Former BP CEO Tony Hayward photographed at BP's West Houston offices Wednesday, May 5, 2010. (Photo: Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle )

Justice Dept., others grilled Tony Hayward in deposition

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Former BP chief Tony Hayward fought off accusations he sought to prop up the company’s falling share price through the company’s daily briefings on the Gulf oil spill, and that the company didn’t keep its promise to share its data on how much crude was spewing into the sea, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.
Oil boom protects wetlands in Barataria Bay on the coast of Louisiana, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Key to Gulf Coast recovery: dirt

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force says mud, silt and sand are needed to rebuild wetlands and barrier islands, which provide critical habitat for shrimp, crab and fish and act as nature’s speed bumps against storm surge.
The blowout preventer pulled from the wreckage at BP's Macondo well is transported to land for testing on Sept. 11, 2010. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

BP, Transocean spar over who gets blowout preventer

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The Deepwater Horizon rig owner wants the BOP back, but BP argues the government should safeguard it at least until the end of a trial regarding lawsuits filed over the Gulf oil spill.
Categories: Gulf oil spill
Beach goers at Pensacola Beach in Pensacola, Fla., on July 11, 2010, when efforts were still underway to cap the runaway Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico (AP file photo/Michael Spooneybarger)

Florida puzzles over how to bill BP for spill losses

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Economists this week began the complex task of determining how much revenue Florida lost due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP figures show the company has paid cities, counties and other local entities in the state about $10.6 million for revenue losses and millions more for other spill-related expenses.
A Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) like this one will be used in the Gulf of Mexcio to handle production from Petrobras' Chinook-Cascade project in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Petrobras)

Petrobras’ deep-water Gulf project delayed — again

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After repeated delays, the Brazilian oil giant now says the start of production at its Cascade and Chinook fields is targeted for the end of 2011, after earlier promising the project by mid-year.
Workers secure the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer onto the deck of the Helix Q4000 after lifting it from the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Transocean videos: BOP maintenance wasn’t the problem at Macondo

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Transocean details what it believes happened to the BOP on the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig during the May 2010 blowout in two videos released today.
Categories: Gulf oil spill, Social
Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (AP file photo/The Times Picayune)

Offshore regulator: New drilling rules on the way

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The government is readying new rules to boost the safety of offshore drilling and tighten standards for blowout preventers used to guard subsea wells.
Oil gushes from BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico on July 12, 2010. (AP Photo/BP)

Reactions to Transocean report: More ‘circular finger-pointing’ *update*

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Immediately following the release this morning of Transocean’s internal investigation report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster last year, several of the companies involved in the accident, analysts and politicians were ready with responses.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Transocean report: BP didn’t assess risks properly before blowout *update*

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BP failed to adequately assess the risks of well design and operations decisions before the Deepwater Horizon blowout and ensuing oil spill, according to a report by rig owner Transocean.
Jimmy Harrell, Transocean offshore installation manager on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, testifies in Kenner, La., on Thursday, May 27, 2010 during a Coast Guard/BOEMRE hearing as part of the joint investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Top Transocean rig worker won’t testify in civil suits

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Transocean’s Jimmy Wayne Harrell won’t give a deposition in the civil lawsuits that have been filed against the companies and individuals involved in last year’s Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill.