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Environment

Factbox: Developments in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Here are some developments in BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history.

TOP DEVELOPMENTS

* BP Plc claimed “a significant milestone” in efforts to plug its broken Gulf of Mexico well for good on Wednesday, as the U.S. government said nearly three-fourths of the spilled crude been dispersed or captured or had evaporated.

MARKET IMPACT/COMPANIES

* Shares of Anadarko Petroleum Corp and Transocean Ltd, companies that may face liability related to BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, rallied on Wednesday after an effort to kill the ruptured well showed promise.

* BP’s new chief executive, Bob Dudley, will meet Russia’s top oil official to discuss projects and possibly asset sales on Wednesday, in the CEO’s first visit since he fled the country in 2008.

* BP shares were up 1.44 percent in London while shares in New York were down about 1.5 percent on Wednesday.

POLITICS/POLICY

* The White House said on Wednesday it owed no apology to outgoing BP CEO Tony Hayward, after welcoming a report that showed pollution from the Gulf oil spill was less than many initially had feared.

* President Barack Obama would be willing to lift a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling before November if the conditions he has set are met before then, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday.

CAPTURE/CONTAINMENT/CLEANUP

* While U.S. officials welcomed the initial success of BP’s latest attempt to plug its Gulf of Mexico oil well, the company still has backup options in the event something goes wrong again.

* Nearly three-fourths of oil from the BP spill is gone from the Gulf of Mexico, with 26 percent remaining as a sheen or tarballs, buried in sediment or washed ashore, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday.

ENVIRONMENT

* Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and fishermen, whose livelihoods have been imperiled by the BP oil spill, can go back to work as soon as tests show there is no risk of contamination, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Compiled by Alyson Zepeda in Houston, editing by Vicki Allen and Jackie Frank

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