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OFFSHORE DRILLING:

Gulf spill deposited oil in 'mosaic' pattern on ocean floor -- study

Scientists have uncovered new information about the movement of oil after offshore spills.

In a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers attempted to document the fate of millions of barrels of oil that surged into the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Macondo well blowout and Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

OFFSHORE DRILLING:

A trio of new discoveries in the Gulf and beyond

New offshore discoveries announced this week may take years to develop but underscore the promise of ocean hydrocarbons exploration.

Yesterday, Chevron and BP announced a major discovery in the Gulf of Mexico. While Chevron is acting as the operator of the block and drilled the well, both companies say they hold 42.5 percent stakes in the play. Venari Resources LLC is named as a 15 percent stakeholder.

GULF SPILL:

Supreme Court declines appeal from La. parishes over BP resource suits

The Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal from 11 Louisiana district attorneys seeking to bring lawsuits against BP PLC for environmental damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The district attorneys who represent Louisiana's coastal parishes were seeking to file claims against BP, as well as Transocean Ltd., Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and others, under a state environmental law.

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The sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst oil spill in U.S. history. E&E examines the response to the spill, the politics of offshore drilling, and the aftermath for Gulf species and industries.

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