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  • Mermaid statue to rise as memorial to those lost at sea

    July 30, 2017 12:30 PM

    PORT FOURCHON - Before the year is over, a 16-foot-tall statue of a mermaid rising from the water will stand on Louisiana's waterfront as a memorial to all who have died at sea. A woman whose son was lost diving in the Gulf of Mexico worked with families... more »
  • Feds reject 10 of 163 high bids in oil lease sale as too low

    June 27, 2017 9:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government says it has rejected 10 high bids from the most recent Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale as too low, while accepting 153 other high bids submitted in March. The Bureau of Ocean Energy management said in a news release Tuesday that... more »
  • Biloxi will get another $1M for rebuilt museum after Katrina

    June 10, 2017 12:48 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - Federal officials will give a Mississippi Gulf Coast city an additional $1 million to pay for a rebuilt museum destroyed by 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has ruled in favor of Biloxi in a dispute over funding for the Maritime and Seafood... more »
  • Coast Guard suspends search for diver off Louisiana coast

    June 5, 2017 1:26 PM

    CAMERON - The U.S. Coast Guard said it has suspended the search for a diver who went missing off Louisiana's Gulf coast. Coast Guard officials say they called off the search Sunday evening for the diver, who had been missing since Friday afternoon about 35 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana.... more »
  • Coast Guard searching for missing person off Louisiana coast

    May 29, 2017 4:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Coast Guard officials say a tug boat has sunk off the coast of Louisiana and a crew member is missing. The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans says in a statement that it received a report around 5 a.m. Monday that the tug vessel Crosby Commander was... more »
  • Body found on beach along Mississippi's Gulf coast

    May 27, 2017 1:19 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - Police on Mississippi's Gulf coast are investigating after a body was found on the beach. WLOX-TV reports that the body was found Saturday morning in the sand near the water's edge in Biloxi. Police didn't immediately say how the man died or release his name. The television... more »
  • Gulf Coast anglers plan protest against fishing limits

    May 23, 2017 2:49 PM

    ORANGE BEACH - Recreational anglers along the Gulf Coast are planning floating protests against strict federal limits on red snapper fishing. Demonstrations are being organized in fishing ports in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi for June 4. That's the day after the federal three-day fishing season ends for red snapper, one... more »
  • Coast Guard ends search of Gulf for cruise ship crewmember

    April 25, 2017 8:24 PM

    GALVESTON, Texas - The Coast Guard is giving up its search of a section of the Gulf of Mexico for a crewmember missing from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. In a statement, the Coast Guard says it suspended its search for Norman DeCastro around midday Tuesday. That was after it... more »
  • Gulf Coast oil lease sale public meetings scheduled

    April 1, 2017 3:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government will hold five public meetings around the Gulf Coast to get comments about air quality modeling and analysis for proposed region-wide oil lease sales next year. The Bureau of Ocean Energy management says the modeling results have not yet been reviewed. The open house-style... more »
  • Alabama releases red snapper statistics

    February 19, 2017 1:36 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama wildlife officials say the federal government is still overestimating the amount of red snapper caught in the Gulf of Mexico. A new report from the Alabama Marine Resources Division says a mandatory state reporting program estimates the state's charter boats and private recreational anglers caught about... more »
  • Experts: Fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises remain

    February 6, 2017 10:25 PM

    MEXICO CITY - International experts studying Mexico's endangered vaquita porpoise have determined that fewer than 30 remain in the upper Gulf of California, the only place they live. The experts and the Mexican government have drawn up plans to catch the few remaining vaquitas and enclose them in pens for... more »
  • Oyster season to reopen in part of Harvest Areas 3, 4

    January 29, 2017 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet will reopen on Tuesday. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that area, within Harvest Areas 3 and 4, opens at one-half hour before... more »
  • Casino developers reapply to build 2 new casinos along Miss. Gulf Coast

    January 22, 2017 2:27 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - An official says that developers have reapplied to build two casinos along the Mississippi Gulf Coast whose proposed sites were previously rejected by gaming commissioners. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, tells The Sun-Herald that developers RW Development and Jacobs Entertainment have reapplied. RW... more »
  • Feds: Natural gas leaking from pipeline in Gulf of Mexico

    January 19, 2017 4:50 PM

    CAMERON - Federal regulators say a pipeline is leaking natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to the leak in waters roughly 30 miles southwest of Cameron, Louisiana. It was reported... more »
  • Coast Guard, good Samaritans help burning ship in the gulf

    January 16, 2017 2:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard and good Samaritans are responding to a vessel that caught fire 150 miles south of Southwest Pass Monday morning. Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received a report at 3:28 a.m. from the National Command Center of an electrical fire... more »
  • LSU touts fellowships for 2 faculty members, 2 alumnae

    October 8, 2016 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU says four of its researchers have received "early career' fellowships from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The Gulf Research Program was developed to improve understanding of Gulf of Mexico ecosystems while fostering improved safety and environmental practices in... more »
  • Freeport-McMoRan agrees to sell its deepwater Gulf assets

    September 13, 2016 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Freeport-McMoRan will sell its deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties to Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for $2 billion. The Phoenix-based company said Monday the sale was part of a broader strategy to shed debt and concentrate on its copper business. Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan's president and CEO,... more »
  • Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    May 12, 2016 11:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS -- On Thursday, the US Coast Guard responded to a crude oil spill from an underwater Shell pipeline. Shell officials said they believe about 2,100 barrels of oil were released as a result of the spill. Authorities said Shell has isolated the leak and shut down production... more »
  • Debris likely from missing plane is washing up on Miss. coast

    October 27, 2015 11:19 AM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Authorities say they're still searching for three men who were aboard a single-engine plane that was reported missing in south Mississippi. Coast Guard Capt. Brandon Lechthaler says searchers are working under the assumption that the three are alive. Speaking at a news conference Tuesday in... more »
  • US, states finalize settlement with BP over Gulf oil spill

    October 5, 2015 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department and five states have finalized a settlement of more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal announced Monday resolves all civil claims against BP and ends five years of legal fighting over the... more »
  • Randy Anny, wife plead not guilty to fraud, conspiracy Play Video

    September 3, 2015 12:49 PM

    SORRENTO - A Sorrento Council member and his wife pleaded not guilty to federal charges they illegally claimed thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. Randy Anny and his wife Barbara entered their pleas in federal court in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. They both face charges of... more »
  • Construction of Water Campus building to begin this year

    September 2, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Water Institute of the Gulf's headquarters will be a futuristic feat of glass and metal that's propped up above the Mississippi River. That's according to a rendering released Monday shows. Construction of the $22 million headquarters, research and interpretative center will start later this year. The building... more »
  • 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 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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Defense starts for companies in Gulf spill trial

    March 18, 2013 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The owner of the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 has started to present its defense at a trial designed to determine the causes of the deadly disaster and assign fault to the companies involved. Transocean Ltd. called its first witness Monday... more »
  • La. to see millions from Transocean settlement

    January 3, 2013 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana lawmakers trumpeted the fact that the state will see hundreds of millions of dollars as part of the federal government's $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean today over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The final terms of the settlement require Transocean, which owned the drilling rig... more »

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