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BP agrees to settle claims from 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

New Orleans - Oil giant BP Plc has agreed to pay nearly $19 billion in penalties to U.S. and state agencies to resolve claims still outstanding from a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 and ravaged the southern U.S. coastline.

Millions of gallons of BP oil found on ocean's floor

While Gulf Coast residents are feeling pretty good about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, thinking it's now less harmful than originally thought, scientists have found almost 10 million gallons of BP's oil, sitting on the bottom of the Gulf.

Judge tells BP lawyers, 'This is not a college term paper'

Though a federal judge found British Petroleum not only negligent, but reckless in the operation of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion earlier this month, the oil giant's legal team is still having a hard time playing by the rules.

U.S. federal court rejects BP efforts to end oil spill pay-outs

A federal court in the U.S. has rejected BP requests to halt payments over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil company said many claims filed were fictitious.

Fishermen 'catch' $2.5 million worth of cocaine off Florida coast

Destin - A group of fishermen working a couple of miles off of a Florida coastline recently snagged a large amount of cocaine. Officials estimate the catch is worth about $2.5 million.

Three major oil spills in just one week

Last Friday, Shell Pipeline shut down their West Columbia Texas pipeline after it was found that 700 barrels had been lost, which amounts to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil. A train derailed in Canada, and then there was that Mayflower, AR incident.

400-year-old treasure found at shipwreck site in Gulf of Mexico

Tampa - A 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has been recovered. The Spanish vessel was on its way back east when it succumbed to a hurricane.

Oil spills are often bigger than reported

New research suggests that many ocean oil spills, classed as 'minor', are actually bigger than official reports indicate.

Filipino worker killed, 9 more injured in Gulf oil platform fire

A Filipino worker at the oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico located about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, has been found dead Saturday, according to the US Coast Guard.

Oil rig explosion and fire in Gulf of Mexico (updated)

Reports have surfaced that an explosion has occurred at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Two people have died from the fire, eleven are injured and two are currently missing.

Wildlife, Gulf Coast area once again at risk due to BP oil leak

BP is once again making headlines in the Gulf of Mexico, this time due to oil seeping from the abandoned containment dome used to help stop the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

BP exhibited 'willful misconduct' claims Dept. of Justice

New Orleans - The US Department of Justice filed a brief in United States District Court in New Orleans claiming BP showed "gross negligence", "willful misconduct" and exhibited a "culture of corporate recklessness" in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf region under major pressure Special

Fishing gear entanglements, harassment, strandings and feedings are costing Gulf region dolphins their lives. Digital Journal spoke with NOAA Fisheries Service and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, to find out more.

200-year-old shipwreck discovered on Gulf of Mexico floor

A remarkable discovery has been made in the Gulf of Mexico. During a recent expedition, a shipwreck was uncovered at the depths of the Gulf's floor.

Gulf of Mexico coast closed to shrimping

Two years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, shrimp and fish are turning up deformed and with lesions. Shrimping has now been halted.

Oil slick spotted in Gulf of Mexico

A large area of oil sheen has been spotted in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico between two of Shell's oil platforms, Mars and Ursa. The company has begun immediate investigations.

Gulf coral death now 'definitively linked' to BP oil spill

New Orleans - Scientists have performed months of laboratory work and can now confirm that oil from BP's blown-out well is causing the slow death of the deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico.

Chevron and BP hit oil with new deepwater well in Gulf of Mexico

San Ramon - Situated in 6,759 feet of water and drilled to a depth of 31,545 feet, Chevron and BP have announced a new oil discovery in the “prolific” Lower Tertiary Trend, located in the Gulf of Mexico deepwaters 216 miles off the Louisiana coast.

Tropical Storm Lee to bring heavy rains, flooding to Gulf coast

New Orleans - Tropical storm warnings have been issued from Alabama to Lousiana, including the New Orleans area, with heavy flooding expected from Tropical Storm Lee. Lee is predicted to dump up to 20 inches of rain over the region throughout the Labor Day weekend.

Shark jumping over surfer caught on video

New Smyrna Beach - Sharks patrolling the waters off the Florida coast is not an uncommon sight but seeing a shark jump a surfer is a first for an Orlando photographer who was filming an action video of another surfer when he heard a voice exclaim "Dude, did you see that?"

New report calls for end to all new offshore drilling

Tucson - BP's catastrophe last year in the Gulf of Mexico that spilled more than 205 million gallons of oil into the ocean's waters, the result of fundamental dangers not being addressed, has led to a new report calling for an end to all new offshore drilling.

New report on Gulf ecosystem gives mixed review

Washington - A new study on the Gulf of Mexico's coastal wetlands and wildlife a year after BP's Deepwater Horizon debacle suggests some wildlife species are recovering while others are in an imperiled state, with recoveries dependent on decisive action.

Documents reveal BP’s attempt to influence Gulf spill research

Washington - A series of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal BP's attempts to influence work from a $500 million fund it pledged for independent scientific research into effects of last year' s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida, Louisiana residents’ perceptions differ on BP spill

Durham - One year after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, new data reveals Louisiana residents differ from Florida residents in their perceptions of current and long-term effects of the oil spill, despite nearly equal economic compensation.

BP's first annual meeting since Gulf oil spill sparks protests

London - BP are facing the wrath of several angry protesters at its first annual general meeting since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico almost a year ago.

Scientists confirm oil on dead dolphins came from BP oil spill

Biloxi - Scientists have confirmed the discovery of oil on dead dolphins that have been appearing along the US Gulf coast recently, with oil on some of the dead dolphins linked to the BP oil spill, according to a government agency.

‘Endangered species’ status sought for dwarf seahorse

New Orleans - The dwarf seahorse, a one-inch long seahorse facing increased pressures for survival due to last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, was petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection this week by a conservation group.

BP executives could face manslaughter charges

Washington - US prosecutors are assessing whether to pursue manslaughter charges against BP company managers over last year’s Gulf of Mexico fiasco that took the lives of 11 workers and created the largest environmental disaster in the country’s history.

BP blowout forensic exam ends, trapped pipe piece is culprit

New Orleans - A new report shows BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster last year resulted from a trapped piece of drill pipe preventing the blowout preventer’s blind shear rams to close and seal the well properly, creating the greatest environmental disaster in US history.

ExxonMobile gets approval for Gulf's fourth deepwater permit

New Orleans - The fourth deepwater drilling permit allowed by the Obama administration since lifting the ban has been given to oil giant ExxonMobile to begin new well drilling operations in 6,941 feet of water, located approximately 240 miles off Louisiana’s coastlin
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The new Biloxi Bay Bridge, built after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the old one on Hwy 90, this one now finished runs 1.7 miles from Ocean Springs, Mississippi to Biloxi, Mississippi.
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Condos in Biloxi, MS shown after Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the bottom floors beside the same condos in June 2013, repaired and restored.
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Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
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Steve Henne, of Marine Spill Response Corp., heads back to the Premier Explorer after a controlled burn in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
The fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig helped create the disaster from The Examiner.
The fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig helped create the disaster from The Examiner.
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Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
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An oiled pelican along the Gulf coast.
An oiled pelican along the Gulf coast.
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An sunset photograph of the Gulf of Mexico  showing oil rigs in the background and a ship in the for...
An sunset photograph of the Gulf of Mexico, showing oil rigs in the background and a ship in the foreground.
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An oil sheen can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico on September 21  2012
An oil sheen can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico on September 21, 2012
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Oil is seen on the water from the deck of the Joe Griffin at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill containment efforts.
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Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
NASA satellite image acquired May 9  2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
NASA satellite image acquired May 9, 2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
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Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard, working with BP, local residents and other federal agencies, conducted the burn to help prevent the spread of oil following the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.
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DISASTER: Boats equipped with water cannons fight the devastating fire at the Deepwater Horizon dril...
DISASTER: Boats equipped with water cannons fight the devastating fire at the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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Looking west along Biloxi Beach at its current, 2013, emptiness with few buildings since Biloxi was devastated by Hurricane Katrina's storm surge in 2005.