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  • City's gas station takeover saves residents at the pump Play Video

    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 »
  • Gas prices make Louisiana ideal spot for summer vacation

    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 »
  • Sheriff: minimal damage from well leak

    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 »
  • Crisis in Iraq could affect you at the pump Play Video

    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 »
  • Jindal replaces flood board lawsuit supporter

    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 »
  • Inmates missing after Florida jail blast found

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Brusly chief indicted for theft, malfeasance Play Video

    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 »
  • Gas prices rise by 5 cents in past 2 weeks

    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 »
  • Customers being reimbursed for bad gas Play Video

    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 »
  • Mechanic: Bad gas problem not an expensive fix Play Video

    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 »
  • ExxonMobil mum about where dirty fuel was shipped Play Video

    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 »
  • Bayou Corne sinkhole swallows 6 more trees Play Video

    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 »
  • Drivers raise a stink about bad gas Play Video

    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 »
  • Exxon investigating reports of bad gas Play Video

    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 »
  • Leaking gas pipeline secured in Assumption Parish

    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 »
  • Gas well blowout forces evacuations

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Gas no longer escaping from rig off La. coast

    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 »
  • Woman arrested numerous times for "huffing"

    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 »
  • Many without gas due to record cold temps Play Video

    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 »
  • Oil and gas lawsuit contract modified

    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 »
  • Audit: State falls short in severance tax review

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Gas spill requires overnight attention

    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 »
  • US gas prices drop 14 cents over past 2 weeks

    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 »
  • Deputies use gas, arrest armed suspect

    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 »
  • Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

    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 »
  • Jail releases mug shot of mom accused of leaving child with gas can

    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 »
  • Gas rising for extended weekend

    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 »
  • Groups protest Jindal opposition to oil and gas lawsuit

    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 »
  • US rig count up 13 this week to 1,791

    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 »
  • Flood board votes to continue oil & gas lawsuit

    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 »
  • Oil & gas suit likely topic at flood board meeting

    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 »
  • Flood official: oil companies 'trashed the hotel room'

    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 »
  • Federal agency to probe blown Gulf well

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Restrictions remain around blown out gas well

    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 »
  • Jindal demands flood board drop coastal lawsuit

    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 »
  • Oil and gas industry will fight coastal protection lawsuit

    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 »
  • 44 rescued from Gulf rig after natural gas blowout

    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 »
  • People question why truck was spraying substance into the air Play Video

    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 »
  • Company seals leak at gas well off Louisiana coast

    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 »
  • Plan to seal leaking well gets federal OK

    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 »
  • Crews working to seal leaking well off La. coast

    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 »
  • Boat owners could face problems with new regulations Play Video

    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 »
  • Diesel thieves "hacked" fuel pumps Play Video

    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 »
  • Police: 29 killed in Uganda gas tanker explosion

    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 »
  • 200 gallons of gas spilled in Bossier Parish

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Cleco sends crews to help in wake of OKC tornado

    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 »
  • US gas prices up 11 cents over past 2 weeks

    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 »
  • Family attacked, told they were in the "wrong neighborhood"

    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 »
  • Road back open after gas main breaks in Central

    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 »
  • Gas found under homes near sinkhole

    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 »
  • EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas

    March 29, 2013 9:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing a reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tightened emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017. The new rule would come with costs as well as rewards. The cost at the pump for cleaner air across the country could be less than a... more »
  • US rig count increases by 2 this week to 1,748

    March 28, 2013 4:55 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 two this week to 1,748. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report that 1,354 rigs were exploring for oil and 389 for gas. Five... more »
  • Shell to build natural gas plant in Geismar

    March 5, 2013 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shell and its affiliates plan to build a small-scale, natural gas-liquefaction plant in Geismar and one in Canada that will provide fuel for commercial customers. The company said Tuesday it will install the Louisiana unit, which will supply LNG along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal... more »
  • Price of gas could impact Baker Police Department Play Video

    March 1, 2013 5:54 PM

    BAKER - Fast-rising gas prices hit small town police departments so hard, some place are having trouble keeping cops on the road. Baker Police has 35 units and filling them up is starting to break the bank. The department's gas budget is $160,000, and 75 percent of that has... more »
  • DEQ searching for source of school-closing smell Play Video

    February 8, 2013 5:56 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - Parents said they were frightened to hear a gas leak closed their children's school today in north Baton Rouge. Lucille McKnight said she received a phone call about 10:30 a.m. Friday with a recorded message from Crestworth Elementary telling her there was a gas leak, and parents... more »
  • Gasoline prices get early start on spring surge

    February 1, 2013 5:40 AM

    NEW YORK - Gasoline prices are getting an early start on their annual spring march higher. The average retail price rose 13 cents over the past two weeks to $3.42 per gallon, and within a few days it will likely set a record for this time of year. ... more »
  • LSP: Driver who hit restaurant had suspended license

    January 22, 2013 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities filed charges today against the man who ran into an East Baton Rouge restaurant and broke a gas line this week. State Police said Anthony Guidry, 25, of Port Allen was cited for reckless operation, having no insurance, and driving a vehicle while his license... 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 »
  • Algeria: Army rescues hostages, toll unclear

    January 17, 2013 3:32 PM

    ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian special forces launched a rescue operation Thursday at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert and freed foreign hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants, but estimates for the number of dead varied wildly from four to dozens. Militants claiming revenge for France's intervention against rebels in... more »
  • $1.3B natural gas-to-gasoline plant planned for LC

    January 16, 2013 3:57 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - G2X Energy Inc. of Houston says it plans a $1.3 billion plant to turn natural gas into gasoline at the Port of Lake Charles. Louisiana Economic Development said Tuesday it would create 243 jobs averaging $66,500 a year. They say G2X will lease 200 acres... more »
  • Gas prices staying down as 2013 starts

    January 7, 2013 10:33 AM

    NEW YORK - U.S. drivers are hoping 2013 doesn't start off like 2012 at the gas pump. So far, so good. Gasoline now averages $3.30 a gallon, up about half a penny since Jan. 1. A year ago, gas rose about 10 cents in the first week or so because... more »
  • Storm hosts Rose Parade show after fiery accident

    January 1, 2013 6:06 PM

    PASADENA, Calif. - Hannah Storm was back on the air Tuesday, hosting the Rose Parade telecast three weeks after a propane gas grill accident left the ESPN anchor with first- and second-degree burns to her face, hands, chest and neck. Storm lost roughly half her hair in the accident Dec.... more »
  • CDC: Language barrier caused chlorine gas leak

    December 6, 2012 12:25 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a chlorine gas leak at an Arkansas poultry plant last year that sickened nearly 200 people occurred because a worker couldn't read English. The CDC said in a report released Thursday that a Spanish-speaking worker at the Tyson... more »
  • Man accused of attacking gas pump

    December 4, 2012 11:49 AM

    HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies say a Houma man accused of attacking an uncooperative gasoline pump has been booked with criminal property damage. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputies tell The Courier 27-year-old Sean Charles Oshea told officers he pulled up to the gas station at Sam's Club in Houma Sunday night and... more »
  • Oil and gas deduction could be key to onshore drilling Play Video

    November 28, 2012 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana oil and gas representatives say a tax deduction dating back seven or eight decades could help jumpstart onshore oil activity. The break allows companies to deduct a percentage of their income as costs. It is an annual break of 22 percent for certain properties. Mid Continent... more »
  • Gulf oil tracts up for bid

    November 28, 2012 8:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The government will auction off leases Wednesday on about 20 million acres of ocean bottom available for oil and gas production in the western Gulf of Mexico. The tracts range from 9 to up to 250 miles offshore. The last sale of western Gulf lease... more »
  • Mass. gas firm president: We'll make things right

    November 26, 2012 5:25 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A Massachusetts company whose worker breached a gas line that led to a massive explosion in one of New England's biggest cities says it'll do whatever it takes to return things to normal. Friday's explosion in downtown Springfield damaged 42 buildings housing businesses and residences. The gas... more »
  • Gas explosion reported in downtown Springfield Play Video

    November 23, 2012 5:35 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Authorities say a natural gas explosion in one of New England's biggest cities has destroyed two buildings but hasn't killed anyone. They say firefighters and gas company workers are among more than a dozen injured people. The explosion in a downtown area of Springfield blew out all... more »
  • No new hydrogen sulfide problems at sinkhole site

    November 23, 2012 10:18 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Authorities report no new problems with poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas near a large sinkhole in Assumption Parish. A relief well near the sinkhole was shut down after hydrogen sulfide emissions were detected. However, the Shaw Group reports that no similar problems have been found in testing of... more »
  • Scientists release more about lethal gas discovered at sinkhole site

    November 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    BAYOU CORNE- Scientists keeping watch over a sinkhole in Assumption Parish believe everything is under control, after a week of concern since deadly gas was discovered in a vent well. Monitoring devices warned of hydrogen sulfide on Monday. Tuesday, the vent was closed. Thursday, experts updated the situation... more »
  • More seismic activity reported at sinkhole

    November 21, 2012 10:03 PM

    BAYOU CORNE- The trouble continues around a sinkhole in Assumption Parish. First, dangerous gas was discovered in the area Monday. Then, more shaking overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Leaders reported that seismic activity increased. Experts aren't sure of the cause. The sinkhole developed over the summer. Hydrogen... more »
  • Dangerous gas encountered at sinkhole vent well

    November 20, 2012 6:01 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Workers setting up a vent well near an Assumption Parish sinkhole encountered a dangerous gas and shut down operations, according to the parish police jury. They said the workers drilled the well into the top of a salt dome near the sinkhole, and began venting it... more »
  • Texas Brine seeks OK from residents for monitoring gear

    November 15, 2012 8:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Permission slips being distributed to residents in Bayou Corne area will allow Texas Brine to install equipment to mitigate any dangers that might be posed by underground methane gas. The state Office of Conservation directed the company to install methane monitors and ventilation systems to avoid... more »
  • State orders Texas Brine to take further sinkhole steps

    November 12, 2012 6:41 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - State conservation officials issued a series of orders today for Texas Brine to follow as they continue to clean up a sinkhole which formed on their property in Assumption Parish. State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh ordered the company to install a network of observation and... more »
  • Gasoline up a bit in NY area, but down elsewhere

    November 5, 2012 12:28 PM

    NEW YORK - Drivers in the New York area are spending a lot more time getting gas. Thankfully, they're not spending a lot more money. Gas prices on average have risen just 3 cents in New York and 7 cents in New Jersey. While Superstorm Sandy disrupted supplies, it also... more »
  • Sandy victims to get free gasoline from feds

    November 3, 2012 10:12 AM

    NEW YORK- People here recovering from Superstorm Sandy will receive free gas, on the Federal Government's dime. Gasoline will be distributed with a 10-gallon per-person limit. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday morning that the U.S. Department of Defense will set up emergency mobile fuel stations around... more »
  • New York skyline to be lit up again tonight

    November 2, 2012 3:55 PM

    NEW YORK - For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck at the start of the week, the Manhattan skyline is expected to be mostly lit up tonight. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the utility Con Edison is hoping to have most of Manhattan's outages resolved by midnight. But the progress... more »
  • More expensive gas pushes US consumer prices up

    October 16, 2012 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - Higher gas costs drove up U.S. consumer prices in September for the second straight month. But outside energy, there was little sign of inflation. The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent in September, matching the August increase. In the past... more »
  • Release of 'winter-blend' gas could reduce Calif. prices

    October 8, 2012 3:01 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - State air pollution regulators say they do not expect California's air quality to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend of gasoline to help slash record-high pump prices. The California Air Resources Board on Monday said the last time the state... more »
  • Calif. refinery back online amid soaring prices

    October 5, 2012 2:49 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A Southern California refinery that suffered a power outage that helped send gas prices soaring is back online. ExxonMobil spokeswoman Rachael Moore said Friday that the refinery in Torrance resumed normal operations and would be able to meet all of its contractual commitments. Analysts say... more »
  • RaceTrac apologizes, offers help after fuel switch

    September 27, 2012 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The RaceTrac chain of gas stations released a statement today apologizing for a mistake which caused some people to pump diesel fuel into their gas-burning vehicles. Company spokesperson Dayna Reed said early the morning of Sept. 22 their fuel carrier mistakenly pumped diesel into the regular... more »

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