March 22, 2015 3:07 PM
CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has dropped 4 cents in the last two weeks to $2.50. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that falling oil prices and strong production at U.S. refineries led to lower numbers at the pump. The drop during... more »
March 19, 2015 5:05 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is directing the federal government to cut its emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House on Thursday. The White House says a number of major companies that sell to the... more »
March 17, 2015 7:44 AM
BATON ROUGE- Dr. Rhonda Matthews has been a chemist for more than ten years, and is currently in her second year of teaching at Port Allen High School.
One of her favorite classes to teach is Oil and Gas Production . The smaller-sized class teaches students about how refineries... more »
March 8, 2015 2:25 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A boil order is in effect for hundreds of residents in parts of Donaldsonville after a construction crew ruptured a water and gas line Sunday.
Peoples Water Service said everyone living on Highway 1 South from the Payless to the Palo Alto Bridge is urged to boil... more »
March 4, 2015 11:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - A transportation funding task force recommended Wednesday that an existing Louisiana state gas tax could get a boost to help deal with budget shortfalls in the state.
The task force recommended that the existing tax be tied to the consumer price index. Lawmakers said that would... more »
February 26, 2015 9:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - In the last two weeks, gas prices have surged above the $2 mark and experts warn they could continue to rise over the next few weeks.
The state average is now $2.16; in Baton Rouge, the average is $2.14. The price for a gallon of regular... more »
February 19, 2015 5:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - BRAVE continues to get guns off the streets of Baton Rouge through their 'Gas for Guns' program. You can exchange your firearms for up to $300 in fuel money.
Since the program began, they've given out more than $40,000 in gas cards and have $40,000 more... more »
February 6, 2015 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - The plunge party is over and gas prices have spiked by more than 10 cents in the last week alone. It's a trend the American Automobile Association suggests will continue.
The AAA expects gas prices to increase this month due to refinery maintenance and decreased production.... more »
January 11, 2015 10:42 AM
WASHINGTON - A 50-percent plunge in the price of crude oil, and cheaper gasoline at the pump, raise questions about whether the Keystone pipeline is still needed - or even makes financial sense. Opponents will use lower prices to argue that it now could pose a greater threat to the... more »
January 6, 2015 4:20 PM
WASHINGTON - The CEO of the oil and gas industry's top lobbying arm says plunging oil prices may hurt American companies in the short run. But American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard says increased U.S. production and dropping oil prices also mean the U.S. is on its way to being... more »
December 29, 2014 1:43 PM
HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plunged by 35 last week to 1,840. The Houston firm said Monday in its weekly report that 1,499 rigs were exploring for oil and 340 for gas. One... more »
December 26, 2014 11:12 AM
WASHINGTON - It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Gas prices have fallen to the lowest level since May of 2009 at an average of $2.32 a gallon. That's according to Triple-A spokesman Michael Green, who adds prices have fallen 92 straight days -- which has never happened before.... more »
December 18, 2014 10:56 PM
BATON ROUGE- A price war between competing stations helped the price for a gallon of regular gasoline drop to $1.77 Thursday. This made it the second-lowest in the country.
The only other city where a store was selling cheaper gas Thursday was in Oklahoma City for $1.68.
Costco... more »
December 16, 2014 5:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - For consumers and business owners falling gas prices mean more money in the bank, but the state's budget could take a hit.
Local businesses like Billy Heroman's Flowers are benefiting from cheap gas prices. The florists deliver around 200 bouquets each day around Christmas using 35... more »
December 5, 2014 12:45 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group says is the lowest in the nation and a bargain that's proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming from miles away... more »
November 26, 2014 6:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - Highways and streets are clogged on the busiest travel day of the year and much of that traffic is caused by the drop in price at the pump.
AAA predicts more than 40 million people will get behind the wheel this holiday season, the highest number... more »
November 19, 2014 7:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- The price of gas has dropped as low as $2.30 a gallon in the Capital City and the savings at the pump mean more cash for the holidays.
"I could add in the iPads or something like that, that I wouldn't normally be able to afford," said... more »
November 13, 2014 7:22 PM
INDEPENDENCE- The controversial method of oil excavation called fracking is raising concerns for some communities, while others are pleased to welcome the process to their parish.
In Tangipahoa, land owners are thrilled at the possibility of fracking on their land, because it can mean instant wealth and promises of... more »
November 12, 2014 2:10 PM
NEW YORK- The Energy Department now predicts the average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015. The dramatically lower estimate will save U.S. consumers and the economy more than $60 billion if it holds true. The department's Energy Information Administration predicts in its most recent short-term... more »
November 11, 2014 3:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fracking for oil and gas looks to be a dream come true. More jobs, a huge boost to the economy, but at what cost? Is there a cost? Parishes are passionately divided.
Decide where you stand as Rob Krieger digs up the facts Thursday on WBRZ... more »
October 31, 2014 3:37 AM
NEW YORK - The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit $3 a gallon Friday, and should soon drop below the benchmark for the first time since December 2010. The price at the pump fell 33 cents in October, thanks mainly to plunging oil prices, according to AAA. Many... more »
October 28, 2014 5:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - The past month has finally brought some relief at the pump for drivers following a summer of high prices.
The national average for a gallon of gas is now $3.04. That's the lowest it's been since December 2010. The national average has now dropped 30 cents... more »
October 27, 2014 6:03 AM
LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition is hosting a job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome & Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for oil and gas industry companies looking for qualified employees. Military veterans will get special attention in the form of access to career experts... more »
October 17, 2014 11:09 PM
BATON ROUGE- People lined up for gas like they were evacuating a hurricane Friday as prices dipped to near four-year lows.
At the Sam's on Mall Drive, lines were five cars deep at pumps. At the station, members paid $2.61 per gallon. People who did not have a member... more »
September 7, 2014 5:07 PM
CAMARILLO, Calif. - A national survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has dropped 2 cents over the last two weeks, to $3.46, bringing the decline to 25 cents over the last 11 weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that falling crude oil prices drove... more »
September 2, 2014 8:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Some fuel stations were pumping out drivers' dreams Tuesday: a gallon of gas under $3.
Sam's Club at Cortana Place and Airway Drive sold regular for $2.97 and Costco at Dawnadele Ave near Airline Hwy sold regular for $2.94. That's some of the cheapest gas in... more »
August 22, 2014 9:16 AM
BATON ROUGE - You can help East Baton Rouge Parish empty guns from the street while filling up your gas tank.
At "Gas for Guns", you can exchange your firearms for gas credits with no questions asked. It's part of the BRAVE Program's efforts to make the city safer.... more »
July 22, 2014 10:20 AM
SOMERSET, KY - A town in Kentucky has come up with a unique way to help its citizens save at the pump.
City leaders of Somerset were hearing complaints from residents about rising gas prices, so they took action and bought a gas station. The city-run gas station is... more »
June 25, 2014 7:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - We are in the heart of summer, which means many families are still counting down the days until summer vacation.
Before you hit the road, you may need to save some extra cash. Gas prices are rising all across the country, and the crisis in Iraq... more »
June 21, 2014 10:48 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The well that was leaking oil and gas off Highway 75 into the night isn't expected to leak anymore.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi tells News 2 that in hindsight the leak was inevitable. Stassi says the well had been pumping oil and gas for months, but... more »
June 17, 2014 7:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - The summer driving season is here, which means higher prices at the pump. The conflict in Iraq could cause gas costs to rise even more.
Islamic militants have been marching around the country, capturing cities and slaughtering members of the Iraqi military. They have captured several... more »
June 6, 2014 4:16 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal has replaced another member of the flood board that filed a controversial lawsuit against the oil and gas industry. Jindal's office announced Friday that Tyrone Ben has been appointed to fill the seat of Tim Doody on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Ben... more »
May 1, 2014 3:53 AM
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An official in Florida says three inmates who were missing after an apparent gas explosion at a jail have been located. Escambia County spokeswoman Kathleen Castro said Thursday the inmates were unaccounted for in the chaos after the explosion. She says they were missing as hundreds... more »
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 »
April 10, 2014 4:27 PM
BRUSLY - A grand jury handed up an indictment Thursday against Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley, who admitted to News 2's Investigative Unit earlier this year he used a city gas card to fill up his personal vehicle and boat with hundreds of dollars in fuel.
The indictment accused... more »
April 7, 2014 6:52 AM
CAMARILLO, CA- The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has risen 5 cents in the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.61, the highest price in Lundberg's twice-monthly surveys since late July 2013. But... more »
March 31, 2014 11:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- Company representatives from ExxonMobil have arrived to begin working with people who put a bad batch of gas in the fuel tanks of their vehicles. The company said Monday, it has started to reimburse people who had issues with the fuel.
"We are fully committed to working... more »
March 28, 2014 6:04 PM
BATON ROUGE- Problems caused by a bad batch of Exxon gas may not be too expensive to fix.
Louis Altazan, President of AGCO Automotive, has seen at least 50 vehicles that were likely affected by the faulty fuel.
"It's very unlikely to cause any serious damage," said Altazan,... more »
March 27, 2014 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE- A spokesperson for ExxonMobil said Thursday, the company is committed to fixing issues related to a bad batch of gasoline, and customers should not be scared to put fuel in their cars since the tainted fuel is out of the supply chain.
According to the spokesperson, who... more »
March 27, 2014 6:58 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Parish officials say the 29-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish swallowed six cypress trees Wednesday and had its first deep burp of gas and fluid since late August. The event comes nearly two weeks after lead scientists investigating the sinkhole for state regulators said the hole seemed to... more »
March 26, 2014 9:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mechanics around the Capital City say they have serviced dozens of cars with fuel-related issues since last Tuesday.
"It's pretty unusual, pretty unusual for those concerns," said Price LeBlanc Toyota Customer Relations Manager Todd Hodges. His staff "didn't find any mechanical or electrical issues" after looking... more »
March 26, 2014 3:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Exxon Mobil is reporting a problem on their end with gasoline for vehicles. Testing is underway to determine what the problems are.
Drivers have reported issues with their vehicles in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette.
Exxon has reported the problem to the State Department... more »
February 27, 2014 11:40 AM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - A pipeline valve that was leaking gas and emitting a loud noise has been secured in Assumption Parish.
Acadian Gas reported the check valve on their pipeline opened Thursday morning. The noise could be heard throughout the community of Bayou Corne.
Workers were able to... more »
February 25, 2014 7:04 PM
EUNICE- Natural gas is believed to be spewing into the air in Acadia Parish after a well blowout Tuesday evening. Roads were closed and homes were evacuated.
People living near Highways 13 and 370 were told to leave. Those roads were also blocked since there is a fear of... more »
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 »
February 1, 2014 1:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The operator and federal regulators say the flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana's coast. EnVen Energy Ventures LLC and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that the flow was stopped about 7 p.m. Friday.... more »
January 30, 2014 10:29 PM
ZACHARY- Police said they have arrested a woman numerous times for huffing a compressed gas substance while operating a vehicle.
Angela Gipson, 34, was most recently arrested Thursday afternoon after she ran a red light, according to a police report obtained by WBRZ News 2.
The officer wrote... more »
January 7, 2014 5:52 PM
ZACHARY - Record breaking temperatures are taking their toll on Zachary's gas pipelines.
Residents are experiencing low gas pressure throughout the city. Mayor David Amrhein said it's from a combination of the cold and meeting the demand of a growing city. Some Zachary residents went without heat, hot water,... more »
December 20, 2013 11:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys suing oil and gas companies on behalf of a New Orleans-area levee board have agreed to modify their contract.
They would take less money if they suit is successful and have removed a part of the contract that critics have said give them too much... more »
December 2, 2013 11:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue hasn't been making sure oil and gas companies pay all their severance taxes, according to a new audit.
Legislative auditor Daryl Purpera says the state could be missing out on millions of dollars it is owed.
Oil and gas severance... 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 »
October 28, 2013 8:50 PM
ST. AMANT- Fire fighters and hazmat crews spent Monday night cleaning gasoline out of ditches near Highway 431 and Gold Place Road after a tanker truck leaked its load.
Pictures from the scene show the semi apparently hit a pole making a turn, causing the leak.
Chief James... more »
October 6, 2013 12:49 PM
CAMARILLO - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 14 cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.38. Midgrade costs an average of $3.58 a gallon, and premium is $3.71.... more »
September 16, 2013 4:20 PM
SORRENTO - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Ascension Parish man this weekend after they said he barricaded himself into his home and threatened them.
Deputies arrested Wesley Bowden, 33, of Sorrento after the incident Sunday night on Braud Street.
Chief Tony Bacala said it was initially reported as a... more »
September 9, 2013 3:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore endorses the lawsuit in a full-page advertisement in Monday editions of The Advocate newspaper.... more »
September 4, 2013 2:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police said they arrested a mother after she put her infant inside an ice chest with a gas can.
The woman's booking photo, commonly referred to as a "mug shot," was released by the jail Wednesday afternoon. Jami Jo Ranson remains in the custody of the East... more »
August 29, 2013 10:33 PM
GONZALES- The price of gas in Ascension Parish, and every parish in Louisiana, is rising.
Here, gas was about $3.40 Thursday. That was a one-cent increase overnight. Gonzales shared the same average as Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, and Hammond.
The national average was about $3.56.
The increase... more »
August 28, 2013 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Environmental and pubic interest groups are lashing out at Governor Jindal over his opposition to a lawsuit against oil and gas companies.
The lawsuit was filed last month by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, saying oil and gas activity contributed to the erosion of the... more »
August 16, 2013 4:12 PM
HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 13 this week to 1,791. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,397 rigs were exploring for oil and 388 for gas.... more »
August 15, 2013 5:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control board has declined to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal erosion, but is also raising the possibility that it might suspend at least some of its activity on the suit. Gov. Bobby Jindal and his coastal protection chief have... more »
August 15, 2013 10:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Supporters of a southeast Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies greeted the board with enthusiastic applause as its monthly meeting was gaveled to order. More than a dozen stood and applauded at Thursday's opening of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, which oversees... more »
August 14, 2013 11:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control official is likening the oil and gas industry in coastal Louisiana to rock stars who bring a lot of money to the area but, in his words, "trashed the hotel room." Stephen Estopinal was speaking in defense of an unprecedented lawsuit filed against... more »
July 29, 2013 4:39 PM
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO - A federal agency has announced plans for a panel investigation aimed at finding out what caused last week's gas well blowout off the Louisiana coast. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it will work closely with the Coast Guard to determine the... 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 12:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Air and water navigation restrictions remain in place around a natural gas well that blew wild and caught fire earlier this week about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement was expected Friday afternoon to announce the status of plans... more »
July 24, 2013 5:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a lawsuit filed by a flood protection board against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies is a "trial lawyer windfall." The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in state court in New Orleans Wednesday. The lawsuit says oil and... more »
July 24, 2013 12:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Officials in the oil and gas industry say they will vigorously defend against a lawsuit accusing companies of damaging hundreds of acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against hurricane flooding. A statement from Chris John, president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas... more »
July 23, 2013 11:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Wild well experts are expected to arrive soon at the site of a natural gas well blowing out of control in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast. Hercules Offshore Inc. operated the drilling rig where the blowout occurred. Jim Noe, a Hercules executive, said Tuesday evening... more »
July 17, 2013 9:36 PM
HAMMOND - Some people staying at a hotel are confused about why a tanker truck was releasing gas into the air in a parking lot.
"It sounded as if it was an airplane crashing, extremely loud, high decibel level," Jeffrey Hines said. He was staying at the hotel off... more »
July 12, 2013 2:59 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A gas well that started leaking several days ago in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast has been sealed. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said Friday that Energy Resource Technology, LLC, a day earlier began the sealing... more »
July 11, 2013 12:14 PM
PORT FOURCHON - Federal officials say they have approved plans to seal a gas well that began leaking Monday in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles southwest of Port Fourchon on the southeast Louisiana coast. Eileen Angelico, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says drilling fluid... more »
July 10, 2013 10:23 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Crews are working to seal an old oil and gas well off the Louisiana coast that began leaking during work to plug it permanently. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says the bureau is reviewing plans to seal the well. She... more »
July 5, 2013 6:43 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- New regulations allowed by the Supreme Court on the amount of ethanol in gasoline could cause problems for boaters.
The EPA approved an increase from 10 to 15 percent ethanol in consumer gasoline.
Boat mechanics were already experiencing problems from the lower ethanol blend and now they... more »
July 3, 2013 6:10 PM
DUTCHTOWN- Ascension Parish deputies arrested a couple from Violet, after patrols spotted their suspicious van stealing diesel early Tuesday morning.
Deputies charged Brandon Angelety, 32, and his wife, Jairomeora Angelety, 30, with felony theft of diesel fuel.
Investigators said the pair were first spotted on surveillance footage at... more »
June 30, 2013 10:45 AM
KAMPALA, Uganda - A spokesman for Ugandan police says a gas tanker explosion has killed 29 people and left scores more badly burned. Police spokesman Ibn Senkumbi said the gas tanker exploded after colliding with a car late Saturday on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Most of the... more »
June 18, 2013 2:22 PM
BENTON- Hazardous materials crews are on the scene of a gas spill in Bossier Parish. Lt. Bill Davis of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office says it happened just before noon at an Exxon gas station on Highway 3 at Highway 162. KTBS-TV reports a motorist apparently hit a hose attached... 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 »
May 21, 2013 2:50 PM
PINEVILLE - Cleco Corp. is sending a 34-member crew to Oklahoma City to help Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company restore power to customers after a tornado destroyed its electric system. The crew is expected to arrive in Oklahoma on Wednesday. Cleco's mutual assistance coordinator, Floyd Pittman, says after seeing the... more »
May 19, 2013 4:14 PM
CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 11 cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.66. Midgrade costs an average of $3.84 a gallon, and premium is... more »
May 13, 2013 5:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested one man and issued two misdemeanor summons after they said a family was attacked at a Baton Rouge gas station this weekend and told they were in the "wrong neighborhood."
Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said Baton Rouge Police arrested Donald Dickerson on suspicion of second-degree... more »
April 9, 2013 3:38 PM
CENTRAL - Authorities closed a portion of Sullivan Road in Central this afternoon when they said a natural gas line broke.
Derek Glover with Central Fire said a four-inch pipe broke or bent in three places and spilled some gas near Sullivan Road.
They closed Sullivan between Brent... more »
April 3, 2013 10:54 AM
BAYOU CORNE - An unknown gas has been found under the slabs of two homes and a workshop near the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
The parish said Texas Brine contractors confirmed that gas was present under the slab of the homes on Sauce Piquante Lane north of Highway 70 in... more »