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January 3, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- Transocean, the offshore oil and gas drilling company, has agreed to a $1.4-billion settlement with the Justice Department to resolve civil and criminal claims against the company for its role in the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Transocean was the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig leased by BP that exploded and sank after the Macondo well blew out in the Gulf, killing 11 workers and spewing nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the sea. In a statement, Transocean said that as part of the settlement, a "subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA)
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November 28, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
BP, which has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges in connection with the nation's worst offshore oil spill, was suspended from new government contracts on Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced. In suspending the company, the federal agency said BP had displayed a "lack of business integrity” in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. More than 200 million gallons of oil flowed into the gulf after an explosion and fire destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010.
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November 17, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Divers inspecting a Black Elk Energy oil platform that burst into flames in the Gulf of Mexico recovered a body from the water under the platform Saturday night, Coast Guard officials said. Black Elk officials were not immediately available to confirm whether the body was that of one of two missing workers not seen since Friday's explosion. The body was discovered hours after the Coast Guard had called off its search, which covered 1,400 square miles. The platform, located off the Louisiana shore about 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle, was rocked Friday by an explosion and fire as workers cut through a pipe.
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November 17, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Two workers on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico were still missing Saturday, following an explosion on the site a day earlier that injured nine other people. The U.S. Coast Guard was searching a 1,400-square-mile area of ocean Saturday around a Black Elk Energy rig that burst into flames Friday when oil caught fire as workers cut through a pipe. The platform is off the Louisiana shore, about 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle. The rig had been shut down since mid-August, company officials said, leaving authorities little concern about an oil spill.
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November 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Richard Simon
An oil platform exploded off of the coast of Louisiana, injuring at least four people, the Coast Guard said Friday. Officials were searching for at least two people who were believed to be missing. The explosion took place about 9 a.m. local time, sparking a fire on the platform that has since been extinguished, a Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Bobby Nash, said in an  interview with the Los Angeles Times. At least four people were evacuated from the platform, about 25 miles off the coast of Louisiana near Grand Isle, and taken to a hospital.
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November 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- BP has accepted criminal responsibility for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a move that it said has put the criminal part of one of the nation's worst environmental disasters in the rear-view mirror. Even if that is true, and the government has insisted that its criminal probe is ongoing, BP's troubles are far from over. On the horizon is a civil case that could cost the company billions of dollars more, as well as continuing concerns by lawmakers about how to safeguard the nation's environment and regulate a key industry.
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November 15, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - As a dramatic, 24-7 webcast showed oil gushing from BP's blown-out well during the spring and summer of 2010, Rep. Edward J. Markey suspected the oil giant was underestimating the amount of the spill. On Thursday, after BP agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties and fees and plead guilty to criminal misconduct, including lying to Congress to make the spill "appear less catastrophic than it was," the Massachusetts Democrat had this to say: "BP lied to me. And they lied to all Americans.
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November 15, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Laying the blame for the deaths of 11 oil rig workers in the Deepwater Horizon explosion and Gulf of Mexico spill on BP, federal prosecutors announced Thursday that two BP supervisors had been charged with manslaughter and the company would pay a $4-billion criminal fine, the largest in U.S. history. "Those deaths were in fact unnecessary," Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said in New Orleans, adding that the federal investigation continued into the 2010 disaster and the nation's biggest offshore oil spill.
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November 15, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Ronald D. White
Oil giant BP and three of its employees were indicted on criminal charges including manslaughter and obstruction of Congress on top of a record $4-billion fine that the company will pay the government for its role in the oil spill disaster that scarred the Gulf of Mexico, officials announced Thursday. Led by Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., officials announced the indictments in a televised news conference from New Orleans, where the grand jury has been investigating the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast.
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