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La. US senator urges drilling permits be issued

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The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu again is urging the Obama administration to issue deepwater drilling permits.

The Louisiana Democrat called on the administration to approve new permits at a Senate Energy Committee meeting Wednesday.

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Report: Gulf oil spill was deadly time for turtles

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By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – More sea turtles were killed or injured in the Gulf of Mexico in the months following the BP oil spill than in any similar period during the past two decades, a report released Wednesday found.

While the report suggested many of the 600 turtles were hurt by the spill, it’s still not clear exactly how many died from ingesting the crude or how many drowned in fishing nets in the scramble to catch shrimp and fish before the oil ruined them. The sea turtles could have also been killed by cold weather or other factors unrelated to the spill.

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Mixed results shown from dispersants in BP spill

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By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dispersants injected deep into the Gulf of Mexico to counter an oil gusher last spring seemed to keep some oil from fouling the water’s surface, but the chemicals lingered underwater and are raising concerns about long-term problems, a new study found.

The first extensive research into what happened to 770,000 gallons (more than 2,000,000 liters) of dispersants used a mile deep near the broken BP well found a mixed bag of results. The new research appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology and focused on the fate of the controversial chemicals rather than their toxicity.

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“Gulf Safe” seafood campaign continues

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By Steve Phillips – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The DMR is counting on its Gulf Safe Seafood campaign to convince everyone that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is the best you can buy.

That ongoing outreach was launched in the wake of the BP oil spill to address a growing misconception that Mississippi seafood was contaminated by the oil.

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Potential scams top 7,000 in BP spill compensation

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By BRIAN SKOLOFF and HARRY R. WEBER
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The $20 billion fund responsible for compensating victims of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill has received more than 7,000 potentially fraudulent claims, many of which have been referred to the Justice Department for criminal investigations, the fund’s administrator told a Senate panel on Thursday.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, said of more than 481,000 claims filed, 7,575 are considered potentially fraudulent. The Justice Department has already indicted eight claimants.

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Miss. still seeing tar balls from Gulf oil spill

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS – Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is still seeing some lingering, visible effects from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality told lawmakers Monday.

“We have isolated and sporadic tar balls still coming on the Mississippi shoreline,” Trudy Fisher told members of the House Conservation and Water Resources during a briefing at the Capitol.

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AG wants Feinberg reined in

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By ANITA LEE – calee@sunherald.com

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood wants a federal judge to establish oversight of attorney Ken Feinberg’s Gulf Coast Claims Facility payments to businesses and individuals for BP catastrophe losses.

Hood also wants U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to determine whether Feinberg is asking that claimants sign overly broad releases waiving legal rights when they accept final claim payments. In an interview Tuesday, Hood urged claimants to continue filing for interim payments from GCCF, which requires no release of legal rights, rather than waiving their rights by accepting final payments.

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Panel balks at opening public oyster grounds

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Members of Louisiana’s Oyster Task Force still aren’t ready to open more public oyster grounds to harvest, despite depleted supplies that followed the BP oil spill.

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Man pleads guilty to fraud related to oil spill

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JACKSON, MS (AP) – Federal authorities say a Jackson man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud related to a scheme to collect $90,000 in claims related to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process

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HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) –  Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed a motion asking the federal judge handling the BP multi-district litigation to take control of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process.

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