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Report alleges misconduct in BP case

June 20, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

NEW ORLEANS A lawyer working for the court-appointed administrator to review claims as part of the multibillion-dollar settlement over BP’s Gulf oil spill has been accused of receiving payments from a law firm representing a claimant, allegations that were discussed in a closed-door meeting Thursday with a federal judge overseeing the case, a BP official with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Continue Reading

Wyoming officials: oil and gas companies violated air rules

March 8, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Wyoming’s environmental regulator has hit a handful of oil and gas operators with citations for air pollution, including one company previously singled out by some for its gas flaring practices. Continue Reading

Judge OKs BP’s $4B oil spill criminal settlement

January 29, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

NEW ORLEANS A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company’s role in the 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue Reading

BP barred from new US gov’t contracts, land leases

November 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Obama administration put a stop to new federal contracts with BP on Wednesday, admonishing the British oil company for a “lack of business integrity” and also disqualifying it indefinitely from winning new leases to drill on taxpayer-owned lands. Continue Reading

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BP Agrees to Pay $4.5 Billion; 3 Employees Charged

November 15, 2012 in WDAZ

A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion in a settlement with the government over the deadly 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue Reading

Isaac washes BP spill oil ashore in Gulf

September 6, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

NEW ORLEANS Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill. Continue Reading

Board: BP missed the big hazard issues in Gulf spill

July 24, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

HOUSTON (AP) BP and the drilling contractor that operated the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon were so focused on worker safety they didn’t do enough to prevent major hazards, such as the 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people, federal investigators said Tuesday. Continue Reading

BP oil spill effects on Minnesota loons under study

May 24, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. Many would argue that the spring return of the common loon is one of the best parts of living in the lakes area. Continue Reading

BP oil spill settlement may help company restore faith with federal government

March 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement deal with people and businesses harmed by its 2010 oil spill removes some uncertainty about the potential financial damages it faces. It also may help the company restore its all-important relationship with the federal government. Continue Reading

BP expects to pay $7.8 billion in Gulf spill suit deal

March 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

BP’s settlement of lawsuits filed by more than 100,000 victims of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history goes a long way toward resolving pending claims. But the question remains, will Americans who live along the Gulf of Mexico go for it? BP expects to pay out $7.8 billion and anticipates that a separate claims fund run by Ken Feinberg will cease at some point. New vehicles will be set up and supervised by the court to pay claims as part of Friday’s settlement. Continue Reading