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In this March 31, 2015 photo, a supply vessel crosses an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak's environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps that the Gulf routinely absorbs. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Details on fight against decade-long Gulf oil spill to be released under court deal

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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.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Houston’s Black Elk Energy facing criminal charges for fatal Gulf explosion

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

Judge OKs agreement ending lawsuit over Arkansas oil leak

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U.S. District Judge Kris Baker said Wednesday the agreement complies with the Clean Water Act and is fair to ExxonMobil and the governments.
Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique team members, left, evaluate oil coverage as a hand crew worker scraps areas affected by an oil spill at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Justice Department probes Plains pipeline spill

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Plains disclosed the ongoing probes and the possibility of civil and criminal charges tied to the incident in an earnings filing this week.
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Texas company to pay $170,000 for 2010 Wyoming oil spill

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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.
In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Supreme court rejects BP, Anadarko appeals over Gulf oil spill fines

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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.
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BP’s Gulf spill toll could run up to $68.2 billion

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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.
A drilling rig under contract to Shell arrives in Port Angeles, Washington en route to Alaska's Chukchi Sea, where Shell hopes to drill this summer. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Court rules against environmentalists in endorsing feds’ handling of Arctic spill response plans

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Environmentalists said the ruling demonstrates federal policies need an update to ensure oil spill response plans get tougher scrutiny.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP says paying a fraction of oil spill bill could put its U.S. unit in trouble

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Fines for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster could reach as high as $13.7 billion against BP.
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Judge rejects BP appeal on cap for Gulf oil spill liabilities

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Barbier said he hasn’t yet determined the actual amount of the civil penalty stemming from the Gulf of Mexico spill, which could run as high as $13.7 billion.