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Feb. 29 appeal date in coastal suit against oil companies

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The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East hopes to revive the lawsuit it filed in 2013.
Robert Kaluza, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, talks with his attorneys Shaun Clarke, left, and David Gerger, right, as they enter Federal Court before he is arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans on  Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Schedule set for BP rig supervisor’s misdemeanor trial

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Last week, federal prosecutors dropped 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter against Robert Kaluza and co-defendant Donald Vidrine.
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Shell Chemical has more plans for Gulf Coast growth, Geismar GM says

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Shell said the expansion will make the Shell Geismar Chemical Plant the largest producer of alpha olefins in the world.
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Phillips 66 grows in Texas, Louisiana to feed refineries

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Construction recently began for a new hydrotreater at the Lake Charles Refinery to meet federal Tier 3 standards for lower sulfur content in gasoline for the beginning of 2017.
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.