Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train are piled up following a deadly explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press)

Railroad involved in fatal Quebec explosion to be auctioned

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As the first trains rolled into a Quebec town devastated by a derailment and fire that killed 47 people, a federal bankruptcy judge approved bidding procedures Wednesday for the auction of the Maine-based railroad that owned the train.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

GUILTY: Ex-BP engineer convicted of destroying evidence after Gulf oil spill

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A former BP drilling engineer was convicted Wednesday of one charge that he deleted text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was acquitted of a second charge.
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Jury at a standstill in ex-BP engineer’s trial

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A federal jury has told a judge that they are having difficulty reaching a verdict in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a probe of the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Carter L. Williams is counsel in the Houston office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

Guest commentary: BP engineer’s trial shows worst outcome of failure to preserve evidence

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The first criminal trial stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is about to conclude in the government’s obstruction case against former BP engineer Kurt Mix. With the jury set to decide Mix’ fate, his case is providing important lessons for all corporations.
BP CEO Bob Dudley speaks at an energy conference in Houston. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

BP asks court to suspend seafood payments for fraud probe

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BP Plc asked a U.S. judge to stop payments in the $2.3 billion seafood-industry portion of its settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, pending an investigation of a fraud claim against a plaintiffs’ attorney.
Drillships work near the Tahiti field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

Court won’t take Gulf spill moratorium case

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The Supreme Court won’t decide if the Obama administration violated a judge’s order that struck down its temporary moratorium on deep water drilling after BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Jury deliberates in ex-BP engineer’s trial

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federal jury is weighing the Justice Department’s case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts messages to obstruct a probe of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Prosecutor: Former BP engineer destroyed Gulf spill evidence

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A former BP Plc engineer deliberately destroyed evidence sought by the U.S. for a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill, a federal prosecutor said at the end of a trial in New Orleans.
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Anadarko shares tumble after $14B judgment

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A federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. may have to pay up to $14 billion in liabilities shocked Wall Street on Friday. Investors have erased nearly $4 billion from the company’s market capitalization Friday.
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Former gas drilling exec charged in $9.2M scam

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A former Pennsylvania gas drilling company executive has been charged with stealing $9.2 million from his company.