A member of ExxonMobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (Courtney Spradlin /AP/Log Cabin Democrat)

Arkansas sets deadline for Exxon spill documents

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has set an April 10 deadline for ExxonMobil to produce documents connected to the company’s oil spill in Mayflower.
Oil field workers' jobs probably are less at risk than corporate functions under the proposed Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger (Donna McWilliam/AP)

Gulf spill judge troubled by Halliburton’s trial conduct

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The federal judge overseeing the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Thursday he is “troubled” by Halliburton’s “pattern” of conduct in not turning over documents, test results and other materials related to the cement that was used on the ill-fated well project.
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Enron victims concerned by former CEO’s possible early prison release

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“It’s stunning that somebody who robs a bank of a couple thousand dollars could end up spending more time (in prison) than someone like Jeff Skilling,”said Andrew Stoltmann, a Chicago-based securities attorney who represented 10 victims of the Enron scandal.
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TXU spared tax liability on $23 billion by IRS ruling

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Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas power company taken private six years ago in the largest leveraged buyout, won’t have to pay a potential tax liability on $23 billion when transferring ownership of some of its units, according to a decision by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse in Houston after he was freed on bail. The former BP engineer is accused of obstruction of justice in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle

Lawyer enters not guilty plea for former BP engineer in Gulf spill case

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A lawyer for a former BP engineer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The blowout preventer that failed to stop the out-of-control flow of oil from BP's Macondo well is pulled from the Gulf of Mexico in September 2010. (Pat Semansky, AP)

Judge frees Cameron from liability in Gulf spill trial

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The federal judge overseeing the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Wednesday threw out remaining claims against blowout preventer maker Cameron and issued findings that could have implications on the liability of other defendants in the case.
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La. man to be sentenced for plot to defraud BP

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A federal judge is set to sentence a Covington businessman who pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing BP for roughly $1.4 million for use of a helicopter after the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Dolphin deaths still high after Gulf oil spill, environmentalists say

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Dolphin deaths and sea turtle strandings in the waters affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill continue to occur at elevated rates nearly three years after the disaster, the National Wildlife Federation said in a new report Tuesday.
American Petroleum Institute chief economist John Felmy. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Mishaps shouldn’t impede energy expansion, industry economist says

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The recent oil pipeline rupture in Arkansas and other mishaps shouldn’t stand in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline, the American Petroleum Institute’s chief economist said Tuesday.
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water as the sky is reflected in sheen on Barataria Bay, off the coast of Louisiana, in this June, 7, 2010 file photo. A high-stakes trial to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the spill began Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Gulf spill claims administrator says BP complaint lacks merit

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The claims administrator overseeing the multi-billion dollar settlement reached last year between BP and victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says BP’s complaint that he is violating the terms of the deal should be thrown out because he has immunity from being sued and he is simply following court directives.