A dispersant plane passes over an oil skimmer on April 27, 2010 as it cleans oil in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Researchers say bacteria consumed oil from Macondo oil spill

Use of chemical dispersant and the subsea location of oil released in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster gave bacteria easy access to dissolve 200,000 tons, according to research published this week.
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2 states say spill deal is inadequate

A proposed settlement of claims relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is insufficient for spill victims in Louisiana and Mississippi, the states have told a federal judge overseeing the deal.
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Steffy: Victim’s father sees big omission in BP talks

Keith Jones has heard about the government’s negotiations over criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Amid all the talk of multibillion-dollar fines, though, he sees a glaring omission.
Categories: General
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BP said Hurricane Isaac uncovered many buried Gulf Coast beach tarballs

Some of the tarballs uncovered when Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast were remnants of the 2010 oil spill from BP’s Macondo well.
Categories: Accidents, General

Perry staffer takes helm at Texas Railroad Commission

The Texas Railroad Commission has appointed Milton Rister, a longtime player in Republican state politics, as executive director of the state’s top energy regulatory agency.
Categories: General, Politics/Policy
Cleanup worker Jeiner Foronda places fresh absorbent boom in the affected marshland of Terrebonne Parish, La., while cleaning up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. ( Smiley N. Pool / Chronicle )

Louisiana attorney general objects to proposed spill deal

A proposed deal to settle thousands of claims from Gulf Coast individuals and businesses damaged by the 2010 oil in inadequate, the state of Louisiana says.
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Shell’s Arctic drilling temporarily stops

Just one day after launching exploratory oil drilling on its Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, Shell has been forced to halt operations because of possibly encroaching sea ice.

BP's Marlin platform in the Gulf of Mexico (BP Photo)

Analysts raving about BP’s latest asset sale

BP’s Monday announcement of a $5.5 billion sale for several Gulf of Mexico properties has brought praise from analysts for the price commanded, as it moves closer to its target $38 billion asset divestment by the end of 2013.
Categories: Gulf oil spill, Offshore
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Transocean says it discussed $1.5 billion spill deal

Transocean has sought a settlement of $1.5 billion for its Deepwater Horizon claims with the Justice Department, according to a September 10 SEC filing.
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Spectra's Egan Hub facility near Lake Charles, LA.

Spectra plans export network for natural gas in Canada

Spectra Energy has joined the race to export Canada’s natural gas riches with plans to develop a multibillion-dollar pipeline to a proposed export facility near British Columbia’s Pacific coast, the company announced.
Categories: Pipelines