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Greenpeace activists held a banner that said 'The People vs. Shell' as they scaled the Polar Pioneer drill rig in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Environmentalists nab one big win in Arctic drilling plans

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Environmentalists howled over the Obama administration’s decision to approve Shell’s broad Arctic drilling plan, but they scored one big victory.
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.
The Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer is lifted onto the deck of the Helix Q4000 in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana in September 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Five years after Gulf disaster, feds ready new well control and blowout preventer mandates

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The Obama administration is poised to lay out new requirements for controlling offshore wells, nearly five years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill vividly illustrated the damage that can be unleashed when they are not kept in check.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Anadarko oil spill fines cut by $1.1 billion after ruling

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The Woodlands-based oil company had owned 25 percent of the doomed Macondo well and is on the hook for up to $1,100 in fines for every barrel that reached the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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U.S. judge: BP’s lies about flow rate didn’t hinder Gulf oil spill response

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“There is no dispute that BP lied,” about how much oil flowed from the Macondo well during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said, but that didn’t factor in to the effort to stop the blowout.
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BP asks judge to cap spill penalties at $12 billion

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BP wants a federal judge to cap its potential oil-spill pollution fines at a maximum of $12.3 billion, a move that would cut away nearly a third of the penalties U.S. prosecutors are seeking for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

Researchers find oil footprint from 2010 Gulf oil spill

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New research is shedding more light on the fate of the crude that gushed out of BP’s failed Macondo well in 2010.
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BP says judge’s fact findings should limit its spill liability

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BP is arguing in court that certain findings in a federal judge’s recent ruling actually work in its favor.
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BP asks Texas Supreme Court for ruling that would cut spill costs

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The legal question of the day, submitted by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to the justices in Texas, could change the way companies finance risky business operations well beyond the oil industry.
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)

Botched safety test, extra drilling key to “reckless” BP ruling

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A federal judge’s ruling that BP was reckless in the lead up to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill hinged on the company’s decisions to drill deeper than was deemed safe and skip or misread well integrity tests, among other factors “motivated by profit.”