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EPA: BP oil spill affected a half-mile of Lake Michigan shoreline, but appears to be contained

WHITING, Ind. - Crews for oil giant BP are working to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected a half-mile-long section of northwestern Indiana shoreline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the spill reported Monday afternoon at BP's Whiting, Ind., refinery appears to have been contained. EPA regional on-scene co-ordinator Mike Beslow said Tuesday afternoon that BP crews have surrounded the oil with absorbent booms and are using vacuum trucks to suck up the corralled oil.

Malfunction at BP Whiting refinery sends undetermined amount of oil into Lake Michigan

WHITING, Ind. - BP says it is assessing how much crude oil entered Lake Michigan following a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery. BP spokesman Scott Dean says crews have placed booms across a cove at the company's Whiting refinery where workers discovered the oil spill Monday afternoon. Dean says BP believes the oil released during an oil refining malfunction has been confined to that cove. He says the oil entered the refinery's cooling water system, which discharges into the lake about 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago.

North Dakota to pay for cleanup of illegal radioactive oil waste; culprit can't be found

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota will pay for the cleanup of illegally dumped radioactive oil field waste found on the outskirts of a tiny town in the northwest corner of the state, a document obtained Thursday by The Associated Press shows. Regulators planned to announce a contractor to clean up the site near Noonan on Monday, an attorney for the Legislative Council — the Legislature's research arm — said in an email obtained by the AP.

25 years after Exxon Valdez, some damage heals, some effects linger in Prince William Sound

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the nation's largest oil spill. The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989. Within hours, it unleashed an estimated 10.8 million gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the water. Storms and currents then smeared it over 1,300 miles of shoreline.

US ends BP contract ban

The United States announced Thursday an end to its ban on BP obtaining government contracts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The Environmental Protection Agency said that BP "agreed to safety and ethics improvements" in exchange for removing the ban, which had hurt the British company's ability to do business in the United States. The five-year deal with the EPA will allow BP to pursue new oil exploration leases in deepwater tracts in the Gulf of Mexico, which still bears many traces of the massive 2010 spill, the worst in US history.

BP, federal government agree to once again do business after Gulf oil spill

WASHINGTON - The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government. Under an agreement reached Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than two dozen BP entities and its Houston-based oil production and exploration arm can secure new government contracts.

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___ Dow posts fourth loss in a row as US stocks slide The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points Thursday, its biggest decline in six weeks. The pullback came as investors reacted to discouraging economic reports from China and intensifying tensions in Ukraine. It was the worst day for the market in six weeks and the fourth loss in a row for the Dow. The plunge was a sharp contrast to the relatively quiet trading earlier in the week following a record-setting run last week. Thursday's slide erased the S ___

US ends contract ban on BP

The United States announced Thursday an end to its ban on BP obtaining government contracts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in US history. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a tweeted statement that BP "agreed to safety and ethics improvements" in exchange for removing the ban, which had hurt the British company's ability to do business in the United States.

Environmental regulator ends US contract ban on BP

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday an end to its ban on BP obtaining government contracts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The EPA said in a tweeted statement that BP "agreed to safety and ethics improvements" in exchange for removing the ban, which had hurt the British company's ability to do business in the United States.

Environmental regulator ends US contract ban on BP

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday an end to its ban on BP obtaining government contracts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The EPA said in a tweeted statement that BP "agreed to safety and ethics improvements" in exchange for ending the ban, which had hurt the British company's ability to do business in the United States. pmh/vs
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