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 report steers clear of blame

The crew of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig failed to react to “multiple indications” of problems with BP’s Macondo well before it blew out, but divergence from industry standards and plans approved by regulators also played a role in the accident, according to a new investigation report.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP spill fund doesn’t need oversight, administrator says

BP Plc spill-claims fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg doesn’t need court supervision to ensure victims of the worst offshore spill in U.S. history are compensated fairly and quickly, his lawyer said.
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 outlines plan for trial over Gulf oil spill

A federal judge today outlined his plan for conducting a trial designed to assign percentages of fault to the companies sued over last year’s deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and Gulf oil spill.
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)

Oil still a problem on Mississippi islands

Dark-amber mats of oil as big as a large man’s foot sit on the sand 10 feet from the water, and farther inland along the beaches of Horn Island’s west end.
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Another deep-water drilling rig to leave the Gulf of Mexico

Another deep-water drilling rig is leaving the Gulf of Mexico amid a continued slowdown in activity in the U.S. offshore basin following the BP oil spill last year.
Shell's Gulf of Mexico Mars platform, seen here being repaired after Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Shell.

Shell wins new deep-water permit, puts last of idled rigs back to work

The permit is for a new well at Shell’s Europa field, located 140 miles southeast of New Orleans in nearly 4,000 feet of water. Production from the field will be tied back to Shell’s existing Mars offshore platform.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) speaks during a news conference July 26, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A number of Senate and House Republicans held the news conference to introduce the "Ensuring the Full Faith and Credit of the United States and Protecting America's Soldiers and Seniors Act" legislation. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Vitter blocks Interior nominee over drilling

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is using his power as a senator to block an Obama administration nominee as a way to get the hundreds of oil and natural gas drilling leases extended in the Gulf of Mexico.
Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (AP file photo/The Times Picayune)

Bromwich: CERA offshore report “flawed”

The head of BOEMRE says a report on the impact of the offshore drilling moratorium was misleading.
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Some oil spill payments going to child support

Disaster payments from the BP oil spill are being intercepted by the state from those who are behind in their child support.
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)

Rough seas could expose tar mats along Ala. shore

The storm season could uncover more tar mats and oil globs along the Alabama shoreline.