Nesting pelicans are seen landing as oil washes ashore at an island near Louisiana in May 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Victims’ attorneys attack BP’s effort to block spill payments

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Attorneys for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill say BP’s latest effort to halt payments from its multibillion-dollar class action settlement should be denied because the company has failed to present any evidence that any claim has been improperly calculated or paid.
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Exxon Mobil agrees to $2.4M in fines, improvements

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Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality says Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million in fines, improvements and other payments to settle violations at Baton Rouge-area plants.
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Coastal group asks levee board to drop suit

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The state’s coastal restoration authority voted Wednesday to ask a New Orleans-area flood control board to drop its lawsuit seeking damages from nearly 100 oil and gas companies over coastal erosion allegedly caused by dredging and digging for canals and pipelines.
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JPMorgan Chase headquarters in New York.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

FBI taking a role in JPMorgan Energy probe

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The inquiry focuses on conduct at issue in the bank’s $410 million civil settlement last month with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
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Pollution lawsuit against Pa. plant is revived

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A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday against a western Pennsylvania power plant, ruling that two women who live nearby can sue over alleged fly ash pollution even though the plant meets state and federal air pollution standards.
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Judge: EPA may have tried to skirt disclosure law

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A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of personal email accounts may have been aimed at skirting public disclosure requirements.
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BP asks judge to deny investors’ bid to sue as group

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BP Plc (BP/) asked a federal judge to deny U.S. investors the right to pursue a class action, or group, lawsuit claiming the company misled them before and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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An aerial view of the Ensco 8502 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

State coastal chief assails suit against oil, gas

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A south Louisiana flood prevention board’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies is an assault on a vital job-producing industry and throws a monkey wrench into a coordinated state effort to save and restore Louisiana’s eroding coast, the state’s top coastal official told a legislative panel Wednesday.
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Baker Botts looks to Brazil to grow its energy business

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Among the firm’s ongoing strategic objectives: extend its network to clients in energy centers worldwide.
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Pa. family in drilling lawsuit still gets royalty

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A family that settled a lawsuit over the impacts of natural gas drilling still collects royalties from the gas production, according to documents made public this week.
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