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On his native turf, Pope Frances touches on cherished issues 5.7.2015 AP Top News
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home....
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Why you should be concerned about oil exploration in the Arctic 4.7.2015 Hindustan Times: World
Arctic may be relatively isolated from human civilisation and often seen only in picturesque images involving Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and furry polar bears, but drilling in the white expanse can have its consequences.
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Weld County oil and gas liaison brings parties together 4.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
GREELEY — Troy Swain knows that some people don't welcome all those oil and gas rigs in Weld County, but his job is to answer their ...
Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny 4.7.2015 AP Top News
AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) -- In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby....
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People power has shut the doors on fracking in the UK 3.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Relentless local protests and a damning report have dealt a double blow to a fledgling fracking industry, but the companies aren’t going to go away Attempts to create a commercially viable fracking industry in the UK were dealt fresh blows this week, with the refusal of planning permission for a key site, and the revelation of an unpublished government report showing fracking could cause falls to people’s house values. The setbacks, cheered by jubilant anti-fracking campaigners, highlight the struggles that fracking backers still face in the UK, where for several years the pioneering Cuadrilla has been trying to drill gas wells, now joined by several other companies with similar ...
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Shell to start Arctic oil drilling 3.7.2015 BBC: Business
Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks.
A milestone for the environment in the Deepwater Horizon disaster 3.7.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
THE SAGA of what some have called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history passed a milestone on Thursday. BP, the company in charge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded a mile above the Gulf of Mexico seafloor five years ago, announced that it has reached a comprehensive agreement with the federal government, as well as the states and the municipalities that were affected by the 3 million barrels of oil that gushed into the water. Read full article ...
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BP to Pay Out $18.7 Billion To Settle Spill 3.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: Page One
BP to Pay Out $18.7 Billion To Settle Spill

BP has agreed to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle all federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, five years after the accident.

BP PLC agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including the biggest pollution penalty in U.S. history.

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BP to pay $18bn for Deepwater oil spill 3.7.2015 Telegraph: International
The federal government and the Gulf Coast states have reached a tentative deal with the British oil company BP for it to pay about $18.7 billion, the largest environmental settlement in American history, to compensate for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal, state and company officials said today.
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BP to pay $18.7 billion to settle Gulf Coast oil spill claims 2.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The agreement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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BP Set To Pay Largest Environmental Fine in US History for Gulf Oil Spill 2.7.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. BP has agreed to pay a record environmental fine of $18.7 billion to settle legal actions brought by the US and several states over the fatal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The US justice department, along with the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida, all sued BP for damages not covered by the company's earlier settlements with businesses and individuals harmed by the worst offshore spill in US history. The settlement ends all litigation between BP, the states and the US government and allows the company to pay over 18 years. BP's share price rose on the news. Last September, judge Carl Barbier, who has overseen the tortuous legal case resulting from the disaster, ruled BP had been "grossly negligent" in its handling of the well. The decision opened up BP to the highest possible fines. The company will pay $7.1bn in "natural resource damage assessment," and the ...
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BP set to pay largest environmental fine in US history for Gulf oil spill 2.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
  • BP will pay $18.7bn after the justice department and four states sued
  • Money will be divided among states and earmarked for cleanup projects

BP has agreed to pay a record environmental fine of $18.7bn to settle legal actions brought by the US and several states over the fatal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The US justice department, along with the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida, all sued BP for damages not covered by the company’s earlier settlements with businesses and individuals harmed by the worst offshore spill in US history.

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BP to pay £12bn for Gulf oil spill 2.7.2015 BBC: Business
BP has reached an $18.7bn (£12bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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BP reaches $18.7-billion agreement to settle Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
BP has reached an $18.7-billion settlement with federal, state and local governments that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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State issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules 2.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
State officials on Wednesday formally adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing in California, setting in motion some of the toughest guidelines in the nation for the controversial oil extraction practice. The oil and gas agency also released its environmental impact report that concluded...
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Recycled oil field wastewater is clean, Chevron test results show 2.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Results of the most recent testing of recycled oil field wastewater that Chevron sells to Kern County farmers for irrigation showed no traces of methylene chloride, an industrial solvent that had appeared in previous testing conducted by a clean water advocacy group.
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Treatment of Greece and the future of the European project | Letters 2.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Rafael Behr is right that Greece’s tragedy does not invalidate the case for the EU ( The EU is not a conspiracy against democracy , 1 July). But he is too kind to Europe’s leaders, who display precious little humility or respect for national feeling. As well as demanding payments that Greece cannot possibly make and seeking remedies that will further weaken its economy, they are causing huge suffering to many of their fellow Europeans. Their behaviour is not only stupid, it is also immoral. So there is a morality tale here, and you do not have to be either a Ukip supporter or a member of the “hard left” to feel distaste for the bullying, supercilious approach of Jean-Claude Juncker et al. The yes campaign in Britain’s EU referendum may well achieve a reluctant acceptance that staying in is better than getting out. But after the EU’s desperate mishandling of the Greek crisis, it is very hard to feel much enthusiasm for what used to be called the European project. Shaun ...
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Helium finding adds new wrinkle to Newport-Inglewood fault 1.7.2015 LA Times: Science
When Jim Boles went to the Santa Fe Springs oil field three years ago to study helium samples, he wasn't thinking about earthquakes. As a researcher in petroleum geology and geochemistry, Boles was studying why the temperatures were so hot underground.
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Football transfer rumours: Manchester City to swoop for Kevin De Bruyne? 1.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Today’s tittle tattle is lacking in fibre Transfer constipation seems to be afflicting Manchester, with both United and City struggling to force things through. Nothing to get alarmed about just yet of course and, hey, at least they have some top-quality reading material with them, isn’t that right Mill readers? Oh. Well anyway, United’s negotiations with Real Madrid over Sergio Ramos and David de Gea have hit a logjam, with Real not prepared to smooth the defender’s passage to Old Trafford and United scrunching up their faces and clinging on to the goalkeeper for all he’s worth. City, meanwhile, continue to woo Paul Pogba but, despite the prospect of the entire output of an Abu Dhabi oil well being pumped directly into his piggy bank, the Frenchman is waiting for the outcome of Barcelona’s presidential elections before deciding where to go. At the same time, Wolfsburg are waving their fists at City and telling them where to go if they think they can make off with Kevin De Bruyne. The German club are ...
Church of England divests from Soco oil firm over Virunga operations 1.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
CoE sells £1.6m stake, citing ethical concerns over UK firm’s controversial plans to drill in the Congo national park that’s a last stronghold for endangered mountain gorillas The Church of England (CoE) has sold its stake in a British oil and gas company over allegations of bribery, corruption and human rights abuses and what it said was the company’s failure to unequivocally rule out drilling for oil in Africa’s oldest national park. London-listed Soco International has been criticised in the past two years by conservationists including WWF and Sir David Attenborough for its attempt to drill in Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is a world heritage site and home to around half the world’s mountain ...
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