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Clean Water Act trial beginning for ex-BP rig supervisor

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. (Image: Petty Officer 2nd class Justin Stumberg via Wikipedia)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP rig supervisor was scheduled for trial Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge connected to pollution from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Kaluza once faced much more serious charges: manslaughter counts connected to the deaths of 11 workers who died when the rig exploded. But ...

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Montana Resources applauds injunction blocking clean-water rule in Montana, 12 other states

A rule intended to clarify clean water protections in the United States just got murkier. Implementation of the new Clean Water Act rule was blocked in Montana and 12 other states when North Dakota Chief District Judge Ralph Erickson granted a preliminary injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers late Thursday. The injunction only affects ...

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EPA: Oil terminal plan doesn’t pass muster

A plan to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver does not comply with the federal Clean Water Act, and should not be granted a key permit until its impacts are fully addressed, according to a letter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. The Corps is considering whether to grant ...

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AG signs letter asking EPA to delay implementing water rule

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined counterparts and other officials in 30 other states in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the implementation of a new federal water rule. Stenehjem on Wednesday said he signed a letter that was sent to the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In June, several states led ...

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BP settles U.S. 2010 oil spill claims for $18.7 billion

BP <BP.L> said it has reached an $18.7 billion (12 billion pounds) settlement of damages claims from the U.S. government and five states after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The U.S. Justice Department said it could be the largest settlement with a single entity in American history and the total value would top $18.7 billion. The April 20, 2010 ...

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13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water

BISMARCK, N.D. — More than a dozen states are challenging a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) says the “Waters of the U.S.” rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers is “unnecessary” and “unlawful.” He says it does nothing to increase water ...

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Preparation begins for trial of top BP exec in 2010 Gulf disaster

While BP awaits the final decision regarding how much it will pay in fines under the Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, litigation continues against one of the company’s chief U.S. executives. The jury selection process has begun in New Orleans for the trial against David Rainey, the company’s former vice ...

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Here’s what the finalized Clean Water Rule says and why it’s causing controversy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Wednesday that they have finalized the Clean Water Rule, and it’s already causing an uproar in the industrial sector. In a press release, the EPA stresses that the new rule is specifically meant “to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form ...

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Judge rejects request to delay in oil spill penalties

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is refusing to delay a pending ruling on how much BP will have to pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The request was made Monday by Texas lawyer Brent Coon, who represents plaintiffs with various claims against BP resulting from the spill. Coon had asked for ...

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