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Court Upholds Big Oozy Settlement
A federal appeals court wasn't moved by the BP media blitz. On Friday, a 5th Circuit panel ruled that the the oil giant's settlement agreement with individuals and Gulf Coast businesses in the wake of the Big Oozy should stand. BP appealed the agreement, saying that they were having to fork over money that had nothing to do with losses from the oil disaster.
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13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year
On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:
BP Oil Found in Million-Pound Tarmat
Updated 12/19, 2 p.m.
Tropical Storm Karen exposed a two-ton tar mat containing BP oil near Fourchon Beach, but U.S. Coast Guard crews had to go looking for the mother lode. Upon further investigation, the crews found an even larger tar mat in November. So far, crews have recovered 1.5 million pounds - or 750 tons - of product from the area, according to Petty Officer Michael Anderson, a Coast Guard spokesman.
BP Sues Lawyer Over 'Phantom' Deckhands
BP has taken its campaign against paying Big Oozy settlement claims to the airwaves and Emeril. Now, the oil giant is going straight for the lawyers. The British company sued Mikal Watts Tuesday, aruging that the Texas attorney handled claims for 40,000 deckhands that did not exist.
BP-Funded Coastal Plan Big on Restoring Barrier Islands
The group of federal and state officials overseeing post-Big Oozy coastal projects issued a plan Friday to spend about $627 million on coastal restoration projects. More than half of that money, which was committed from BP's coffers following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, would be spent on restoration of barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana, according to federal documents.
BP Engineer on Trial for Deleting Texts
On Monday morning, Kurt Mix became the first person to go on trial for the Big Oozy. Those who may not remember Mix's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster drama are excused, as he remained largely offscreen in his role as a lowly drilling engineer. But the feds accuse Mix of deleting text messages and voicemails that would have been important to their investigation of the oil disaster.
BP Brings 2 New Rigs into Gulf in Midst of Big Oozy Battle
Three years removed from the Big Oozy, BP and the feds are still sifting through the oil disaster in court. But out in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant is continuing to expand. On Tuesday, the company announced that it introduced two new drilling rigs to Gulf waters, bringing its offshore fleet up to nine rigs.
BP Creates Website on 'State of the Gulf'
BP was back in court Monday to argue that they shouldn't have to pay some Big Oozy claims. Keeping with their mode of operation, a media blitz is accompanying the legal maneuvering. This time, the oil giant is publishing its own news with a new website at TheStateofTheGulf.com.
BP Oil in 2-Ton Tar Mat Buried, Then Exposed by Tropical Storms, Coast Guard Says
A tar mat that was exposed on Fourchon Beach in the wake of Tropical Storm Karen gained a ton this week, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The large area of oil, sand and water is now estimated at 4,167 pounds, or two tons. That's up from the one-ton size that was reported earlier this week. The exact size of the area won't be known until cleanup begins next week, Gulf Coast Incident Management Team spokesman, Petty Officer Michael Anderson said.
Court Orders Pause in BP's Big Oozy Payouts
After many motions and many more TV commercials, BP found some sympathetic judges on Thursday. Two out of three judges on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found merit to the oil company's argument that too many claims might be going to people who were unaffected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. As a result, the judges told the U.S. District Court to do some quick sewing to button up the potentially fraudulent claims.
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