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NEW ORLEANS — After pleading guilty to violating offshore oil production safety and environmental regulations, a district court judge sentenced Energy Resource Technology GOM (ERT) to three years of probation, and ordered the company to pay a $4 million fine and a $200,000 community service payment last week.
Deepwater Horizon oil rigNEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will be allowed to conduct an in-depth investigation into Transocean’s role in the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 opinion on Sept. 18 agreeing that the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has the jurisdiction and authority
NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans high school alumni association and its president are suing the New Orleans Master Plan Oversight Committee (MPOC) and its co-chairs for allegedly attempting to conduct a public meeting improperly, thereby restricting dialogue concerning the re-construction of the Booker T. Washington High School on an alleged toxic waste site.
Mike Carter, owner of Monroe Rubber & Gasket, reviews paperwork in his Louisiana office. Carter's company has settled 82 asbestos cases and still has 28 pending. MONROE - Eighty-two settlements and $2.3 million spent.
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has ruled the Environmental Protection Agency maliciously prosecuted an oil refinery manager in the late 1990s.
Barbier NEW ORLEANS – BP contractors who cleaned up after the Deepwater Horizon explosion can't share the government's immunity from personal injury suits unless they prove they took direction from the government and not from BP, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled on Sept. 30.
Government delays document production in BP litigation; Napolitano lacks email is cited as one reason
Napolitano NEW ORLEANS – Homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano lacks an electronic mail account, the Obama Administration offers as one of many excuses for delays in producing documents about the Deepwater Horizon explosion.