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Anadarko to pay $5.15 billion to settle pollution clean-up claims: source

(Reuters) - Anadarko Petroleum Corp and its Kerr-McGee unit agreed to pay $5.15 billion to resolve environmental cleanup claims stemming from the 2009 bankruptcy of paint materials maker Tronox, a source familiar with the agreement told Reuters on Thursday. Anadarko's stock rose 13 percent to $98 per share in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange as word of a settlement circulated.

Anadarko Petroleum to pay $5.1 bn in pollution case

Anadarko Petroleum said Thursday it will pay $5.1 billion to settle billions in environmental claims against Kerr-McGee, an oil company it acquired in 2006. The settlement follows a December US court ruling that said Anadarko owed as much as $14.5 billion to address Kerr-McGee's environmental liabilities. Anadarko said the settlement removed doubts that have depressed the value of its stock. jmb/vs

Coast Guard says crews spot no more oil on Lake Michigan shore near Indiana BP refinery spill

WHITING, Ind. - The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery. Officials say a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team checking the area near the Whiting refinery on Sunday spotted no visible oil on the shore or in the water. Cleanup workers spent last week removing oil from about a half-mile section of shoreline.

BP raises Lake Michigan oil spill estimate; Senators request meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More oil than previously thought may have leaked into Lake Michigan this week from BP Plc's Indiana refinery, the company said on Thursday, after two U.S. Senators requested a meeting with the British oil major. The request from Senators Mark Kirk, a Republican and Dick Durbin, a Democrat, both from Illinois, came before BP issued its estimate that between 15 and 39 barrels of oil had spilled - more than an earlier assessment that nine to 18 barrels leaked on Monday.

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.

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.

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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