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Company: "Act of God" caused decade-old oil leak

Company: “Act of God” caused decade-old oil leak

BATON ROUGE, La. — The latest on a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

The president of a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico says it was caused by “an act of God event.”

Taylor Energy Company President William Pecue also told a gathering of industry experts and environmental advocates on Wednesday that the company cares “very deeply” about the environment.

Oil slicks often stretch for miles at the site where a Taylor Energy-owned platform toppled off the coast of Louisiana during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Federal regulators estimate the leak could last a century or more if left unchecked.

Wednesday’s forum in Baton Rouge is a requirement of a court settlement that Taylor Energy reached in September with environmental groups, which accused the company of withholding information about the leak.

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5 a.m.

For the first time, a New Orleans-based company is hosting a public meeting to disclose details of its ongoing efforts to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Taylor Energy Company agreed to hold Wednesday’s forum in Baton Rouge when it reached a court settlement in September with environmental groups that accused the company of withholding information about the leak.

A Taylor Energy executive is expected to answer questions from the audience during the daylong meeting.

Taylor Energy has said nothing can be done to completely eliminate the chronic sheens that frequently stretch for miles off Louisiana’s coast at the site where one of its platforms toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Federal regulators recently estimated the leak could last a century or more if left unchecked.

In related news, Company to hold meeting on decade-old oil leak in Gulf.

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