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More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on Louisiana beaches

Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans), Dec 18, 2013

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was just a month old and BP’s crude oil was still gushing from the Gulf floor when state officials began to grasp the true scope of the insult to Louisiana’s coast: Beaches, estuaries and wetlands would be under assault for decades.

A crude awakening for the Keystone pipeline

Robert Collier,, Dec 21 2013

If U.S. President Barack Obama wants a way to appease both sides of the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, he might want to look in the other direction — south to Mexico.

Gulf oil spill: Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence

Reuters,, July 26 2013

Contractor to plead guilty over deleted computer simulations testing methods used to cement Deepwater Horizon well

Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the US department of justice said on Thursday.

Total sets sights on getting oil sands crude to Gulf Coast

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Mar. 28 2013

France’s Total SA says current market conditions favour processing oil sands crude on the U.S. Gulf Coast rather than building an $11.6-billion upgrader in Alberta, as the company took a $1.65-billion (U.S.) loss on its 49-per-cent stake in the cancelled Voyageur project.

Suncor cancels Voyageur project, takes hit to profit

Brent Jang, Globe and Mail, Mar. 27 2013

Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s biggest oil-sands producer, has cancelled its $11.6-billion Voyageur upgrader project because of soaring capital costs – and the belief that better profits are to be found in shipping out unprocessed bitumen.

At North America’s refining hub, a thirst for Keystone

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Mar. 16 2013

HOUSTON — The cherry-red crane looms emphatically over the grey industrial landscape of the Houston shipping channel where a refinery processes crude oil into gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products.

Feds sue BP, other companies over oil spill

By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY, Houston Chronicle, Dec. 16, 2010

Fines of up to $4,300 a barrel, cleanup costs, other damages sought

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday sued BP and eight other companies in legal action that could force the firms to pay tens of billions of dollars in fines, cleanup costs and economic damages related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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