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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.
An aerial view of the Ensco 8502 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (Jennifer Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Low oil prices drive down bidding for Gulf of Mexico drilling rights

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With just five companies participating and only 33 leases sold, the turnout was the lowest western Gulf auction since area-wide leasing began in 1983, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
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)

New Orleans accepts $45 million from BP in oil spill settlement

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office announced in a news release Thursday the money will be used for “resilience initiatives, including water management and coastal and ecosystem restoration.”
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Midnight deadline approaches for oil spill settlement claims

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Claims administrator Patrick Juneau says there has been an uptick in the number of filings as the deadline approached. He said claims centers in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas will be open until midnight to handle claims.
David  Rainey,   (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Judges tosses 1 of 2 charges against ex-BP exec on trial

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Rainey now faces a single charge of making false statements to the FBI during a 2011 interview.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Appeals court opens door to some BP settlement appeals

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The appeals court in New Orleans late Friday ordered a lower court judge to change a procedure that effectively blocked appeals. And the appeals court told the judge to reconsider a rule barring BP from appeals regarding the calculation of a business’ losses that are based on the way revenues and expenses are matched.
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.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is briefed before a March 18, 2015 government auction of drilling rights in the central Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

Feds collect millions in Gulf oil drilling sale, despite falling prices

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Slumping oil prices tempered some of the industry’s enthusiasm for new drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico — but not much.
(AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Houston man accused of lying about blowout preventer tests

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If convicted on two counts of making false statements to federal agencies, he could get up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Spill trial: BP makes its case for lower pollution fines

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BP’s fourth and final witness, Robert Cox, a practicing physician and toxicologist at the University of Mississippi Medical School, said he found the oil spill and the efforts to clean it up left no significant adverse human health impacts or threats to public health, based on his analysis of exhaustive state and federal data.