News BP had originally projected that its settlement in the case would cost $7.8 billion but later boosted this to $9.2 billion

A panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a federal judge's approval of a multi-billion dollar settlement between BP Plc and businesses and individuals who lost money and property in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

David Prosser: A rare morale boost for embattled BP

Outlook Good news has been in shortsupply for BP of late, but yesterday's report from a group of US regulators will have given thecompany a boost. It concluded, like several other reports before it, that last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster was the fault of all of the companies and contractors involved rather than being the sole responsibility of BP (as the hysterical reaction towards the British company from US politicians might have suggested).

Arctic oil spill plan condemned

Environmental campaigners today accused a UK oil company of "breathtaking irresponsibility" over its plans for clearing up a possible spill in the Arctic.

Oil licences 'threaten sea birds'

Rathlin Island could be in danger of suffering oil spills if permission for drilling is granted, the RSPB claimed.

Drilling sites a 'threat to seabirds'

Important wildlife sites for seabirds such as puffins could be hit if an oil spill occurred in areas being considered for new fossil fuel exploration off the UK coast, conservationists warned today.

Seabirds in danger from new oil exploration, RSPB warns

Conservationists are calling on the Government to revoke dozens of new licences for oil and gas exploration in UK waters, fearing hundreds of thousands of seabirds could be at risk if they are granted.

Shell under pressure to reveal details of oil leak

Shell has come under pressure from environmental campaigners to publish its most recent pipeline inspection report – a week after one of its offshore rigs caused the UK's worst oil spill in more than a decade. RSPB Scotland called for the company to come clean after Shell admitted letting more than 200 tonnes escape into the North Sea.

Oil spill off Scotland 'could worsen'

Hundreds of tons of oil could still be inside an offshore pipeline which has been leaking for a week off the Scottish coast, raising the possibility that Britain's worst oil spill for a decade could worsen.

Shell North Sea oil spill is the worst in the UK for 10 years

Inspectors from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will carry out an inquiry into the Shell North Sea oil spill, it emerged yesterday, to try to find the cause of the biggest British oil leak in more than a decade.

Michael McCarthy: Shell needs to come fully clean

This is the biggest spill on the UK continental shelf for more than a decade

Greenland ready with spill plan

Greenland said last night it would publish its oil spill response plan, in a move which could dampen some of the controversy surrounding oil exploration in its waters.

Shell says North Sea oil spill is 'significant'

More than 200 tonnes of oil could have entered the North Sea following a leak at an offshore platform, according to estimates from operator Shell.

Van Wilt presents a trilogy of slick plays

Last year when the BP drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the resulting oil leak hit headlines around the world for a short while, but for local residents its effects are still being felt.

Shell blamed over Niger Delta

Royal Dutch Shell and the Nigerian government have been blamed for oil spills in the Niger Delta, which could take 30 years to clean up.

UN: Widespread oil damage found in Nigeria delta

A region of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta suffers widespread ecological damage as spilled oil seeps into its drinking water, destroys plants and remains in the ground for decades at a time, said a United Nations report released today.

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