December 15, 2014 6:55 AM
GRAND ISLE - Commercial fishermen are once again harvesting Gulf seafood off the coasts of Elmer's and Grand Terre islands, an area that's been closed due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened state waters surrounding the islands, some of the areas... more »
December 8, 2014 10:21 AM
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP... more »
December 1, 2014 4:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS - New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized Bluefin tuna species from overfishing. On Monday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the rules, which affect commercial fishing vessels and take effect in January.... more »
November 21, 2014 12:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A drilling company says a worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC says another worker suffered "visible injury" and two other workers reported ringing in their... more »
November 20, 2014 9:15 PM
VENICE- A platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon, killing a worker federal regulatory officials said hours after the explosion.
Fieldwood Energy reported the incident at its Echo Platform around 3 p.m. Fieldwood is an offshore oil and gas operator. The platform was located in an area... more »
November 20, 2014 11:09 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East voted Thursday to establish the dedicated account for any funds... more »
November 18, 2014 5:26 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP filed notice Tuesday that it plans an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New... more »
November 17, 2014 6:34 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A conservation agency has announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill - including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast. The National Fish and Wildlife Federation announced the latest projects Monday.... more »
November 14, 2014 3:16 AM
GRAND ISLE - The Jefferson Parish sheriff says the Grand Isle fire chief was among 20 people arrested after an undercover operation into drug use on the remote barrier island and recreation spot on the Gulf of Mexico. Fire Chief Aubrey "T-Black" Chaisson was arrested Thursday morning and booked with... more »
November 7, 2014 3:08 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers accused of wrongdoing in the handling of damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are expected to testify Friday before a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear from lawyers at the center of a probe into claims of... more »
November 6, 2014 3:40 PM
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force officials say they believe an F-16 fighter jet has crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. A news release from Tyndall Air Force Base says the jet was on a routine training mission over the Gulf Thursday morning when the Florida Panhandle base... more »
October 31, 2014 1:04 PM
HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by two this week to 1,929. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,582 rigs were exploring for oil and 346 for gas. One... more »
October 28, 2014 10:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new $40 million partnership will give money for conservation projects to landowners in states affected by BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He says the department's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation... more »
October 27, 2014 2:06 PM
WASHINGTON - New research shows that the BP oil spill left an oily "bathtub ring" on the sea floor that's about the size of Rhode Island. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated... more »
October 17, 2014 1:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the lease sale on Friday, calling it... more »
October 10, 2014 10:48 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Attorney in New Orleans says a Slidell man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with a claim he filed related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a news release that 55-year-old Darrell Morris pleaded guilty... more »
October 6, 2014 10:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer who won a new trial this year on a charge relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted permission to travel abroad. A federal judge said Thursday that Kurt Mix will be allowed to travel to China in November... more »
October 2, 2014 4:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted a delay in his arraignment on recently updated charges in the case. David Rainey's court appearance, originally set for this week, was re-scheduled for Dec. 3... more »
September 24, 2014 7:47 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard is searching for two missing shrimpers last seen south of the Southwest Pass near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard says the shrimping vessel Christopher's Joy capsized around 4 p.m. Tuesday throwing the four crew members into the water. They say... more »
September 24, 2014 4:27 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases will hear arguments about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013. The oil company says that's only fair because Judge Carl... more »
September 23, 2014 1:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge hearing 2010 oil spill cases says he'll decide soon whether he needs more than written evidence and arguments to rule on an investigation of alleged corruption within the settlement program. District Judge Carl Barbier said during a Tuesday status conference the big question is... more »
September 10, 2014 10:27 AM
As the peak of hurricane season has been reached, experts are nearing a bounce-back, verified forecast.
Over the last 100 years, tropical cyclone activity has been greatest on September 10-meaning the peak of hurricane season has been reached. It is during the month of September that, typically, almost the... more »
September 5, 2014 4:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Thursday that the company... more »
September 2, 2014 11:49 AM
HOUSTON - Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a large portion of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The settlement is subject to court approval. Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf, killing 11 people and... more »
September 2, 2014 11:30 AM
NAVARRE BEACH, FL - Officials say a 65-year-old Baton Rouge man drowned in the Gulf of Mexico on Labor Day. The Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office says Roderick M. Maybee was pulled unconscious from the water Monday afternoon off the Florida Panhandle beach where he'd been vacationing with his family. The... more »
August 11, 2014 6:02 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The tentative trial date is part of an order U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued Monday after... more »
August 4, 2014 11:41 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A scientist who's studied the low-oxygen dead zone off Louisiana for 30 years says this year's is about average: the size of Connecticut. Nancy Rabalais of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium says it appeared likely to grow, but she doesn't know whether it would have become larger than... more »
July 26, 2014 10:24 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled an Aug. 11 conference where lawyers will discuss a trial... more »
July 25, 2014 8:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Coast Guard rescuers from the Air Station here assisted in a rescue off the coast of Pascagoula Friday.
Five people were on board a 40-foot yacht when it caught on fire and sank near Petit Bois Island. Everyone evacuated to a life raft.
Two other boats... more »
July 22, 2014 5:33 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction. Federal prosecutors allege that Kurt... more »
July 15, 2014 10:19 PM
VENICE- As river boat pilots board ocean-going ships to help guide them upriver, a group of explorers and researchers are working some one-hundred or more miles south, dropping camera equipment nearly a mile to the bottom of the Gulf to look at wreckage that has become a war grave for... more »
July 11, 2014 3:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The notice of appeal was filed in the case of Kurt Mix in federal courts... more »
July 9, 2014 3:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal agencies say 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Conservation groups say it's the largest such designation ever. It includes 88 nesting beaches from North Carolina through Mississippi,... more »
July 8, 2014 11:21 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is set to decide whether to reinstate some of the charges against two BP employees in a manslaughter case arising from the death of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. BP well site leaders Robert... more »
July 2, 2014 11:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in New Orleans is likely months away from deciding whether Plaquemines Parish's lawsuit against oil companies over coastal damage belongs in state or federal court. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey heard arguments Wednesday and set a schedule for briefs and replies lasting into September.... more »
June 25, 2014 3:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Restaurants and seafood industry officials in New Orleans are recycling oyster shells in hopes of revitalizing what dealers say is a depleted Gulf of Mexico harvest. State officials said Tuesday they don't have current figures on the size of recent harvests. But dealers in New Orleans and... more »
June 13, 2014 11:11 AM
LAFAYETTE - Westwind Helicopters Inc. has released the names of the two victims killed in a Wednesday afternoon helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico. The company identified the dead as George LeLoup, the pilot, and Rory Bourgeois, an HVAC Technician with BNA Marine Services. Westwind said the cause of... more »
June 12, 2014 6:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has thrown out the conviction of a former BP engineer who was convicted of deleting company text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, had been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he deliberately deleted... more »
June 12, 2014 5:00 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard continues to search for two people on a helicopter that crashed and sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Terrebonne Bay. A Coast Guard spokesman says debris was found in the area where the helicopter went down around 2:40 p.m.... more »
June 11, 2014 6:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard is searching for two people on a helicopter that crashed and sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Terrebonne Bay. A news release says the crew of a nearby rig reported the crash of a private helicopter about 2:40 p.m.... more »
May 12, 2014 11:44 AM
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The U.S. Coast Guard has seized a Mexican fishing boat and detained its five crew members in a poaching investigation off Texas. Coast Guard officials on Monday announced four other boats fled back to Mexican waters. The incident happened Saturday afternoon north of the U.S. and... more »
April 30, 2014 11:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors want a federal appeals court to reinstate criminal charges against a former BP executive.
They allege that David Rainey obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Rainey is accused of not disclosing information on the amount of oil flowing into... more »
April 10, 2014 11:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - The season for charters and recreational fisherman to reel in red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico will only be 11 days this year.
The season will start on June 1. It was 42 days last year.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved... more »
March 25, 2014 1:47 PM
GALVESTON, Texas - The Coast Guard says it has reopened the Houston Ship Channel to some traffic after thousands of gallons of oil spilled from a barge this weekend. Officials said Tuesday that the key waterway on the Gulf of Mexico had been cleared enough to allow barges in and... more »
March 19, 2014 12:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas's high bids made up 37 percent of the $850.8 million total at Wednesday's federal oil lease sale for the central Gulf of Mexico. Freeport-McMoRan's high bids totaled $321.4 million, including the day's biggest: $68.8 million. The sale was the first since the government... more »
December 18, 2013 10:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS - After nearly three days of deliberations, a jury convicted a former BP engineer with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Jurors deliberated on Monday after hearing closing arguments by Justice Department prosecutors and a lawyer... more »
December 17, 2013 8:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS- A jury will return to a New Orleans courthouse for a second day of deliberations in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors deliberated for roughly 90 minutes... more »
December 8, 2013 11:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - A team of researchers from the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy at the LSU AgCenter has received a three-year award of more than $750,000 to study the effectiveness of the environmental monitoring system in the Gulf of Mexico. The award was made through the LSU... more »
December 6, 2013 9:09 AM
NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says coastal resiliency is important to President Barack Obama's climate action plan. Jewell was at a national park outside New Orleans Friday to describe the latest round of efforts to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 BP oil spill. Money for... more »
December 5, 2013 11:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics is getting a three-year award of more that $750,000.
Researchers from the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy will study the value of the environmental monitoring system in the Gulf of Mexico. The AgCenter says sensors and buoys... more »
December 1, 2013 10:09 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voice mails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jury selection for Kurt Mix's federal trial... more »
November 14, 2013 12:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The five states that border the Gulf of Mexico are getting $113 million to improve the environment. The grants, announced Thursday by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, are the first small chunk of $2.5 billion that BP PLC and Transocean Ltd. were fined as a result... more »
November 10, 2013 2:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The search continues as the Coast Guard and a supply boat crew looks to find a missing crew member.
60 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, a man went overboard in the Gulf of Mexico by the Dustin Danos driven by Raceland-based Gulf Offshore Logistics on Saturday.
... more »
November 4, 2013 9:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS- An offshore company and contractors are blamed for an explosion on an oil platform that killed three workers last year.
The men were using a torch to cut pipes on the platform off the coast of Louisiana when pipes ignited. They were refurbishing the platform about 20... more »
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 »
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 »
September 29, 2013 8:35 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP's 86-day struggle to stop the flow of oil gushing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico will be the focus of a trial scheduled to resume Monday in federal court. BP insists it was prepared to respond to the deadly disaster, but plaintiffs' attorneys... more »
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 »
September 13, 2013 10:36 AM
GULF OF MEXICO - A Hurricane Hunter plane investigating the system has found winds have increased to 45 mph and now Tropical Depression #10 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Ingrid.
It is slowly moving erratically to the west at 2 mph. Ingrid will turn to the NNW tonight and... more »
August 25, 2013 4:45 PM
MIAMI - A new tropical depression has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that tropical depression No. 6 was located about 50 miles northeast of the Mexican state of Veracruz with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was moving west... more »
August 13, 2013 2:50 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A helicopter went down Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, about 30 miles southwest of Terrebonne Bay.
A nearby oilrig, Trinity V, reported the incident this afternoon.
According to reports, three people were on board when the chopper crashed.
An offshore supply vessel rescued... more »
July 31, 2013 8:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Last week's blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators' focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely.
James Watson, director of the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says he plans to meet... more »
July 9, 2013 3:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard said Tuesday natural gas is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, and a four by three-quarter mile sheen has developed in the water after an incident at a well site.
Workers on an oil and natural gas production platform about 74-miles southwest of Port... more »
June 11, 2013 8:09 AM
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a Kentucky man, one of four men who have drowned in the Gulf of Mexico off Alabama's coast since Sunday.
Baldwin County sheriff's officials say they found 34-year-old Joshua Kimbrough of Bowling Green, Ky., on the Fort Morgan... more »
April 8, 2013 6:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is scheduled to call its first witness Monday at a trial designed to determine causes of its April 2010 well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and assign fault to the companies involved in the deadly disaster. Halliburton, BP PLC's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon... more »
April 3, 2013 7:15 AM
It is a very soggy start to the day with heavy rain and thunderstorms moving up from the Gulf of Mexico. The rains will continue throughout the morning with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures are in the 50s and 60s.
The rain and some thunderstorms will become less widespread and... more »
March 19, 2013 9:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The chief executive of the company that owned the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says its employees "should have done more" to avert the disaster that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Transocean president and CEO... more »
February 26, 2013 9:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A University of California-Berkeley engineer who played a prominent role in investigating levee breeches in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is scheduled to be the first witness Tuesday at a trial over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Robert Bea is an expert witness for... more »
February 12, 2013 8:40 AM
HOUSTON - The operators of a cruise vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after a weekend engine fire say the craft has drifted so far north of its original position that they will tow the ship to Mobile, Ala., instead of their original plan for Progreso, Mexico. Carnival Cruise... more »
February 7, 2013 4:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS - More than 38 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico will go on the auction block next month.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said the New Orleans sale will include about 7,299 federally-owned drilling tracts, three to 230 miles off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama... more »
January 29, 2013 12:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP agreed in November to... more »
January 4, 2013 10:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard says it airlifted a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the stormy Gulf of Mexico to shore in Louisiana. The Coast Guard said officials were called early Thursday about a husband and wife aboard a 64-foot sailboat bound for Houston from Cozumel, Mexico.... more »
October 11, 2012 8:56 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says an oil sheen near the site of the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico matches oil from the 2010 disaster.
The Coast Guard says its tests established the oil came from the BP well. It could be left over from... more »
June 29, 2012 10:43 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP and its contractors have agreed to pay up to $5.4 million to resolve complaints that some women weren't considered for temporary jobs responding to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because of their gender. The agreement announced late Thursday ends an investigation by the Equal... more »
June 23, 2012 3:41 PM
GULF OF MEXICO- News 2 has learned workers on oil rigs in the Gulf were evacuated ahead of Tropical Storm Debby.
The storm formed just before 4pm.
Stay with News 2 for the very latest and up to date forecast on where the storm could go. more »
June 22, 2012 10:29 PM
It is a very warm and humid start to this Saturday. We have mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s.
We will be unseasonably hot and humid this afternoon with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies as an area of high pressure builds over the Deep South. A... more »
June 22, 2012 6:44 PM
All eyes will be on the Gulf of Mexico this weekend as an area of low pressure ( Invest 96L ) is trying to get better organized. Right now the low is just north of the Yucatan Peninsula and is slowly getting more organized. Some showers and thunderstorms are trying... more »
June 22, 2012 5:28 PM
It is a very hot afternoon and evening across Southeast Louisiana. We have partly cloudy skies and there are a few showers popping up. Most of them will be short-lived, but could bring a quick downpour to your neighborhood. Temperatures are in the lower 90s and will fall into the... more »
June 21, 2012 10:09 PM
I'm closely watching the large area of low pressure ( Invest 96L ) near the Northern Yucatan Peninsula. It is showing better signs of organization, and could form into a tropical depression in the next day or so. It is SLOWLY moving to the north and that trend will continue... more »
June 19, 2012 12:39 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A man who made two rescues in two days is being honored by the St. Petersburg Fire Department for his lifesaving actions. Gus Hertz was fishing near the Gulf of Mexico last week when a man suffered a diabetic episode and drove his vehicle into the... more »
June 12, 2012 9:24 AM
GALVESTON, Texas - More than 120 dolphins have turned up stranded in Texas since last fall and researchers are trying to figure out why.
Experts are looking at the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
They're also looking at an algae bloom or other possible... more »
April 12, 2012 7:51 PM
Shares in Royal Dutch Shell fell more than 4 percent in European trading after the company reported a sheen of oil in the vicinity of two of its production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The company says the source is unknown and it has no indication it was from... more »
March 8, 2012 11:05 AM
NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has signed off on a transition process that relieves Kenneth Feinberg of his duties as administrator of BP's $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Thursday's order by U.S District Judge Carl Barbier calls for a... more »
February 19, 2012 10:37 AM
HOUMA - The federal government has told Louisiana to put the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" back onto a national list of polluted water bodies, but state environmental officials say "no." Reportedly, Department of Environmental Quality officials say that would put Louisiana on the hook for cleaning it up. But... more »
February 17, 2012 11:18 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. House has approved setting aside 80 percent of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for environmental restoration work on the Gulf Coast. Late Thursday, the House voted to add an amendment setting aside 80 percent of the fines to the Gulf Coast. The... more »
November 30, 2011 4:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and crabbers, who've reported diminished catches since the BP oil spill, are being offered a more generous settlement package due to lingering uncertainties over seafood.
On Wednesday, Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing payments from a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of... more »
November 7, 2011 5:01 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Shaw Group may have overbilled the state about $500,000 after it was hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to build $250 million worth of sand berms along the Gulf of Mexico to block oil spewing from an out-of-control BP well from washing ashore, according to the... more »
November 3, 2011 3:47 PM
NEW ORLEANS - In the past six months, federal agents say they have found dozens of Gulf of Mexico shrimpers in violation of rules requiring gear on their trawl nets to allow entangled sea turtles to swim to safety.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agents say they inspected 531... more »
October 5, 2011 2:11 PM
HOUSTON - Five coastal states are determined to clean up the damaged Gulf of Mexico ecosystem after last year's oil spill highlighted how decades of contamination and deterioration had placed a backbone of the U.S. economy at risk of ruin, according to a federal report released Wednesday.
The Gulf... more »
September 20, 2011 12:25 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Researchers say tar balls washed on to Gulf of Mexico beaches by Tropical Storm Lee prove that oil left over from last year's BP spill isn't breaking down as quickly as some assume.
Auburn University said Tuesday that its study shows the tar that hit Alabama... more »