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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)

Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

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Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.
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)

Gulf oil leak records cannot be kept secret, US judge says

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An Associated Press investigation recently revealed evidence that the leak at the site of the toppled platform is worse than Taylor or government regulators had publicly reported.
In this photo taken May 10, 2015, a dead dolphin washes ashore in the Gulf of Mexico on Grand Isle, La. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists stated in a report released, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, that there are links between BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill and a spate of dolphin deaths since the spill. The study is part of a wide-ranging assessment of ecological damage caused by the spill. BP has rejected that contention and said necropsies of dolphins and "other information reveal there is no evidence" to make the link between the spill and dolphin deaths. (AP Photo/Cain Burdeau)

Researchers say BP oil spill contributes to dolphin illnesses, deaths

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The latest findings mark an “important piece in the chain of evidence” linking an uptick in deaths since early 2010 to the BP oil rig disaster that spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said.
Elmer "Bud" Danenberger III. Danenberger is being honored with the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his contributions to the industry. (OTC)

OTC: Award recepient’s first job after retiring from a 38-year Interior Department career was investigating the BP oil spill

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Elmer Danenberger is being honored with the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his contributions to the industry.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Jury trials for medical suits over BP spill approved

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“BP disagrees with the Court’s ruling and is considering its options,” a company spokesman said.
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)

AP: Offshore wells buried during Hurricane Ivan have been leaking oil into the Gulf since 2004

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An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what the company behind the leak has publicly reported.
(Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg)

Activists occupy BP headquarters ahead of 5-year anniversary of Gulf oil spill

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Protesters carried signs criticizing the company’s response to the 2010 offshore platform explosion and oil spill that killed 11 workers and unleashed hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in 2010.
In June, GE tested this prototype 20,000 psi ram blowout preventer at its Houston Technology Center. The 20ksi program also includes new wellheads, connectors, control systems, and riser systems. (GE Oil & Gas)

Feds unveil plan for keeping offshore oil wells in check five years after Gulf spill

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The measure codifies many of the steps that companies have already taken to better keep offshore wells in check, including more rigorous maintenance and testing of the blowout preventers that act as a last line of defense against uncontrolled surges of oil and gas.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Chemical Safety Board prevails in Deepwater Horizon case

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In a dispute over Deepwater Horizon documents, the International Association of Drilling Contractors has warned that a court ruling in favor of the Chemical Safety Board would upset decades of precedent governing the offshore oil sector.
Patrick Juneau, administrator of the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center. (Houston Chronicle)

BP makes peace with oil spill claims boss

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The British oil giant said Friday it is withdrawing an appeal of its request for a federal judge to fire Patrick Juneau, the claims administrator of BP’s settlement program, which has paid more than $4 billion to thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents who have claimed financial losses after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.