Commercial fishermen from St. Bernard Parish, La., hired by BP lay oil retention booms around New Harbor Island in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

BP violates oil-pollution law in claims process, lawyers say

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BP Plc is using “coercive tactics” to force victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to agree to final settlements with a claims fund, lawyers suing the company said.
Workboats operate near the Transocean Development Driller II at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Dave Martin)

Special master sought to oversee oil spill claims

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The attorneys for people and businesses suing BP over last year’s Gulf oil spill want a federal judge to appoint a special master to oversee the claims process.
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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.