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  • 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 »
  • 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 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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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