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Midday Market Minute: BP, Gulf Coast Oil Spillers Face Day in Court

Nearly three years after a deepwater well rupture killed 11 men, sank a rig and spewed 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP and the other companies involved are scheduled to face their judge in court. The trial is set to start Monday in New Orleans before a federal judge, but a settlement is possible.

AG Holder: $4.5 Billion Settlement Not the End of BP Oil Spill Probe

Two men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster have been charged with manslaughter, hours after BP announced it was paying $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government over the disaster. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the criminal investigation is continuing.

BP May Face $21 Billion in Fines Over 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The Justice Department is charging BP with gross negligence for its reckless actions related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. If the charges stick, BP could face fines up to $21 billion. Can the company survive such a financial and PR nightmare?

Why BP Will Never Be Great Again

BP has big problems, and not just because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the $20 billion compensation fund it set up to pay the victims. The petro-giant has been missing Wall Street's profit targets lately, thanks to sloppy operations and a general trend toward lower gasoline consumption.

BP Oil Spill Panel Calls for Reforms, Stronger Oversight

Oil industry practices and government rules must be subjected to substantial reform to prevent future accidents similar to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last April, said a report released Tuesday by the presidential panel probing the incident.

BP Station Owners: Surviving a Debacle and Rebounding

During the height of the bad publicity from the BP oil spill, there was much speculation about whether independent gas station owners would ditch the beleaguered oil company's brand. By and large, though, that didn't happen, and in the months since the disaster, business at many BP stations has rebounded.

Obama Temporarily Bans Some New Offshore Drilling

The Obama administration will temporarily ban the sale of new offshore oil drilling leases in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic coast, Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday, a policy change made in response to lessons learned from BP's horrific Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Oil Spill Investigator Says No Corners Cut

The lead investigator for the presidential panel's investigation of April's Deepwater Horizon oil-spill disaster that killed 11 workers refuted previous reports that the rig's majority owner BP Plc and contractor Halliburton Co. compromised safety by cutting corners during the rig's construction, the New York Times reported.

White House Kept a Lid on Oil Spill's Worst-Case Scenario

The White House blocked government scientists' efforts to disclose the worst-case environmental scenario related to the April 20 explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, citing a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to examine the spill.

Gulf Oil Spill Fund to Speed Up Payments to Victims

The $20 billion fund established to compensate victims of BP's Gulf oil spill has been criticized for processing claims too slowly. Kenneth Feinberg responded to those accusations Saturday, and said was implementing changes to make payments more quickly, and more generous.

Rig Fire Shows Gulf Oil Spill's Lessons Are Being Ignored

No one died in the second major Gulf of Mexico oil rig mishap this year, and the fire aboard the Mariner Energy platform didn't lead to a spill. But that doesn't make it a win for America: More like a wake-up call that safety is still being given short shrift by the oil industry.

Why the Latest Oil-Rig Fire Is No BP Oil Spill Repeat

The news of a fire on a Mariner Energy-owned oil-rig platform in the Gulf drew instant comparisons with the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in April and caused the huge BP oil spill. But stark differences exist between the two incidents.

BP Investigation Says Engineers Misread Deepwater Horizon Data

BP%u2019s (BP) investigation into the Deepwater Horizon rig oil disaster accepts that the company is at least partly responsible for the disaster, with employees misinterpreting data that suggested a blowout was imminent, Bloomberg News said. BP managers on the rig misinterpreted a test of Macondo well%u2019s stability, Bloomberg News said. Workers then began replacing drilling fluid in the well with seawater, which led to natural gas shooting up the pipe to the rig, where it exploded.

Minerals Management Service: Revenue Over Regulation

After the BP disaster, the Minerals Management Service is under fire, and a presidential commission will hold a hearing. A report reveals how the MMS became partner with the industry it regulates, often putting revenue ahead of safety.