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Oil spill intensified Gulf inequality amid economic damage, U.S. witness says

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Gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico caused serious and widespread sociocultural destruction in Louisiana and other states and exacerbated inequality in a region marked by economic immobility, the U.S. government’s second witness in BP’s oil spill case said Tuesday.
A shrimp boat is used to collect oil with booms in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

First U.S. witness gives BP oil spill response high grade

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Coast Guard Rear Admiral Meredith Austin noted that BP personnel had inappropriately packed up equipment at various branches of the response effort before the runaway Macando well was finally killed in September.
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BP, U.S. attorneys clash in opening statements in oil spill trial

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A U.S. prosecutor said in court Tuesday that BP shouldn’t see its environmental fines reduced much from the maximum $13.7 billion just for complying with the law.
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the BP operated off shore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AFP/Getty Images)

BP penalty trial begins in New Orleans

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A federal judge on Tuesday will hear arguments from BP and U.S. government attorneys and experts in the long-running civil case over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Canadian drilling services firm files bankruptcy

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A Canadian company that expanded into South Texas in 2012 with a pioneering waterless technique to fracture shale rock has filed for bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize.
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Anadarko oil spill fines cut by $1.1 billion after ruling

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The Woodlands-based oil company had owned 25 percent of the doomed Macondo well and is on the hook for up to $1,100 in fines for every barrel that reached the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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U.S. judge: BP’s lies about flow rate didn’t hinder Gulf oil spill response

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“There is no dispute that BP lied,” about how much oil flowed from the Macondo well during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said, but that didn’t factor in to the effort to stop the blowout.
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State Dept. gives agencies 2 weeks to comment on Keystone

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Federal agencies have been given a Feb. 2 to provide advice on whether to move forward with the hotly debated Keystone XL pipeline.
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TransCanada sued again by Nebraska landowners over Keystone path

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Dual complaints were filed Friday against the Calgary-based company in state courts in York and O’Neill, Nebraska, by David Domina, the lawyer whose prior effort to halt construction of the 1,179-mile conduit was defeated by a cadre of judges who ruled his clients hadn’t established their legal right to sue.
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Judge rules BP’s Macondo well spilled 3.19 million barrels of oil into Gulf

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A federal judge ruled Thursday that BP’s runaway oil well in 2010 spewed 3.19 million barrels of crude in in the Gulf of Mexico.
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