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This Aug, 31, 2005 file photo shows a man pushing his bicycle through flood waters near the Superdome in  New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina left much of the city under water. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Law center: Gulf Coast rig repair firm apologizes for mistreated workers in Katrina aftermath

Signal hired roughly 500 Indian welders and shipfitters after the devastating 2005 hurricane in a rush of repair work on storm-damaged oil equipment and rigs.
The United Kalavryta, shown in the Gulf in late July, about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Iraq wins in fight with Kurds over disputed tanker

The case began last year when Iraq’s central government sued to seize a tanker loaded with crude from the country’s Kurdish region that had sailed to the Gulf of Mexico and anchored in international waters off the coast of Texas.
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Republicans oppose new safety rules on offshore drilling

The Interior Department is poised to issue standards to close what it says are gaps in blowout preventer rules. Such a device failed catastrophically when a BP well blew out in 2010, causing a massive oil spill.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

BP investors’ $2.5 billion class-action lawsuit can move forward, appeals court rules

BP Plc must face institutional investors’ claims for more than $2.5 billion in market losses caused by the plunge in share prices after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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.