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  • Red snapper season limited to 11 days

    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 »
  • Houston Ship Channel reopened after oil spill

    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 »
  • BP: 24 top bids for $41.6M in Gulf oil lease sale

    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 »
  • Jury: BP engineer guilty

    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 »
  • Jury to weigh ex-BP engineer's case for 2nd day

    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 »
  • LSU to lead study of Gulf monitoring system

    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 »
  • Gulf gets more restoration projects from BP fund

    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 »
  • LSU AgCenter gets $750,000 award

    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 »
  • Ex-BP engineer charged over texts heads to trial

    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 »
  • Gulf states get first $113M from oil spill pleas

    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 »
  • Search for man in the Gulf of Mexico continues

    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 »
  • Feds place blame after platform explosion

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Judge set to preside over 2nd phase of BP trial

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Tropical Depression #10 has strengthened Into Tropical Storm Ingrid

    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 »
  • Tropical Depression No. 6 forms in Gulf of Mexico

    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 »
  • 3 rescued from helicopter crash in the Gulf

    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 »
  • Blowout could tip regulator focus to shallow water

    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 »
  • Natural gas sheen spotted in Gulf after platform failure

    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 »
  • Body of 4th drowning victim found off Gulf coast

    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 »
  • BP to call 1st witness at trial over Gulf spill

    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 »
  • Plenty of heavy rain and storms today

    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 »
  • Rig owner's CEO testifies at Gulf oil spill trial

    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 »
  • High-stakes trial resumes over 2010 Gulf oil spill

    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 »
  • Disabled cruise ship drifts, now heads to US

    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 »
  • Gulf lease sale to open 38M acres to drilling

    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 »
  • Judge OKs $4B BP oil spill criminal settlement

    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 »
  • Coast Guard airlifts sailor with heart trouble

    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 »
  • Sheen at Deepwater Horizon disaster site is BP oil

    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 »
  • BP, EEOC reach $5.4M deal over gender bias claims

    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 »
  • Rigs evacuated ahead of impending tropical weather

    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 »
  • Mostly sunny, hot and humid today

    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 »
  • Watching the low in the Gulf of Mexico

    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 »
  • Warm and muggy tonight with sizzling weather this weekend

    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 »
  • Watching the Gulf of Mexico

    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 »
  • Man to be honored for 2 Florida rescues in 2 days

    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 »
  • More dolphins turn up stranded in Texas

    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 »
  • Oil Sheen Bad for Shell Stock

    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 »
  • AP: Court takes over oil spill claims

    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 »
  • State won't put Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' on Impaired Waters list

    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 »
  • House sets aside Gulf oil spill fines for coast

    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 »
  • Gulf harvesters offered more money for BP damage

    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 »
  • Audit finds Shaw overbilled for sand berms

    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 »
  • Shrimpers face fines after sea turtle operation

    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 »
  • Federal report highlights need to clean Gulf Coast

    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 »
  • BP oil not degrading on Gulf floor, study says

    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 »
  • US gov't prepares to release BP oil spill report

    September 14, 2011 2:06 AM

    A key federal report into what caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history is being readied for release as early as Wednesday amid revelations BP made critical mistakes on the well and failed to tell partners and the government when it realized it. An investigation team held hearings... more »
  • Tropical Storm Nate Update

    September 9, 2011 7:49 AM

    Tropical Storm Nate remains stationary in the Bay of Campeche, or about 115 miles west of Campeche, Mexico. It is a little weaker this morning, but it is forecast to get stronger later today and could become a hurricane. Winds are 65 mph, and the pressure 998 mb. Nate is... more »
  • Tropical Storm Nate is stronger

    September 8, 2011 1:31 PM

    Tropical Storm Nate is now located about 125 miles west of Campeche, Mexico. Winds are now up to 60 mph, the pressure is 1000 mb, and it is moving very slowly to the southeast at 1 mph. The erratic east to northeast motion is expected today, followed by a slow... more »
  • Halliburton sues BP over Macondo well blowout

    September 2, 2011 12:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has filed a lawsuit in a Texas state court against BP PLC claiming the oil giant provided it with inaccurate information about the deepwater well that blew out and spawned last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's the latest of several... more »
  • Smoke over New Orleans area for 3rd straight day

    August 30, 2011 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Easterly winds kept a pall of smoke from a big marsh fire over the New Orleans area for the third straight day, and the National Weather Service issued a smoke alert for seven parishes. Meteorologists say the smoke could move north - mostly over Lake Pontchartrain... more »
  • Oil sheen in Gulf, source unknown

    August 18, 2011 5:38 AM

    LONDON- Oil giant BP says it is investigating a new sheen in the Gulf of Mexico but says there's no immediate indication it is the result of a new oil spill. A catastrophic April 2010 explosion at BP's Macondo well in the Gulf killed 11 men and led to the... more »
  • Oil still problem on Mississippi islands

    August 10, 2011 12:40 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Mats of oil are still in evidence along Horn Island's west end, more than a year after the BP oil disaster. BP spokesman Ray Melick tells The SunHerald that the company is gearing up to return to Horn Island with sand-cleaning crews as soon as... more »
  • Texas Gulf oysters suffering in the drought

    July 31, 2011 1:12 PM

    SMITH POINT, Texas- Wildlife experts fear the drought in Texas could kill this year's oyster harvest. Dry conditions have caused the water in Texas' Galveston Bay to be saltier than usual, which allows disease and predators to thrive. Many oysters now being taken from the bay, which is the... more »
  • Operators restoring production in Gulf after Don

    July 30, 2011 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The federal agency that oversees offshore oil and gas drilling says operators are restoring production in the Gulf of Mexico following the passage of Tropical Storm Don. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement said data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m.... more »
  • Feds: Gulf disaster final report delayed slightly

    July 22, 2011 12:40 PM

    ATLANTA - A joint final report by the U.S. Coast Guard and the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling on what caused last year's Gulf of Mexico disaster will be delayed again. Following several extensions, the Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement was due... more »
  • BP denied White House emails on oil spill response

    July 20, 2011 12:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has refused to order the White House to provide BP with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration's response to last summer's massive Gulf oil spill. A company lawyer said emails by Carol Browner, Obama's former adviser... more »
  • Experts predict Gulf 'dead zone' growth

    July 18, 2011 3:02 AM

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Texas A&M oceanographers say they expect the 3,800-square-mile "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico to expand because of floodwaters flowing from the Mississippi River. The zone is now the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. It's where the Gulf waters off the Southeastern Louisiana and... more »
  • BP wants to end future loss claims

    July 8, 2011 1:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is arguing that most victims of last year's Gulf oil spill should not get any more payouts for future losses because the hardest-hit areas are recovering and the economy is growing. The British oil company argues its case in a 29-page document made public Friday... more »
  • Tropical storm forms in Gulf, heavy rain expected

    June 28, 2011 9:43 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Arlene has formed in the Gulf of Mexico but is not likely to threaten the U.S. coast. The government of Mexico on Tuesday issued Tropical Storm warnings for the northeastern coast from Barra De Nautla north to Bahia Algodones. The storm is... more »
  • Feds eye tougher measures to protect sea turtles

    June 24, 2011 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say they're considering new restrictions on Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast shrimpers because of the damage the industry is causing to threatened and endangered sea turtles. The regulatory move by the National Marine Fisheries Service signals the next stage in a growing fight... more »
  • Transocean: BP decisions led to Gulf disaster

    June 22, 2011 7:02 AM

    ATLANTA- An internal investigation by the owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year largely blames oil giant BP for the disaster. The Transocean report released Wednesday says the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill was the result of a succession... more »
  • Appeals panel for Gulf oil spill formed

    June 10, 2011 5:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A panel has been set up to handle appeals on damage claims against BP over its massive oil spill last year. The 25-person panel was appointed by Jack M. Weiss, the chancellor of the Louisiana State University law center. The panel will look at appeals for the Gulf... more »
  • Transocean: Coast Guard report on oil spill flawed

    June 9, 2011 5:59 AM

    The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year says a Coast Guard report that faults the company for a poor safety culture and other shortcomings that preceded the disaster is full of errors. Transocean said in a 112-page response submitted Wednesday to the... more »
  • BP asks judge to dismiss many spill claims

    May 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC is asking a federal judge to dismiss most of the court claims filed against the oil giant by businesses and individuals who say they suffered economic damage from last year's massive Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't immediately rule Thursday after... more »
  • Vitter blocks Salazar pay hike in drilling battle

    May 25, 2011 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - A senator upset with the pace in which the Obama administration is approving deep-water oil drilling permits has blocked a pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar is crying foul, accusing Louisiana Republican David Vitter of employing strong-arm tactics and of trying to coerce him into... more »
  • BP receives help to settle oil spill claims

    May 20, 2011 3:01 AM

    LONDON- BP PLC says MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, its minority partner in the blown-out Deepwater Horizon well, has agreed to pay the British company $1.065 billion to settle all claims between the companies over the accident in the Gulf of Mexico. BP said Friday that it will immediately put the... more »
  • Hooks to protect bluefin required May 5 in Gulf

    April 2, 2011 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Starting May 5, commercial fishermen using longlines in the Gulf of Mexico must use hooks designed to straighten out when grabbed by bluefin tuna. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says so-called "weak hooks," will hold yellowfin tuna, swordfish, and other commercial species - but cut the... more »
  • Coast Guard investigating substance in Gulf

    March 20, 2011 11:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Coast Guard says there is some sort of substance on the water in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are collecting samples to determine what it is. Coast Guard spokeswoman Casey Ranel says the agency is sending out a cutter Sunday morning to collect samples... more »
  • 2 rescued after rig fire in Gulf of Mexico

    March 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Two men were rescued after an oil rig platform caught fire about 50 miles off Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. The GI 102A is owned Arena Energy which said it had shut down the platform two weeks ago and it was not in production,... more »
  • Interior action ordered on two more drilling permits

    March 1, 2011 6:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge who overturned the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf oil spill ordered federal regulators on Tuesday to act on two more drilling permit applications. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled last month that the Interior Department must act within 30... more »
  • State money will aid spring oyster spawn

    February 21, 2011 1:06 PM

    HOUMA, La. - To ensure that the state's oyster crop has a chance to rebound this spring after the Gulf oil spill, the state has committed $2 million to immediately restore oyster grounds. The Courier reports the state's committment was announced by Garret Graves, chairman of the state's Coastal... more »
  • Panel: BP faulted cement work years before blowout

    February 17, 2011 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - A presidential oil spill panel says BP had problems with work by its cement company long before the massive Gulf oil well blowout, which investigations have blamed on cement failing at the bottom of the hole. But BP apparently didn't do much, if anything, about it. ... more »
  • 4 die, 1 lives after boat capsizes in Gulf near La

    February 13, 2011 9:59 AM

    VENICE, La.- Four people died and one was rescued Saturday after their boat capsized during a fishing trip on the Gulf of Mexico, according to Louisiana authorities. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck said the five left a marina near Venice in south Louisiana at about 6:30... more »
  • Drilling chief wants higher fines for offenses

    January 13, 2011 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's top offshore drilling regulator says his agency is considering ways to increase civil penalties for companies that violate drilling rules. Current rules allow fines of up to $35,000 per incident per day. Michael Bromwich, director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,... more »
  • Almost no oil recovered from sand berms

    December 16, 2010 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The big set of sand barriers erected by Louisiana's governor to protect the coastline at the height of the Gulf oil spill is being criticized by a presidential commission as a colossal, $200 million waste of money so far. Hardly any oil ever reached the berms,... more »
  • Gulf spill claimants offered new, faster option

    December 13, 2010 12:21 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - The administrator of a $20 billion fund paying damages from the Gulf oil spill says claimants who want quick resolution can receive a one-time payment worth thousands of dollars, but they would get no more money. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that the new option, which... more »
  • Rig worker says she can"t testify at spill hearing

    December 9, 2010 12:44 PM

    HOUSTON - A technician who was aboard the oil rig that exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico says she is too traumatized to testify before a panel investigating the blast and subsequent spill. Cathleena Willis was working for a Halliburton subsidiary the night of the blast that... more »
  • Rig worker says she can't testify at spill hearing

    December 9, 2010 12:22 PM

    HOUSTON - A technician who was aboard the oil rig that exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico says she is too traumatized to testify before a panel investigating the blast and subsequent spill. Cathleena Willis was working for Sperry Sun the night of the blast that killed 11... more »
  • BP official: Effort to shut Gulf well was 'late'

    December 8, 2010 9:16 AM

    HOUSTON - A BP vice president has told a federal investigative panel that workers on the doomed Gulf of Mexico oil rig were distracted by multiple activities going on simultaneously and didn't try to shut the well until 49 minutes after gas particles began flowing in. Steve Robinson, who led... more »
  • Four rescued after plane crashes in Gulf

    December 4, 2010 6:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Four people are recovering following a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, 170 miles southwest of New Orleans. The Coast Guard had received a report that the plane was forced to make a water landing. An off-shore drilling rig deployed a fast rescue boat to... more »
  • Feinberg to lay out details on BP spill claims

    November 24, 2010 8:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The deadline to make an emergency Gulf of Mexico oil spill claim is over and the administrator of the $20 billion fund is laying out more details about what happens next. Kenneth R. Feinberg is going to talk to reporters Wednesday about how the process will... more »
  • Spill panel details goofs, hero in ending gusher

    November 22, 2010 12:15 PM

    A new study from the presidential oil spill commission details behind-the-scenes tension and mistakes behind the three-month effort to cap the busted BP oil well, with a lone scientist working from a cell phone photo saving the day. Monday's draft report said some BP attempts to stop the gusher... more »
  • Experts say nation unprepared for Gulf spill

    November 19, 2010 12:27 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Experts at an international conference in South Carolina agree the United States was poorly prepared for the spill that pumped about 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The government has assured the public that Gulf seafood is safe, but there were differences... more »
  • Feds: Spilled-oil burns posed little health risk

    November 12, 2010 12:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal scientists say burning oil to clean up the massive Gulf spill released small amounts of toxins, but not enough to pose an added cancer risk to workers and coastal residents. The U.S. Coast Guard set 411 fires from late April to mid-July, burning off as much... more »
  • News media banned from offshore drilling conference

    November 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS--News organizations were barred from a conference over a company's claim that the government has not issued a single drilling permit, even though the moratorium was lifted last month. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said the hearing would be held in his chambers, and news organizations had no... more »

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