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7 September 2012

Petrobras faces charges over sea pollution [Brazil]

Author: Samantha Pearson, Financial Times

Petrobras, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, is set to face criminal charges as early as next week for allegedly polluting the waters off the coast of Rio de Janeiro as the country’s authorities take a tougher stance toward the industry. Renato...

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4 September 2012

UPDATE 1-US lays out examples of 'gross negligence' by BP

Author: David Ingram, Reuters

The U.S. Justice Department is ramping up its rhetoric against BP...for the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, describing in new court papers examples of what it calls "gross negligence and willful misconduct." The court filing is the...

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1 August 2012

Brazil Court Orders Chevron, Transocean To Halt Operations

Author: Peter Millard, Bloomberg

A Brazilian court ordered Chevron...and Transocean...to halt operations in 30 days while investigations of two oil spills are conducted. Each company will have to pay...$243 million...for each day it fails to comply with the order, the court said...The...

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24 July 2012

BP, Transocean faulted for lax guidelines in Gulf spill report [USA]

Author: Chris Baltimore, Reuters

BP...and Transocean...lacked clear guidelines for key tests to ensure that the ill-fated Macondo well was safely sealed before it ruptured and triggered the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, U.S. safety investigators said. The preliminary report from...

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3 May 2012

BP Trial Will Be in January, Louisiana AG Caldwell Says [USA]

Author: Allen Johnson Jr., Margaret Cronin, Bloomberg

The first trial over the BP...oil spill will be scheduled for Jan. 14, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said. The initial trial date, set for March this year, was postponed when BP and lawyers for private parties reached a $7.8 billion partial...

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3 May 2012

Court approves $7.8bn BP spill settlement [USA]

Author: Ed Crooks, Financial Times

BP has received preliminary approval from a court in New Orleans for its estimated $7.8bn settlement with private sector plaintiffs over damages arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Judge Carl Barbier...ruled that the...

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18 April 2012

BP proposes Gulf spill accord terms, trial delay [USA]

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

BP...reached settlements to resolve billions of dollars of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and asked a U.S. judge for a long delay in any trial over remaining disputes stemming from the disaster...The...company expects...to pay $7.8...

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17 April 2012

BP, Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Get Deadline Extended for Spill Accord [USA]

Author: Margaret Cronin Fisk, Jef Feeley, Bloomberg

BP...and lawyers suing the company over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill were given two extra days to submit a proposed settlement agreement to the federal judge overseeing the litigation. Attorneys for both sides were due to file the accord yesterday...

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11 April 2012

Brazil Judge Blocks Injunction Against Chevron

Author: Pierre Bertrand, Intl. Business Times

A judge in Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil blocked a request that Chevron...and Transocean's...operations in that country be halted following two offshore oil spills...Chevron and Transocean are facing two civil lawsuits in Brazil and upwards of $22...

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3 April 2012

Chevron, Transocean face second $11 billion Brazil lawsuit

Author: Jeb Blount, Reuters

A Brazilian federal prosecutor...launched his second 20 billion real ($10.9 billion) lawsuit against U.S. oil company Chevron...and driller Transocean...doubling the stakes against the companies as critics call him as overzealous. The new lawsuit...is...

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