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Payments from 2012 BP settlement $7.9 billion so far

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. (Image: Petty Officer 2nd class Justin Stumberg via Wikipedia)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The office that processes claims for businesses and people who suffered economic losses from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it has approved payments totaling $8.5 billion as of June 30. Of that, $7.9 billion in claims has been paid. The figures are in the latest federal court filing from Michael Juneau, the administrator ...

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Vermilion sues oil and gas companies over coastal damage

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vermilion Parish is suing dozens of oil and natural gas companies over damage the parish’s district attorney says drilling caused to the coast. District Attorney Keith Stutes filed the lawsuit Thursday in state court. Vermilion is the fourth parish to file suit against oil and gas companies over such damage claims. The suits accuse oil and ...

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The Oil & Gas Awards Wants to Celebrate — Texas Style

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After multiple years of battering from regulation and nose-diving commodity prices, The Oil & Gas Awards believes everyone with their head above water deserves an Award. That said, many companies have survived by adapting to harsh market conditions through streamlining business and embracing innovation. The Texas Oil & Gas Awards will be celebrating those companies that think outside the box, bringing ...

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Coast Guard: 4,200 gallon oil spill in south Louisiana

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says about 4,200 gallons of crude oil has leaked from an abandoned oil pipeline near marshland in southeast Louisiana. A Tuesday news release from the Coast Guard says the leak was reported and stopped Monday. The line belongs to Hilcorp Energy of Houston. A company spokesman said he would have more information on ...

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Sempra gets OK to boost exports from proposed expansion

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CAMERON, La. (AP) — A San Diego energy company says it has federal permission to boost planned exports by 39 percent from a proposed expansion of the plant it’s building in southwest Louisiana. Sempra Energy said Monday that the U.S. Department of Energy approved exporting an additional 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to countries outside U.S. ...

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Counts dropped in Gulf oil spill fraud case against lawyer

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas lawyer and six co-defendants are now facing a reduced indictment of 73 charges, instead of 95, at federal trial on accusations that they faked more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP gulf oil spill in 2010. Online court records show that prosecutors dropped 22 counts of identity document fraud before jury selection began ...

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Oil industry headlines from around Texas

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From budget cuts to oil spills, here is the news from the Texas oil and gas industry this week. Oil spill photos are finally visible to the public Photos taken by the Civil Air Patrol of flood-related oil spills are now available to the public online, rather than requiring a login and password for the University of Texas website. The ...

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Top Texas energy stories June 26 – July 3

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According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count has increased by 10 this week, with Texas gaining four of the total overall increase. The price of oil is inching back up , playing games with that $50 per barrel mark. Oil currently sits at $48.99, and Brent crude is $50.35. The anxiety associated with the British vote to leave the ...

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Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

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HOUSTON (AP) — The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika. Broken window screens. Limited air conditioning. Trash piles that seem to re-appear even after they’re cleaned up. On a hot, humid day this month, Hotez pointed at one pile that included old tires and a smashed-in ...

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Oil bust leaves states with massive well cleanup

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BIGFOOT, Texas (AP) — The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards. As U.S. rig counts plunge to historic lows, and with at least 60 oil producers ...

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