NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a court fight over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing leak of oil from a site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 (all times local):
Environmental attorneys and an energy company have agreed to work out differences over the confidentiality of documents concerning an ongoing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico from an offshore site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Environmental groups and Taylor Energy agreed during a Thursday federal court hearing to negotiate supplemental language for a 2015 settlement agreement over how and when to release information on Taylor’s response to the leak.
At issue are volumes of documents that Taylor Energy says include confidential information about oil spill containment technology developed for the company.
A 2015 Associated Press investigation revealed evidence that the leak was worse than the company or the federal government had earlier reported.
Government experts believe oil is still leaking at the site. Taylor has said persistent sheens are coming from residual oil oozing from seafloor sediment.
Environmental attorneys and an energy company are going to court over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing oil leak from an offshore site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
The Louisiana Environmental Action Network and others say Taylor Energy is violating a 2015 settlement agreement by fighting the release of certain documents about the leak. Environmentalists sought the documents’ release under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Taylor Energy argues that the documents include confidential information about oil spill containment technology in oil leak containment developed for Taylor.
Arguments are set Thursday in federal court.
The documents deal with Taylor Energy’s response to the still-leaking site. A 2015 Associated Press investigation revealed evidence that the leak is worse than the company or the federal government had earlier reported.
This story has been corrected on state lines to show Thursday as the hearing date, not Wednesday.
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