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  • Plans to drill for brine cause fears about sinkhole in Iberville Parish Play Video

    April 26, 2016 5:38 PM

    WHITE CASTLE- More than 150 residents in Iberville Parish are on edge, fearing an environmental disaster. This comes after they received letters in the mail recently saying a company is planning to drill wells for brine production. Many are having flashbacks to the Bayou Corne sinkhole that emerged not... more »
  • Oklahoma firm announces Gulf rig closure, layoffs

    April 22, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company has notified the state that it anticipates dozens of workers at a rig in the Gulf of Mexico will lose their jobs because of a canceled contract. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company told Louisiana Workforce Commission this week that between 40 and... more »
  • Drilling protesters: 'The Gulf is not for sale!'

    April 18, 2016 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - About 50 opponents of continued oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico rallied on the sidewalk and then brought their chants into a public meeting about potential impacts of continuing the lease program for five more years. For a few minutes, they stood... more »
  • Feds issue new, tougher offshore drilling rules

    April 14, 2016 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Obama administration has issued new rules to make offshore oil and natural gas drilling equipment safer and to reduce risks in digging wells, but the oil industry is blasting those rules as unnecessary and costly. The rules were published Thursday by the Interior Department, nearly six... more »
  • Walker begins drilling for new water well Play Video

    March 23, 2016 6:14 PM

    WALKER - Drilling for a new million dollar water well is underway in the city of Walker to improve water quality and pressure. The new well will be paired with a $1.6 million water tower that is already finished. Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey says the new additions will provide a... more »
  • Drillers: Oil well rules dire for business; others disagree

    March 3, 2016 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An industry study warns of dire consequences if pending rules to prevent another catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico go into effect, but critics questioned that claim. The business research firm Wood Mackenzie says the safe-drilling regulations could raise drilling costs by 20 percent... more »
  • Sheriff's office: Air leak at drilling site causing loud noise

    December 15, 2015 9:04 PM

    LOTTIE - Emergency crews responded to an air leak at a natural gas drilling site Tuesday evening. People reported hearing a whistle sound from a drilling site on La. 81 north of Highway 190. Fearing something worse, firefighters and sheriff's deputies kept people back while experts analyzed the issue.... more »
  • Shell to end Arctic drilling exploration

    September 28, 2015 2:09 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says Royal Dutch Shell's decision to stop exploratory drilling in the Arctic shows the state needs to drive its own destiny through oil and gas development. Shell said Monday that it was ending operations in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska after a test... more »
  • US drilling states guided on handling quakes

    September 28, 2015 1:05 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A working group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts has issued guidance to state regulators for handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking wastewater. The StatesFirst initiative's 150-page report was released Monday. It represents perhaps the most candid discussion... more »
  • What will drillers do as prices fall? Depends who you ask

    September 11, 2015 12:27 PM

    Goldman Sachs says the world has more oil than it had thought and expects prices to slip below $40 per barrel, and maybe lower, because the glut may linger deep into next year. On the same day, the International Energy Agency said production outside OPEC countries will drop sharply in... more »
  • Feds allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska

    August 17, 2015 3:09 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The federal government has given Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that exploratory drilling can... more »
  • Baton Rouge company objects to delay as it seeks to drill near Glacier

    July 15, 2015 12:38 PM

    BILLINGS - A Louisiana company seeking to drill for natural gas on land in Montana held sacred by some American Indians is objecting to a 75-day review period sought by a federal panel considering the proposal. Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge wanted to begin drilling this summer on its 6,200-acre... more »
  • Texas Brine sues oil driller over sinkhole

    July 9, 2015 5:24 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Texas Brine accused an oil and gas drilling company in a lawsuit Thursday of creating a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne through their operations. The suit claims Oxy Petroleum's drilling and oil production damaged the surrounding salt dome and ultimately caused the sinkhole to appear in August... more »
  • Auditor: Oil companies pay too little for oyster damage

    May 18, 2015 3:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil companies that damage the state's public oyster grounds - for example when they drill wells and lay pipelines - are not required to pay enough in compensation to the state, according to a state legislative auditor's report. This was one of several findings in a Louisiana... more »
  • Plan OK'd to drill into BP's ill-fated Macondo reservoir

    May 13, 2015 3:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC., plans to drill into... more »
  • Shell says it will drill off Alaska if it can get permits

    January 29, 2015 12:04 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will drill off Alaska's northwest coast in 2015 - if it can get the permits it needs and drill safely. Speaking in London, Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said Thursday that Shell will move forward with its plan to use... more »
  • Judge won't block St. Tammany anti-fracking suit

    October 28, 2014 3:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state district judge in Baton Rouge has refused to block a lawsuit filed by St. Tammany Parish officials who hope to stop a proposed oil drilling and fracking project. Parish officials filed the lawsuit in June. They argue that the well is proposed for an area... more »
  • Exxon to wind down Russian drilling project

    September 19, 2014 11:37 AM

    IRVING, Texas - Exxon Mobil says it will stop drilling an exploratory well in Russia's Kara Sea in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Russia over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine. Exxon planned to drill the well between August and October. The latest round of sanctions called for the removal of... more »
  • Cassidy pushes Landrieu to consider oil money bill

    April 25, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has said her top priority as the new chairwoman of the Senate energy committee is working on efforts to steer more offshore oil and gas drilling money to Louisiana's treasury for coastal restoration efforts. Landrieu's Senate race challenger, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, said... more »
  • Oil chief skips subpoena because deposition hurt his heart

    February 24, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is taking an argument over his health, a pending lawsuit, and threats of his arrest public after a judge issued a bench warrant for Don Briggs when he failed to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom Monday. Briggs... more »
  • Bills to speed oil and gas drilling considered

    November 20, 2013 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Three bills to speed up oil and natural gas drilling are being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the bills that's expected to win approval in the Republican controlled House today would restrict the Interior Department from enforcing proposed rules on hydraulic fracturing, or... more »
  • Feds place blame after platform explosion

    November 4, 2013 9:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An offshore company and contractors are blamed for an explosion on an oil platform that killed three workers last year. The men were using a torch to cut pipes on the platform off the coast of Louisiana when pipes ignited. They were refurbishing the platform about 20... more »
  • Relief well work, cleanup continue at blowout site

    August 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    HOUMA - Federal regulators say drilling continues on a relief well to permanently seal a natural gas well that blew wild last month in the Gulf of Mexico. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement spokeswoman Eileen Angelico says crews finished plugging and cementing the original well on Aug. 13. She... more »
  • Relief well drilling starts after Gulf blowout

    August 5, 2013 2:41 PM

    HOUMA - Workers have started drilling a relief well to secure a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last month off the coast of Louisiana. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the drilling began Sunday and is expected to take about 35 days... more »
  • Blowout could tip regulator focus to shallow water

    July 31, 2013 8:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Last week's blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators' focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. James Watson, director of the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says he plans to meet... more »
  • Gulf relief well drilling expected to take month

    July 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Crews are expected this week to begin drilling a relief well at the site of a natural gas well that blew wild off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the a rig... more »
  • Rig for relief well being positioned at gas leak

    July 27, 2013 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities say a rig is being positioned to drill a relief well for a gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, and a permit is in the final stages of review. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that it's reviewing Walter Oil... more »
  • Awaiting plan for permanent plug on Gulf gas well

    July 26, 2013 4:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say a slight sheen was visible again near a damaged gas drilling rig that blew wild and burned earlier this week off Louisiana's coast, but the sheen was quickly dissipating. The fire went out after the well stopped spewing gas. Authorities believe the well clogged... more »
  • Rig owner eyes relief well to divert gas off coast

    July 25, 2013 8:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The owner of a natural gas drilling rig flaming off Louisiana's coast says preparations are under way for the possible drilling of a relief well to divert gas from the site and bring the well under control. Experts say the effort is complicated and could take... more »
  • Owner of burning Gulf rig considers relief well

    July 24, 2013 10:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The owner of a drilling rig that's ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico says it may drill a relief well as part of a plan to control the natural gas well that blew wild. A news release from Hercules Offshore Inc. says the relief well is among... more »
  • Wyden: FracFocus 'constructive' tool on drilling

    May 23, 2013 2:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Energy Committee says a website partially funded by the oil and gas industry is a constructive tool that could be used by federal regulators in requiring public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon stopped short... more »
  • Government again delays proposed 'fracking' rule

    January 18, 2013 5:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Interior Department is again delaying a proposed rule that would require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The Obama administration first proposed a "fracking" rule last May, with a final rule expected by the... more »
  • No oil spill seen at Shell drill ship in Alaska

    January 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An overnight Coast Guard flight over an Alaska drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water on New Year's Eve found no signs of a fuel spill. But officials at a unified command center run by the Coast Guard, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, state responders and others... more »
  • Shell drill ship runs aground on island off Alaska

    January 1, 2013 8:17 AM

    The Coast Guard intends to fly out early today to a small uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska to plan a salvage operation for a grounded drilling rig that broke loose from a tow in a North Pacific storm. Royal Dutch Shell PLC's Kulluk is carrying 150,000 gallons... more »

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