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  • Environmental groups say settlement not final in Gulf oil leak lawsuit

    August 27, 2015 1:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmental groups say they're pleased at the progress of talks with a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's too early to talk about potential settlements. Taylor Energy Co. said Thursday it has reached... more »
  • BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

    August 20, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Clusters of municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for economic damage after the company's 2010 oil spill. This week, BP finished making approximately $687 million in settlement payments to... more »
  • Officials say there's still interest in Gulf oil

    August 19, 2015 1:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal and trade group officials say there's still interest in Gulf of Mexico oil and gas, despite low figures from Wednesday's lease sale for tracts off the Texas coast. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management official Mike Celata says the bureau is not considering a cut in... more »
  • $140M in conservation work proposed for Gulf of Mexico

    August 13, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ten watersheds around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico - from Florida to Texas - are being looked at as sites for $140 million in proposed conservation projects under a plan to restore the Gulf from BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill. This money comes from... more »
  • Gulf of Mexico dead zone 11th biggest, bigger than predicted

    August 4, 2015 6:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Scientists say the Gulf of Mexico area with too little oxygen to keep sea creatures alive is the 11th largest measured and nearly 18 percent bigger than predicted. They say the reason is that heavy June rains throughout the Mississippi River watershed carried nutrient-rich runoff from... more »
  • State marking ten years since Katrina, Rita

    July 30, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials said as Louisiana marks ten years since hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted the Gulf coast they're drawing attention to the recovery work that's been done. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness created a website which offers a complete look at Louisiana's... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on the BP settlement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2015 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Just a few weeks ago, state officials announced Louisiana would be getting $6.8 billion from the lawsuit with BP over the 2010 oil spill. This morning, Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In to break down what this money means for the state. Five billion dollars of... more »
  • Baton Rouge accepts $2.1 million settlement from BP

    July 15, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge agreed to accept a settlement of $2.14 million dollars from BP for economic losses caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set a July 15 deadline for local governments to... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

    July 7, 2015 5:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled Tuesday that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led... more »
  • Oil spill claims assistance centers officially closing Friday

    June 19, 2015 6:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gulf Coast claims centers that were established to assist people in filing claims under a settlement for property and economic damages from the 2010 BP oil spill are officially closing. Friday's closure comes nearly two weeks after the June 8 deadline for filing claims. Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau... more »
  • Louisiana reopens waters closed after 2010 oil spill

    June 10, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators have reopened state waters in the Gulf of Mexico that were previously closed because of oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in a news release Tuesday, said the 100-yard buffer from any shoreline in a... more »
  • Work gears up on Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee project

    June 3, 2015 5:11 AM

    HOUMA- Work is moving ahead to complete the central part of a levee system to protect Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Bids for roughly $21 million of levee work are expected to go out this week for the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system. Reggie Dupre, the Terrebonne Parish Levee District director, said the... more »
  • Trial set for ex-BP executive accused of obstructing probe

    June 1, 2015 4:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal trial is set to begin in New Orleans for a former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill. David Rainey has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed the investigation, and that he made false statements about his... more »
  • Body of missing 16-year-old swimmer found in Grand Isle

    May 26, 2015 5:10 AM

    GRAND ISLE- The body of a 16-year-old boy was recovered in Grand Isle after he went missing Sunday afternoon while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Grand Isle Police Chief Euris Dubois says the body was recovered about 2:30 p.m., about 15 minutes after he was reported missing to the... more »
  • Once vilified, BP now getting credit for Gulf tourism boom

    May 25, 2015 11:29 AM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - Tourism hasn't only recovered on the Gulf Coast five years after the BP oil spill - industry officials say it's surging. And they credit fallout from the environmental disaster as being part of the reason why. BP spent more than $230 million promoting tourism after the... more »
  • Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

    May 23, 2015 2:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a fire on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast is out. Petty Officer Carlos Vega said the fire in Breton Sound was extinguished around 6 a.m. Saturday. The fire had been reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday by an offshore supply vessel that... more »
  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885

    May 22, 2015 1:27 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 659 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were listed... more »
  • US Judge: Gulf oil spill records can't be kept secret

    May 20, 2015 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal magistrate judge has rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against Taylor Energy Co., which... more »
  • Federal study of dolphin deaths after BP spill due

    May 20, 2015 4:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The results of a federal study into possible links between BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill and a spate of dolphin deaths since the spill is set to be released Wednesday. The study is part of a wide-ranging assessment of ecological damage caused by the spill. Federal scientists have... more »
  • US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years

    May 15, 2015 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - Government estimates obtained by The Associated Press show a decade-old oil leak could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked. Taylor Energy Company owned a drilling platform that was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. It has played down... more »
  • Gulf anglers at odds over new rules for prized fish

    May 8, 2015 1:46 PM

    DESTIN, Fla. - New rules for catching prized red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico have anglers at odds with one another across the region. Federal officials recently announced that for-hire charter boats will be able to catch snapper for 44 days when the season opens June 1. But recreational... more »
  • Louisiana's inshore shrimp season to open May 18

    May 8, 2015 5:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says state inshore waters will open for shrimping at 6 a.m. May 18. Most outside waters are already open. So are the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds. The May 18 opening covers inside waters and state outside waters out to... more »
  • VIDEO: Explorers get close encounter with sperm whale off Louisiana coast check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2015 1:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A crew exploring the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana had a rare glimpse of life under the sea this week when a curious sperm whale swam up to their underwater probes. Underwater cameras caught the entire exchange Tuesday between the whale and the remote-operated vehicles, or... more »
  • US: Man pleads guilty in oil spill fraud case

    December 4, 2014 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with claims arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors said English worked as... more »
  • 2 bodies found in Gulf of Mexico crash search area

    June 12, 2014 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard says a dive team has found two bodies in the area being searched for a helicopter that sank Wednesday. However, Petty Officer Bill Colclough said Thursday he does not know if the bodies are those of the two people who were in the helicopter. Officials... more »
  • Coast Guard stops search for missing crewman

    November 12, 2013 8:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has given up its search for a missing crewman. The man went overboard in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday about 60 miles southwest of Port Fourchon from the Dustin Danos, operated by Raceland-based Gulf Offshore Logistics. The Coast Guard says it stopped... more »
  • Gulf platform owner sued over deadly 2012 blast

    October 30, 2013 2:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A Filipino worker who was severely burned in a deadly explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico last year is suing the platform's owner and operator. Lawyers for Renato Dominguez filed the suit against Houston-based Black Elk Energy LLC in a county court in Galveston,... more »
  • Divers find body of missing platform worker

    October 29, 2013 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Divers have found the body of a missing oil platform worker at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, near the platform that sits in 100 feet of water about 55 miles offshore. The body, recovered Tuesday, is believed to be that of 38-year-old Peter Voces, a... more »
  • USCG: Crewman missing off platform

    October 28, 2013 12:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard and other offshore vessels are looking for man who went missing from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. The Coast Guard said 38-year-old Peter Voces was last seen wearing an orange work vest, jeans and a brown shirt when he... more »
  • Louisiana shrimp "red listed" by seafood program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A seafood watch program "red listed" Louisiana shrimp and recommends that people avoid the shrimp for now. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program recommends which seafood items are "best choices," "good alternatives" or items that people should "avoid." Shrimp caught and harvested in Louisiana... more »
  • Karen dissipates!

    October 6, 2013 10:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Sunday morning, what was left of Karen finally fell apart. Karen has dissipated, according to meteorologists who have spent the last 48 hours closely watching the pesky storm. Satellite imagery indicated that the center was no longer well defined. What is left of the storm still... more »
  • For Karen, be prepared but not scared check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 3, 2013 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Tropical Storm Karen approaches the Gulf Coast, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is gearing up for any situation. The emergency operations center isn't too busy right now, but it can be filled with crews of responders in a matter of seconds.... more »
  • Tropical Storm Karen forms in the Gulf of Mexico

    October 3, 2013 8:19 AM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and a hurricane watch is in effect along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning. It was about 485 miles south of the mouth... more »
  • Higher shrimp import duties from 5 countries nixed

    September 22, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Shrimp processors have lost a call for higher duties on frozen shrimp imported from five countries - China, Vietnam, Ecuador, India and Malaysia. The U.S. International Trade Commission rejected the proposal 4-2 Friday, saying the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries failed to present strong evidence that the... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to $200,000 fine

    September 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge accepted the plea deal today. Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It comes after data was deleted for 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 »
  • BP urges court to toss judge's settlement approval

    August 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful. Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    August 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... 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 »
  • 3 prosecutors ask out of ex-BP engineer's case

    August 22, 2013 7:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three Justice Department prosecutors have asked to withdraw from the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A Justice Department spokesman said Wednesday's request to withdraw Derek Cohen,... more »
  • New bluefin tuna rules proposed in Atlantic, Gulf

    August 21, 2013 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Boats using surface fishing lines with miles of baited hooks would get individual limits for bluefin tuna under rules proposed to end the practice of dumping dead bluefin caught on hooks meant for other species. Most of those quotas would come from other groups, from commercial anglers... more »
  • Scattered to numerous showers and storms today

    August 21, 2013 6:47 AM

    Get ready for a soggy afternoon! Louisiana is sitting between to areas of high pressure. This causes a weakness to develop over us, and that leads to rain. Additionally, there is a weak area of upper-level low pressure associated with an easterly wave/tropical wave moving west across the Northern Gulf... more »
  • Shrimpers head out for season's start

    August 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    GOLDEN MEADOW - Shrimpers across south Louisiana say they are ready for the start of the white shrimp season. About 60 percent of the shrimp harvested in the U.S. comes from the Gulf of Mexico. The total domestic shrimp harvest brought in $518 million in 2011. The Courier reports the... more »
  • BP cites new fraud allegations in spill settlement

    August 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing Monday, BP... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Gulf 'dead zone' above average but not near record

    July 29, 2013 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - This summer's "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, where there's so little oxygen that starfish suffocate, is bigger than average but not the predicted near-record. Scientists led by Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium say the area of low oxygen, called hypoxia, covers 5,840... more »
  • Scientists collect water near site of blown well

    July 29, 2013 10:18 AM

    NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO - Scientists are trying to figure out if a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers gathered water samples about five miles from the rig Saturday. That's as close as Coast Guard officials allowed... more »
  • Lots going on near well that caught fire last week

    July 28, 2013 7:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say gas detectors and automatic, high-capacity water hoses are being installed on a drilling rig where a natural gas well caught fire last week. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says another jack-up rig is being readied to drill a relief well to permanently... 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 »
  • Halliburton has incentive to cut another deal

    July 26, 2013 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has resolved a Justice Department criminal probe of its role in the Gulf oil spill by agreeing to pay a $200,000 fine and admitting it destroyed evidence, but the company still has a powerful incentive to cut another deal with businesses and residents. The plea agreement... 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 »
  • Fire out at natural gas well off La. coast

    July 25, 2013 12:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An official with the company that owns a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig that caught fire after a natural gas blowout says the rig appears stable now that the fire is out. He also says there was no sign of an oil sheen on the water during... more »
  • Sediment clogs wild natural gas well in the Gulf

    July 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe. In a Thursday news release, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the well "bridged... 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 »
  • Experts say environmental risk from blowout small

    July 24, 2013 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Experts say the blowout and fire at a natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana won't necessarily pose much of an environmental risk. For one thing, officials say they're seeing no sheens near the well during flyovers of the area. That indicates that gas is burning... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Judge urged to let BP settlement payments continue

    July 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A team of plaintiffs' lawyers has urged a federal judge to reject BP's bid to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. In a court filing Thursday, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with... more »
  • Red snapper: 11M lb total catch OK'd, Oct. 1 rec

    July 17, 2013 4:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has voted to increase this year's red snapper quota by 2.5 million pounds and to start a recreational season Oct. 1 if the catch so far allows it. The council increased this year's quota on Wednesday from 8.46 million to... more »
  • Supplemental red snapper season likely in Gulf

    July 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Scientists say one of the most popular fish in the Gulf of Mexico has rebounded enough to allow a second season for red snapper this year. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets in New Orleans on Wednesday to consider increased fishing quotas and a supplemental... more »
  • Study: Oil in Gulf likely came from rig wreckage

    July 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A team of researchers has concluded that pockets of oil trapped in the wreckage of the sunken Deepwater Horizon are the likely source of oil sheens that have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the deadly 2010 explosion on the BP-leased drilling... more »
  • Temporary plug set in well that leaked last week

    July 15, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say a well that seeped natural gas for much of last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that Energy Resource Technology LLC used a "bridge plug" to isolate the... more »
  • Fisheries officials: Below-average shrimp season

    July 10, 2013 10:58 AM

    HOUMA - Federal fisheries officials are predicting a below-average brown shrimp season for the next year in waters off Louisiana and federal waters off Louisiana and Texas. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issue an annual prediction of brown shrimp catches based on monitoring juvenile population numbers, growth... 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 »
  • Study urges spending on coastal restoration

    July 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study says wildlife tourism is a $19 billion industry along the Gulf Coast and urges states to focus spending of settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill on restoring sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others in business. The study, commissioned by the... more »
  • Appeals court hearing BP challenge on spill claims

    July 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for BP PLC says "irreparable injustices" are taking place because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making settlement payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ted Olson argued Monday in a packed courtroom before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... more »
  • Trial delayed for ex-BP executive in spill probe

    July 3, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Wednesday to give... more »
  • Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

    July 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday... more »
  • Coast Guard taps new Gulf cleanup coordinator

    July 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new Coast Guard official has been assigned to coordinate the federal government's cleanup efforts following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that Capt. Thomas Sparks has taken over as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident... more »
  • Judge: Determining size of BP spill no "easy task"

    June 27, 2013 5:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge presiding over a trial arising from the nation's worst offshore oil spill says it could be difficult to determine how much crude spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's busted well in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier noted during a hearing Thursday... more »
  • BP mounts ad campaign in spill settlement dispute

    June 25, 2013 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is placing a full-page advertisement in three of the nation's largest newspapers as the company mounts an aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The ad scheduled to... more »
  • BP calls for independent probe of claims lawyer

    June 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is calling for an independent probe of allegations of misconduct against a lawyer working for the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement of Gulf oil spill claims. The lawyer is accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had... more »
  • Tropical Storm Barry weakens, dumps rain on Mexico

    June 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    MIAMI - What was once Tropical Storm Barry has weakened to a depression after making landfall in Mexico, but deadly flash floods and mudslides remain a threat. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Barry made landfall Thursday morning. It was moving west over land and lost its tropical... more »
  • Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall in Mexico

    June 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Barry has made landfall in Mexico, threatening deadly flash floods and mudslides as it moves inland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Barry made landfall Thursday morning. It was forecast to continue moving west over land for the next day or so before weakening... more »
  • Dead zone predictions much less spread than 2012

    June 18, 2013 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Scientists in Michigan and Louisiana are predicting a big summer "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. In the Chesapeake Bay, a smaller than average dead zone is expected. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released predictions Tuesday for areas with too little oxygen to support life.... more »
  • Constitutional limits on oil spill money fails

    June 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attempts to limit Gulf Coast oil spill penalty money to coastal restoration in the Louisiana Constitution failed to gain legislative passage for a second year in a row. Disagreements continue over just how tightly the dollars should be restricted. Rep. Simone Champagne of Erath says she wants... more »
  • End of BP cleaning crews leaves questions on Gulf

    June 16, 2013 10:24 AM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - Environmental advocates and others are questioning the decision to quit using crews to look for tar balls left by the BP oil spill on Gulf Coast beaches in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. The patrols ended this month as coastal monitoring reverted to the way it operated... more »
  • 20 safe after vessel hits platform, sinks in Gulf

    June 14, 2013 4:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials say an offshore supply boat struck a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and sank after all 20 people aboard were transferred safely to another boat. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ivan Barnes says none of the 16 passengers or four crew members on... more »
  • US rig count up 6 this week to 1,771

    June 14, 2013 3:03 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 six this week to 1,771. The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 1,413 rigs were exploring for oil and 353 for gas.... more »
  • Cleanup work after BP oil spill ending in 3 states

    June 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says cleanup work is ending in three of the states affected by the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant said Monday that the Coast Guard is concluding "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the... more »
  • Forecasters say Andrea will make wet slog in SE, East

    June 6, 2013 5:24 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Andrea has made landfall with winds of about 65 mph but the storm isn't likely to reach hurricane force. And while it won't have destructive winds, it does pose a threat from isolated flooding and storm surge before it loses steam over the next... more »
  • First tropical storm of the season, Andrea, forms

    June 5, 2013 5:14 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say the first named storm of Atlantic season, Tropical Storm Andrea, has formed over the Gulf of Mexico. A news release from the National Hurricane Center in Miami says a reconnaissance aircraft spotted a well-defined area of circulation over the central Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon.... more »
  • NOAA: 28-day red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico

    June 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators have set a 28-day recreational season for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, adding days in federal waters off Louisiana, Texas and Florida and cutting days off of Mississippi and Alabama. The uniform season is required because a federal judge found that regulators illegally... more »
  • Oil spill restoration overseers release draft plan

    May 27, 2013 8:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- There's now a draft plan for using fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to restore the Gulf Coast's natural resources and economy. The document released Thursday doesn't include two items required by federal law: a 10-year allocation plan or a three-year priority list of projects... more »
  • Bryant: $69M more from BP for Gulf restoration

    May 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - BP PLC has agreed to pay $69 million more for restoration projects for the Mississippi Gulf Coast following, says Gov. Phil Bryant. The money is part of $1 billion the oil giant agreed two years ago to pay for early restoration work after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon... more »
  • Oil spill judge: What is gross negligence?

    April 24, 2013 6:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The judge who will allocate responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has told lawyers to give him their views about whether a series of negligent acts can add up to gross negligence. The Justice Department and private plaintiffs' attorneys contend that BP PLC acted... more »
  • BP manager testifies at trial over Gulf oil spill

    April 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn't have any safety concerns before the deadly blast. John Guide was the first witness to... more »
  • Group: Dolphin, turtle deaths a sign of sick Gulf

    April 2, 2013 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A prominent environmental group says continuing deaths of dolphins and sea turtles are a sign that the Gulf of Mexico is still feeling effects from the 2010 oil spill. National Wildlife Federation scientist Doug Inkley said Tuesday the deaths - especially in dolphins, which are at the... more »
  • Oil spill trial to resume today

    April 2, 2013 8:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Legal proceedings in the 2010 deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster is scheduled to resume Tuesday with testimony expected from a Halliburton employee who was on the rig when it exploded. Jesse Gagliano worked on the failed cement job that led to BP's well blowout. He was interviewed by... more »
  • Oil platform owner sued over deadly blast in Gulf

    March 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Relatives of two victims of a deadly explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico are suing the platform's owner and operator. A federal lawsuit filed Monday by Ellroy Corporal's widow accuses Houston-based Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC of negligently exposing workers to dangerous conditions.... more »

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