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Judge Orders Oil Company to Pay $22.9 Million for Understating Royalties

An oil company was ordered to pay $22.9 million for understating the amount of royalty it owed the federal governments for oil pumped from offshore oil leases. A federal judge ruled that Kerr-McGee Corp. understated the value of the oil and natural gas produced from the leases, allowing it to pay fewer royalties than the government was entitled to, The Wall Street Journal said.

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.