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15 December 2011

Safety seemed to be an afterthought before the BP oil spill [USA]

Author: Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times

The petroleum industry and federal regulators focused more on exploration and production than safety in the years leading up to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, helping to set the stage for the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history,...

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29 December 2011

BP staff may face US criminal charges over Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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3 January 2012

BP sues Halliburton for Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean-up costs [USA]

Author: Dominic Rushe, Guardian [UK]

BP has handed the bill for clearing up the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to Halliburton, the US contractor it claims botched the cement work on the failed rig. The oil group has filed a suit in New Orleans seeking "the amount of costs and...

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3 January 2012

Crucial year for BP in gulf spill legal fight [USA]

Author: Jeremy Lemer & Ed Crooks, Financial Times

For BP, 2012 will be a crucial year as the UK oil major defends itself against a barrage of civil lawsuits and the looming threat of criminal charges relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 people died…The company...

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20 January 2012

BP, Anadarko Should Be Held Liable Before Trial, U.S. Says [USA]

Author: Margaret Cronin Fisk, Allen Johnson Jr., Bloomberg

BP...Transocean...and Anadarko...should be found liable before trial for violations of federal pollution laws stemming from the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lawyers for the U.S. argued...The Justice Department is asking U.S. District Judge Carl...

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20 January 2012

Judge denies BP request to penalize Halliburton [USA]

Author: Associated Press

A federal judge shot down BP's request to penalize Halliburton for allegedly destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well that blew out last year and caused the nation's worst offshore oil...

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27 January 2012

BP blow in legal fight over gulf spill [USA]

Author: Ed Crooks, Financial Times

BP has suffered a setback in its attempt to make Transocean, the drilling contractor, pay for the full costs of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Judge Carl Barbier...ruled...that BP should have to pay damages for losses...

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27 January 2012

Exclusive: Chevron to face charges over Brazil spill

Author: Jeb Blount, Joshua Schneyer, Reuters

A Brazilian prosecutor plans to file criminal charges against Chevron...and some of its local managers within weeks, adding the threat of prison sentences to an $11 billion civil lawsuit as punishment for a November offshore oil spill…[It] will likely...

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8 February 2012

Global Witness report highlights need for increased transparency to prevent Africa's natural resources from fuelling instability

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8 February 2012

[PDF] Rigged? The scramble for Africa's oil, gas and minerals

Author: Global Witness

The intensifying competition for commercial access to the world’s remaining deposits of oil, gas and minerals brings with it a serious risk of exacerbating corruption and violent conflict. Such corruption can prop up autocratic governments that keep...

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