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Refugio oil spill shows companies haven’t learned lesson after 46 years

Friday, 17 July 2015 18:24 Written by
Workers clean up the Refugio oil spill. Why does our collective memory seem so short? The gorgeous coast where we live and work was despoiled by a massive oil spill 46 years ago and we vowed never to let it happen again. That was in 1969, when a Union Oil Co. platform six miles off
Lafayette to tap law firm to handle BP claim negotiation
Friday, 17 July 2015 17:27 Written by
Lafayette City-Parish Government is reaching out to a New Orleans law firm to help navigate a possible settlement payment from BP in the massive class-action lawsuit for losses linked to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP agreed to a tentative settlement earlier this month to pay the federal government, Louisiana and four other states a total $18.7 billion. Louisiana is set to receive $6.8 billion, and local governments across the Gulf Coast are
Ian Somerhalder Lends Support to California's Mammal and Bird Rescue Efforts
Friday, 17 July 2015 17:23 Written by
Both the International Bird Rescue and Marine Mammal Center recently received celebrity credibility and acknowledgement for their ongoing commitment to rescuing and rehabilitating California's injured wildlife. Both organizations have been working endlessly for several decades, primarily with the support of a dedicated group of volunteers from the region, who put in long hours that make their passion for nature and wildlife that much more important. Most of these birds and
St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island reject BP oil spill settlement proposals
Friday, 17 July 2015 16:02 Written by
The cities of St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island rejected proposed settlements on Friday that would have ended their respective lawsuits against BP and other defendants for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Related News/ArchiveU.S. Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to gulf oil spill settlement7 Months AgoPasco commission agrees to BP oil spill settlement2 Days AgoTiny, landlocked Florida City gets $1 million BP oil spill settlement3 Days Ago Commissioners in each city voted
Lake Charles woman pleads guilty to BP oil spill fraud
Friday, 17 July 2015 16:02 Written by
A Lake Charles woman pleaded guilty Thursday to mail fraud for a scheme using a seafood restaurant's employee records to file false Deepwater Horizon settlement claims. According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's office, Yvette Kocik, 43, approached current and former employees of Steamboat Bill's seafood restaurant in Lake Charles and asked them to use their employee documents so she could file claims on their behalf after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Woman pleads guilty to mail fraud linked to BP oil spill
Friday, 17 July 2015 15:44 Written by
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- A Lake Charles woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for a scheme to file false settlement claims involving the BP oil spill. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 43-year-old Yvette Kocik pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi. According to the plea, Kocik approached current and former employees of Steamboat Bill's seafood restaurant asking them to use their employee documents so she could file claims
Mobile, Baldwin delegation working on 'compromise' to recoup potentially half of General Fund-bound $1B in BP settlement
Friday, 17 July 2015 14:30 Written by
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne has not been shy about his displeasure with coastal Alabama's direct cut of expected BP oil spill settlement funds, and at least one member of the area's local legislative delegation contends talks are ongoing to increase Mobile and Baldwin counties' share. State Rep. Margie Wilcox, R-Mobile, told a capacity crowd at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's Forum Alabama breakfast Friday the local delegation is "trying to reach a compromise" with
District gets $1.5 million from oil spill
Friday, 17 July 2015 14:10 Written by
The Polk County School Board may be thinking about how to spend the $1.5 million in reparation money they will get from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill 10 yeas ago, but they can’t talk about it yet. In fact, there’s no telling when they will be able to because everyone involved in the lawsuit against the oil company and their subsidiaries is under a stringent gag order, said Polk schools attorney Wes Bridges Tuesday. Bridges
New Bill Seeks To Ban Oil And Gas Drilling In The Arctic
Friday, 17 July 2015 11:33 Written by
Share0 Tweet0 Comment A new bill to ban oil and gas drilling in the Arctic recognizes that continued oil development will exacerbate human-caused climate change and points out that a potential spill would be devastating to the fragile Arctic environment. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on Thursday introduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015, which prohibits any new or renewed
Pipeline Spill In The Heart Of Canada’s Tar Sands Industry Leaks 1.3 Million Gallons Of Oily Emulsion
Friday, 17 July 2015 11:21 Written by
Climate by Ari PhillipsJul 17, 2015 10:24am CREDIT: Shutterstock Share1,277 Tweet253 Comment An pipeline spill in Alberta, Canada has leaked some 1,320,000 gallons, or 31,000 barrels, of emulsion — a mixture of bitumen, produced water, and sand — south of Fort McMurray, a hub for Canada’s tar sands mining and refining industry. The

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