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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)

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.
(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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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.
(Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg)

Hearing held in flood board’s oil industry lawsuit

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U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown heard more than two hours of arguments on multiple issues, including the energy companies’ contention that the lawsuit seeks relief from the court that should be left to regulatory agencies.
Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and oil industry leaders condemned the suit as an attack on a vital industry. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Exxon joins Jindal to face Dr. Mud in wetlands legal fight

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Members of a New Orleans levee board are suing 90 oil and natural gas producers for billions over claims that they’re destroying coastal marshes.
Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

14 companies bid for western Gulf leases

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Federal officials on Wednesday will open sealed bids from 14 companies vying for new oil and gas leases in the western Gulf of Mexico.
Paul Morel used to go out to Shell's Olympus platform to help operate it. Now he works in a New Orleans office. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Technology lets producers move jobs from platforms to land

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Shell and other offshore players to move a growing number of jobs historically performed at sea onto land.