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  • 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 »
  • New drilling operation near fiery I-10 blowout site

    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 »
  • Four burn victims in BR for special treatment

    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 »
  • Search continues for two missing after platform fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • US may soon become world's top oil producer

    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 »
  • Sinkhole expands for second time this week

    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 »
  • Shell halts Chukchi Sea drilling

    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 »
  • More drilling on Bayou Corne check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Drilling to resume soon in Assumption bayou

    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 »
  • Assistance location for sinkhole evacuees changed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Drilling begins in Bayou Corne Play Video

    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 »
  • Texas Brine begins cutting checks, state says it's not enough check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Sinkhole growing as drill arrives in bayou check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Texas Brine promises cooperation over sinkhole check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Shell Oil scales back Arctic drilling plan

    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 »
  • Salazar set to approve major gas well project

    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 »
  • ASME recognizes 1st floating offshore drilling rig

    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 »
  • Attorney asks judge to make BP employee testify

    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 »
  • Panel: Drilling impacts could be 'excessive'

    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 »
  • BP step closer to drilling new Gulf wells

    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 »
  • La. lawmakers meet with top drilling regulator

    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 »
  • BP applies for first gulf drilling permit since explosion

    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 »
  • Some production closed off in Don's approach

    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 »
  • Shell evacuates 70 in SW Gulf

    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 »
  • Researchers: Gulf drilling could add 230,000 jobs

    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 »
  • BP adopts new safety standards for Gulf drilling

    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 »
  • Judge orders action on 6 deepwater permits

    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 »
  • House passes bill making it easier to drill

    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 »
  • Report: Transocean contributed to Gulf disaster

    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 »
  • Shell moves closer on new drilling plans for Gulf

    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 »
  • Appeals court issues a stay on drilling ruling

    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 »
  • Interior action ordered on two more drilling permits

    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 »
  • Drilling "permit-orium" center of panel discussion

    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 »
  • Landrieu backs move to block Obama nominee

    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 »
  • Lawsuit over drilling bans returns to court in La.

    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 »
  • Interior Department allows some suspended drilling to resume

    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 »

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