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Environmental groups criticized the state government’s motion.
Details about a chronic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will be disclosed as part of the settlement agreement between Taylor Energy and environmental groups.
Houston-based Black Elk Energy faces six criminal counts for a blast at a Gulf of Mexico production platform that killed three workers and injured others.
U.S. District Judge Kris Baker said Wednesday the agreement complies with the Clean Water Act and is fair to ExxonMobil and the governments.
Plains disclosed the ongoing probes and the possibility of civil and criminal charges tied to the incident in an earnings filing this week.
In March 2010 162 barrels of crude oil discharged from a pipeline into a tributary of the Norwood River. The spill has been fully cleaned up.
A federal appeals court last year upheld Barbier’s conclusion about BP’s and Anadarko’s liability under the Clean Water Act. The offshore explosion released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf, the largest spill in U.S. history.
The cost estimate means the remaining legal aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which includes impending environmental fines and settlement payments, could run up another $16 billion to $24 billion as the tangle of litigation around the spill unfolds for the next few years.
Environmentalists said the ruling demonstrates federal policies need an update to ensure oil spill response plans get tougher scrutiny.