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Sid Salter: Budget woes add to fight over BP money

Fri Jan 06 07:05:16 EST 2017 | Hattiesburg American
The legislative battle over the ultimate distribution of some $750 million in economic damages from the BP oil spill settlement was always going to be heated and contentious. That’s the nature of legislative battles that center on sectionalism and factionalism – and what can be more sectional or factional than arguing over whether upstate counties are entitled to a portion of economic damages from an industrial disaster that took place in the Gulf of Mexico? Given that reality, the state’s decli..

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Coast Guard says it's responding to a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was..
The Coast Guard and crew members of surrounding vessels were responding to a pre-dawn fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, authorities said Thu..
Four people were evacuated after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the Coast Guard said. "Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were ..
Four people were evacuated after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the Coast Guard said. "Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans were ..
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says it's responding to a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was ..
The Coast Guard and crew members of surrounding vessels were responding to a pre-dawn fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, authorities said Thu..
NEW ORLEANS -- The Coast Guard and crew members of surrounding vessels are responding to a pre-dawn fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, the Co..
A pre-dawn fire has been extinguished on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is no sign of pollution in the area, authorities said Thursday. The blaze was r..
The legislative battle over the ultimate distribution of some $750 million in economic damages from the BP oil spill settlement was always going to be heated and contentious. That’..
The Coast Guard and crew members of surrounding vessels were responding to a pre-dawn fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, authorities said Thu..
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says it's responding to a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was ..
A fire scorched an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana early Thursday, according to reports. The blaze caused four people aboard to jump into the water.&..
The Coast Guard and crew members of surrounding vessels were responding to a pre-dawn fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, authorities said Thu..
A fire broke out on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico early Thursday, forcing four workers to evacuate by lifeboat before the blaze was extinguished. There were no i..
A pre-dawn fire has been extinguished on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is no sign of pollution in the area, authorities said Thursday. The blaze was r..
On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that a fire erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico not far from the coast of Louisiana, as reported by ABC News. Authorities a..
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The Coast Guard and crew members of surrounding vessels were responding to a pre-dawn fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, authorities said Thu..
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