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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
November 20, 2012 9:43 PM
RAMAH- Drilling crews have returned to an area where a drilling disaster happened in 2007.
Then, a blowout preventer failed and ignited a fireball. The inferno shutdown the I-10 Basin Bridge for ten days.
Since then, rules have been changed. Now, a company has received a permit to... more »
November 16, 2012 9:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- Four victims of a oil platform explosion are at a burn unit, getting treatment.
The victims were transferred to Baton Rouge General Mid City from a hospital in the New Orleans area Friday evening. The hospital cannot comment specifically on the patients' injuries or care.
But,... more »
November 16, 2012 10:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard said they are continuing to search for two missing oil platform workers after a cutting torch caused an explosion and fire this morning.
Capt. Ed Cubanski told reporters at the noon briefing there were no confirmed deaths. Emergency managers had erroneously reported two... more »
October 23, 2012 12:53 PM
NEW YORK - U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. The boom in production is being driven by high oil prices and new drilling methods that are allowing energy companies to unlock oil trapped between rocks.... more »
September 20, 2012 3:24 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency management authorities said a sinkhole in Assumption Parish expanded again overnight.
John Boudreaux, the director for the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said an additional 25 feet of land fell off into sinkhole. It's the second time this week the size of... more »
September 10, 2012 3:41 PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell has halted drilling in the Chukchi Sea one day after it began because of sea ice moving toward the company's drill ship off Alaska. Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith tells The Associated Press that drilling was stopped as a precautionary measure in accordance with... more »
September 5, 2012 5:15 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - More drilling in a different location will soon be underway in Assumption Parish.
This comes after more gas bubbles were found in the Triche Canal, which is near the first problem spot Bayou Corne.
The Department of Natural Resources plans to drill another well into... more »
September 5, 2012 10:41 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish said drilling could resume tonight on an exploration well near a large sinkhole in the parish.
The parish police jury said Texas Brine was ahead of schedule resuming operations, after they had to halt drilling for almost a week during Hurricane Isaac.... more »
August 21, 2012 6:30 PM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Texas Brine today said they're changing where and when assistance checks will be given out to people evacuated from an area near a sinkhole on their property in Assumption Parish.
Spokesperson Sonny Cranch said because of overcrowded conditions they changed the location to the St. Joseph the... more »
August 20, 2012 5:48 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - Workers with Texas Brine LLC began drilling an exploratory well today to hopefully get some answers about the cause of a giant sinkhole on their property in Assumption Parish.
Today engineers started drilling to get to the 300 foot thick caprock that sits on top of... more »
August 17, 2012 4:48 PM
PIERRE PART- Today contractors for Texas Brine handed out checks to families evacuated from Bayou Corne after a massive sinkhole appeared on the company's property. However, state officials said the company's not doing enough.
Candy Blanchard and her family were among those who fled the area after the evacuation... more »
August 15, 2012 5:32 PM
BAYOU CORNE - As dozens of trucks arrived with drilling equipment to take a look beneath a sinkhole in Assumption Parish, authorities said the hole has continued to increase in size.
Christina Stephens, a spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the surface of... more »
August 10, 2012 5:56 PM
GONZALES - Representatives from Texas Brine said today the company is doing everything it can to ease concerns about a sinkhole on their property in Assumption Parish.
Experts believe an unused brine operation in a salt dome beneath the sinkhole is the cause. Parish leaders said the company had... more »
July 31, 2012 1:57 PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Shell Oil Co. says it has downsized its plan for off-shore drilling in the Arctic this year. Shell now hopes to complete two wells in 2012 off Alaska's northern coastline. The company had planned on drilling up to five wells. Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Tuesday a... more »
May 8, 2012 9:47 AM
SALT LAKE CITY- U. S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was set to approve a major natural gas drilling project in Utah.
Salazar planned to make the announcement Tuesday at a pipeline compression station on Salt Lake City's west side. He offered no details before the event got under way.... more »
March 12, 2012 7:45 AM
MORGAN CITY - An international society of engineers is naming the nation's first floating offshore oil drilling rig a historic mechanical engineering landmark. ASME will hold the ceremony on Saturday at the rig Mr. Charlie in Morgan City, where it is now a museum and training facility. Mr. Charlie was... more »
February 12, 2012 4:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the owners of the drilling rig that exploded at the start of the 2010 oil spill are asking a federal judge to make a key witness talk to them before their trial. Attorneys for Transocean want to interview Donald Vidrine, who was BP's well site... more »
November 10, 2011 6:25 PM
WASHINGTON - A federal advisory panel is warning that "serious environmental consequences" could result from the gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing if steps aren't taken to reduce its impacts.
The seven-member committee said in a report released Thursday that progress by the federal government and the oil... more »
October 21, 2011 2:39 PM
BP is a step closer to being allowed to drill new deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
The agency that regulates offshore drilling said Friday it has approved a supplemental exploration plan submitted by BP.
The British firm still must obtain permits to be able to start... more »
October 11, 2011 1:59 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Two members of Louisiana's congressional delegation have met with a top Interior Department official to express their concerns about the Obama administration's regulation of the offshore drilling industry in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.
After Tuesday's meeting, Rep. Jeff Landry said he and Sen.... more »
September 26, 2011 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- BP has applied for its first Gulf of Mexico drilling permit in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill.
It was filed last week, one week after BP was cited in a federal report for several violations related to the disaster.
Some... more »
July 28, 2011 1:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Two major petroleum companies have evacuated offshore operations in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico with the approach of Tropical Storm Don.
The storm is expected to make landfall Friday in southeastern Texas.
Royal Dutch Shell said it planned to have 195 workers evacuated from its... more »
July 27, 2011 5:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS - With a tropical storm approaching, Royal Dutch Shell says it has evacuated about 70 non-essential personnel from production and drilling operations in the extreme southwest Gulf of Mexico.
The company says there has been no interruption of production - and none is currently expected.
Forecasters... more »
July 22, 2011 9:57 AM
NEW YORK - An energy research group predicted that an increase in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico could create 230,000 jobs and add $44 billion to the economy next year.
IHS on Thursday echoed the industry's argument that regulations enacted following the Gulf oil spill have slowed... more »
July 15, 2011 8:08 AM
ATLANTA- BP says it has adopted new, safer standards for deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The announcement comes a year after the company capped its blown-out well about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. In a letter to U.S. regulators, the company said the standards exceed existing federal... more »
May 10, 2011 5:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given the Obama administration 30 days to act on six permits for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued the order Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Ensco Offshore Co. and others. He rejected Interior Department... more »
May 5, 2011 2:26 PM
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has passed the first of three bills aimed at making it easier for oil companies to drill offshore.
The House passed the first measure 266-149 Thursday. It would force the government to conduct three lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one off... more »
April 22, 2011 3:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Coast Guard probe of the Deepwater Horizon explosion has concluded that rig owner Transocean had serious flaws in its safety management system and a poor safety culture that contributed to the disaster.
Friday's report also found that lax oversight by the rig's flag state, the... more »
March 21, 2011 4:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators have put oil giant Shell one step closer to final approval to drill three new exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the project 130 miles off the Louisiana coast meets strict safety and environmental requirements.
Shell... more »
March 15, 2011 5:46 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has blocked a judge's order requiring regulators to act on several drilling permit applications.
The federal government filed court documents earlier this month saying it may have to deny the applications if regulators must make a decision within 30 days as ordered.... more »
March 1, 2011 6:50 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge who overturned the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf oil spill ordered federal regulators on Tuesday to act on two more drilling permit applications.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled last month that the Interior Department must act within 30... more »
February 23, 2011 4:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle says he hopes global factors will influence Washington's drilling permit process.
He says a moratorium on deepwater drilling after last year's spill has morphed into a "permit-orium", because the permit process is so difficult that activity in... more »
February 17, 2011 6:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana's senior senator is supporting her colleague's move to place a hold on President Obama's nominee to head the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until the Interior Department begins issuing drilling permits. On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., placed a hold on Dan Ashe's nomination. Sen. Mary... more »
January 12, 2011 3:35 PM
NEW ORLEANS - An offshore drilling services company is asking a federal judge to rule that government regulators have unreasonably delayed action on deepwater drilling permit applications in the aftermath of the massive Gulf oil spill. Ensco Offshore Company is seeking a preliminary injunction that would require the Interior Department... more »
January 3, 2011 2:13 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says 13 companies whose deepwater drilling activities were suspended last year may be able to resume drilling without detailed environmental reviews.
Companies will be allowed to resume work at previously drilled wells, as long as they meet new policies and regulations.
The... more »
December 14, 2010 4:43 PM
WASHINGTON - A bill moving toward approval in the Senate would increase by 60 days the amount of time the Interior Department has to conduct environmental and safety reviews of offshore drilling projects. The bill would extend the review period for offshore exploration plans from 30 days to 90 days.... more »
December 1, 2010 11:30 AM
JEAN LAFITTE, LA. (AP) - Three men were burned in an explosion and fire on a workover rig south of New Orleans. All three apparently are going to Baton Rouge General Medical Center's burn unit. They went first to West Jefferson Medical Center. Spokeswoman Taslin Alfonzo says one was going... more »
December 1, 2010 11:13 AM
WASHINGTON - In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new... more »
November 10, 2010 9:44 AM
WASHINGTON D.C. - An inspector general says the White House edited a report about the administration's moratorium on offshore oil drilling to make it appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of a six-month ban on new drilling. The Interior Department's inspector general says the changes resulted "in the... more »
November 9, 2010 10:38 AM
NEW ORLEANS--News organizations were barred from a conference over a company's claim that the government has not issued a single drilling permit, even though the moratorium was lifted last month.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said the hearing would be held in his chambers, and news organizations had no... more »
October 26, 2010 5:39 PM
Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister said the U.S. is heading for an energy abyss, and fallout from the Deepwater Horizon spill will speed up the problems.
Hofmeister said he predicts new drilling permits for the Gulf will not be approved by Washington, which will cause oil reserves to... more »
October 20, 2010 5:18 PM
A federal judge has ruled that the Interior Department improperly issued new safety rules after it imposed a moratorium on deep water drilling in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman says the rules imposed in a June 8 notice to offshore... more »
October 12, 2010 11:26 AM
The ban on offshore drilling, could be lifted by lunchtime. The Interior Department is set to discuss the ban at a mid-day news conference. Secretary Ken Salazar will "discuss the current suspensions on deepwater drilling," the Department said in a statement to media Tuesday morning. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs... more »
October 12, 2010 10:19 AM
The White House said Tuesday the government will lift a moratorium on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico "very soon" - likely this week. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the government is close to having the plans in place to lift the ban that was imposed... more »
October 2, 2010 10:06 AM
Some of the companies sued over the massive Gulf oil spill are asking a federal judge to postpone a trial designed to assign percentages of fault in the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project. A court filing Friday by Halliburton Energy Services, Cameron International and other companies says they need more... more »
September 30, 2010 6:00 PM
New oil drilling rules released by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar may be costly but will prevent another oil spill, according to oil industry experts.
Those rules include tighter regulations on blowout preventers, better employee training, new ways to find and deal with safety hazards.
Most of... more »
September 30, 2010 10:11 AM
The Obama administration is set to release new rules for offshore oil drillers as it prepares to lift a ban on deepwater drilling.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce the new rules, including some that address workplace safety, at a speech on Thursday.
The rules are... more »
September 29, 2010 2:15 PM
A company that owns and operates offshore drilling rigs asked a federal judge to throw out the latest moratorium on deepwater oil drilling.
Arguments were heard on Wednesday on Ensco Offshore's bid to overturn a six-month drilling ban imposed in July following the BP oil spill in the Gulf... more »
September 27, 2010 2:31 PM
The government agency in charge of offshore drilling will weigh in a month ahead of schedule on whether a ban on new deepwater wells should be lifted.
It's due to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in late October.
President Barack Obama imposed the drilling moratorium following the April 20... more »
September 23, 2010 5:12 PM
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu says she will block a Senate vote to confirm the nominee to a key White House economic office to protest the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Landrieu, a Democrat, says she will object to a vote on Jacob Lew to... more »
September 11, 2010 9:49 AM
Oil rig workers struggling because of a federal moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico are being urged to apply for money from a $100 million fund set up by BP. The Louisiana charity running the program, the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation, says rig workers... more »
August 27, 2010 4:53 AM
A Covington company has been hired to process applications for money from a $100 million fund set up by BP to help oil rig workers idled by a federal moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana charity running the program, the Gulf Coast Restoration and... more »
August 26, 2010 5:15 PM
An expert panel says a ban on deepwater drilling imposed by the Obama administration has been effective but may no longer be needed now that the oil industry and the government appear to have developed new, safer drilling regimes. The report by the Bipartisan Policy Center is likely to boost... more »
August 25, 2010 2:17 PM
The head of the agency overseeing offshore drilling at the time of the BP oil spill says she deeply regrets that the accident occurred when she was in charge. The comments Wednesday at a hearing of the presidential commission investigating the spill are the first from Elizabeth Birnbaum since she... more »
August 21, 2010 9:45 AM
Government documents show that more than 23,000 workers are affected by the moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. According a memo last month from Michael Bromwich, the nation's top drilling regulator, the six-month suspension is directly putting 9,450 people out of work. The memo also says the... more »
August 19, 2010 10:32 AM
The final steps in plugging the blown-out well in the Gulf for good, will have to wait until after Labor Day.
The government says they plan to replace the failed blowout preventer first.
Then work on drilling a relief well will continue. Mud and cement will be pumped... more »
August 18, 2010 8:13 AM
Louisiana's lieutenant governor says President Barack Obama's continued moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is an attempt to move the United States toward alternative energy at a high economic cost to the state. During a hearing before the state's two U.S. senators, Republican David Vitter and Democrat... more »
August 10, 2010 11:42 AM
Storms threaten to pass directly over the blown-out well's site, and the government's point man says crews will suspend work on drilling a relief well, until the storm passes.
The suspension could delay completion of the relief well by two or three days.
Crews will install a temporary... more »
August 4, 2010 5:49 PM
Tulane University hosted the first of eight forums dealing with President Obama's ban on deepwater drilling.
The president ordered the move after Deepwater Horizon exploded. It has drawn constant criticism from all levels of state government because critics say it could result in lost jobs.
Officials with the... more »
August 2, 2010 11:14 AM
An estimated 9,000 people could be eligible for grants from a $100 million fund to help struggling oil rig workers that are idle because of the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf.
Applications will be accepted from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 from rig workers who are... more »
July 30, 2010 9:08 AM
BP today announced the company will establish a $100 million fund to help unemployed rig workers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by the United States federal government. The Rig Worker Assistance Fund will be administered through the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection... more »
July 21, 2010 11:36 AM
It's being called the Rally For Economic Survival.
Those who oppose Louisiana's recent drilling moratorium put into effect by the Obama administration--are coming together to voice concern for the state's economy.
Featured speakers include Governor Jindal, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle, and music from... more »
July 20, 2010 10:20 PM
More concern and controversy over the deep-water drilling moratorium. An 18-page paper details the loss of jobs, pay, taxes and even schools. But some say the report is short-sighted. The dollars that flow into the state of Louisiana's coffers will be gone. The jobs on the coast, including those in... more »
July 15, 2010 10:14 AM
In Washington, a House panel approved legislation that would overhaul the Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling. The bill sets to divide the agency into three parts: one for leasing and permitting; one for inspections and investigations; and another to collect revenue.
The bill would... more »
July 13, 2010 11:29 AM
Another rig has been pulled from the Gulf of Mexico because of the deepwater drilling moratorium.
Diamond Offshore Drilling pulled the "Ocean Confidence" rig to the Republic of Congo. The rig left over the weekend.
The Houston-based company says a drilling contract with Murphy Exploration & Production Co.... more »
July 4, 2010 9:53 AM
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed court papers in support of lifting a moratorium against deepwater drilling.
They are supporting a federal judge's ruling that shot down the Obama administration's decision to put a halt to deepwater drilling for six months. more »