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Shareholders’ lawsuit against BP gets May 2015 trial date

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) – A U.S. judge set a May 2015 trial date on Friday for BP Plc to face claims in a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading investors about the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison in Houston set…

Scientists: Methane from 2010 BP oil spill lasted long after clean-up

Scientists on Sunday said that methane which leaked from the 2010 oil-rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico persisted in the sea for months beyond a presumed cleanup of the gas by marine microbes. As much as half a million tonnes of natural gas, 80 percent of it methane, leaked…

BP oil spill update: Dolphins with missing teeth and lung disease found in Gulf of Mexico

Bottlenose dolphins with missing teeth, lung disease, and abnormal hormone levels were found swimming in the Gulf of Mexico a year after the BP oil spill, US researchers say. Pneumonia, liver disease and a pregnant female carrying a dead fetus were……

BP oil spill engineer obstructed justice by deleting text messages

An engineer charged with obstructing justice in connection with the 2010 BP well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico has been found guilty of obstructing justice by deleting text messages from his mobile phone. Kurt Mix, a 52-year-old former BP employee, had faced two counts of obstruction for deleting hundreds…

Oil safety weak two years after BP spill: studies

WASHINGTON — Offshore drilling safety and oversight is still lacking two years after the massive BP oil spill sullied the US Gulf Coast, two reports released Tuesday have found. A presidential commission tasked with investigating the spill said it was “encouraged by the progress being made” by the oil industry…

Oceanography professor: Mississippi river is the toilet of North America

Jeremy Jackson, Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, described the mouth of the Mississippi as “the bowl of the toilet of North America” during a speech at the California Academy of Sciences in September. He explained that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was only one…

U.S. report spreads blame for BP oil spill

A key US government report spreads the blame for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, citing a bad cement job and poor management decisions by BP and its subcontractors. The finding by the agency that regulates offshore drilling could strengthen BP’s legal case for recovering some…

Release of key BP oil spill report expected soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The results of a pivotal federal U.S. probe of last year’s massive BP oil spill could be released as early as Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter. The final report from U.S. Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management(BOEM) investigators has been heavily anticipated by investors eager for clues…

U.S. experts eye Cuba oil plans after BP spill

A group of US experts led by a former top environment official has visited Cuba to gather information on the communist country’s Gulf of Mexico oil exploration plans, according to state media. William Reilly, who led the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under former president George H.W. Bush and led…

Shell gets greenlight to begin drilling exploration in the Arctic

US officials have granted Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell conditional approval to begin drilling exploration wells in the Arctic Ocean from next year, in a move swiftly slammed by conservationists as “inexcusable.” The US Interior Department has opened the doors to Shell’s proposal for four shallow water exploration wells in Alaska?s…

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