Written by Jen Finn
HOUSTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) — A decision by a federal judge in New Orleans to approve a health settlement related to the Deepwater Horizon avoids years of litigation, said BP.
A federal judge in New Orleans announced the approval of the medical portion of a $7.8 billion settlement related to the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010.
Geoff Morrell, a spokesman for the oil company, said BP was pleased that it was able to settlement the majority of "legitimate medical claims" related to the incident.
"These settlements are historic resolutions that avoid years of lengthy litigation, and today's decision by the court represents yet another critical step forward for BP in meeting its commitment to economic and environmental restoration efforts in the gulf and in eliminating legal risk facing the company," he said in a statement.
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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...