hearing today that was designed to focus on last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Senators pressed administration officials and industry representatives about the environmental risks from tankers carrying Canadian crude and offshore drilling planned for Cuban waters this fall.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Gulf spill claims fund to be audited to speed work *updated*

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Attorney General Eric Holder says an independent audit will be performed on the $20 billion fund set up to compensate victims of the BP oil spill.
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Judge denies BP request for White House oil spill emails *updated*

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BP is seeking a court order compelling the White House to turn over emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration’s response to last summer’s massive Gulf oil spill.
Tasha Metz, a post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M Galveston, places a Ridley Sea Turtle into it's crate, on Bolivar Penninsula, which was this season's first live Ridley Sea Turtle's found after laying her nest of eggs. (Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle)

Despite BP oil spill, Kemp’s ridley turtle numbers at record levels in Texas

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A record number of endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nests was found in Texas this year despite worries that nesting could be harmed by the BP oil disaster and a cold winter that killed hundreds of turtles.
(Photo: Sam Howzit/Flickr)

Judge throws out RICO claims vs. BP *update*

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Gulf Coast businesses and residents can’t make claims that BP engaged in racketeering as part of last year’s oil spill, a federal judge ruled on today. The judge also said Anadarko must try to arbitrate its disputes over the failed Macondo well with BP before it can sue.