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  • Report questions Louisiana fish safety testing

    September 21, 2016 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana auditors say Gulf oil spill recovery money intended for testing to ensure Louisiana fish were safe for consumers instead paid for unnecessary iPads, cameras, boats and now-missing fishing equipment. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office describes the safety program as so mismanaged by the Department of Wildlife... more »
  • Payments from 2012 BP settlement $7.9 billion so far

    August 1, 2016 5:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The office that processes claims for businesses and people who suffered economic losses from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it has approved payments totaling $8.5 billion as of June 30. Of that, $7.9 billion in claims has been paid. The figures are in the... more »
  • NOAA: mass die-off at marine sanctuary off Louisiana, Texas

    July 30, 2016 5:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal scientists say a massive die-off is taking place on a coral reef of a national marine sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. Steve Gittings, chief scientist with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, reported this week that federal scientists reported a large-scale mortality event of unknown... more »
  • Coast Guard rescues La. 2 men from boat sinking off Texas

    July 24, 2016 3:14 PM

    GALVESTON - The Coast Guard has rescued two Louisiana men from a 42-foot boat sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas. Officials say one man was treated for dehydration after the Quality Time was located Saturday night 60 miles southeast of the Sabine Pass jetties. The boaters, Karl Shram... more »
  • Shell to trim jobs in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico

    July 21, 2016 6:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil giant Shell says it will be cutting about 190 jobs from its deep-water Gulf of Mexico operations. Kimberly Windon, a Shell spokeswoman, says the company determined its staffing levels were higher than other operators'. The cuts include both contractors and Shell employees. The company said Thursday... more »
  • Tropical Storm Danielle forms off Mexico's eastern coast

    June 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Danielle has formed off Mexico's eastern coast, and is spreading heavy rain inland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Danielle's maximum sustained winds Monday morning have increased to near 45 mph (72 kph) with some slight strengthening forecast before the storm makes landfall... more »
  • Red snapper season extended for 2 days in Gulf of Mexico

    June 9, 2016 11:02 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Federal officials are extending the red snapper recreational fishing season for private anglers in the Gulf of Mexico because of Tropical Storm Colin. NOAA Fisheries announced the extension Wednesday. The private angler component's federal-water fishing season was scheduled to run through Thursday but will now run... more »
  • Woman contracts flesh-eating bacteria while fishing near Grand Isle

    June 7, 2016 4:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman has contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle. WDSU-TV reported Kelly Blomberg contracted v ibrio vulnificus when she was surf fishing off of the beach last month. Blomberg said she was walking in the water.... more »
  • Panel OK's penalties against lawyers over BP damage claims

    June 3, 2016 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal appellate judges have upheld an order barring two lawyers from handling damage claims over BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because they allegedly set up a system of payments to help speed claims through the process. On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S.... more »
  • Feds: Company hasn't done enough to end slow-motion oil leak

    May 25, 2016 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Justice Department is urging a federal court to let industry regulators decide if a New Orleans company has done enough to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that could last another century. Taylor Energy Company sued the federal government in January to... more »
  • La. governor to oil industry: pay for coastal restoration

    May 20, 2016 4:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing to get the oil and natural gas industry to pay for restoring Louisiana's fragile coast by encouraging them to settle lawsuits alleging they caused extensive damage to coastal lands. The governor met with industry leaders on May 13 and asked... more »
  • Scientists head out to study Shell spill in the Gulf

    May 16, 2016 3:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Scientists are heading out to study the latest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a release of about 88,200 gallons from a Shell oil field about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Last Thursday a leak from a pipeline at the Shell oil production... more »
  • Coast Guard: vessels pick up oil from Shell spill

    May 14, 2016 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Vessels are continuing to skim oil off the Gulf of Mexico after about 88,200 gallons of oil were released from a Shell flow line about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Shell said in a news release on Saturday that oil is not expected to reach... more »
  • Shell: Skimmers in Gulf to clean up 88,200 gallon spill

    May 13, 2016 4:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Shell says crews are preparing to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after about 88,200 gallons of oil were released from a flow line about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Shell says five boats were dispatched to clean up oil... more »
  • Regulators relax monitoring of decade-old Gulf oil leak

    April 26, 2016 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal regulators have relaxed a pollution monitoring requirement for a company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that could last another century. In 2008, the Coast Guard ordered Taylor Energy Company to conduct daily flights over the leak site to monitor... more »
  • Oklahoma firm announces Gulf rig closure, layoffs

    April 22, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company has notified the state that it anticipates dozens of workers at a rig in the Gulf of Mexico will lose their jobs because of a canceled contract. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company told Louisiana Workforce Commission this week that between 40 and... more »
  • Six years on: What's ahead for restoring Gulf after oil spill

    April 20, 2016 9:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Today marks the sixth anniversary of the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig. Now, a $20 billion settlement has funded what will be the largest environmental restoration project in U.S. history. The Environmental Defense Fund in New York posted a Q&A Wednesday morning with oceans scientists... more »
  • Some criminal charges dismissed in 2012 platform fire

    April 15, 2016 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has thrown out some criminal charges filed against companies and employees following a 2012 oil platform fire that killed three people off Louisiana's coast. But serious charges remain for some in connection to the fire, which broke out on a platform owned by... more »
  • Feds issue new, tougher offshore drilling rules

    April 14, 2016 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Obama administration has issued new rules to make offshore oil and natural gas drilling equipment safer and to reduce risks in digging wells, but the oil industry is blasting those rules as unnecessary and costly. The rules were published Thursday by the Interior Department, nearly six... more »
  • Scalise to take peers on tour of Gulf's offshore drilling

    April 8, 2016 12:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is taking a batch of congressmen on a tour of the Gulf of Mexico's offshore oil and gas industry. Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, has led energy tours for his peers since he became a House member in 2008. On Friday, he's... more »
  • $4 million fine for energy company's offshore violations

    April 7, 2016 5:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say an energy company was fined $4 million for violating federal laws governing safety and the environment on offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. A Wednesday news release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says Energy Resource Technology G.O.M., was fined and placed... more »
  • One of two young anglers rescued from Gulf died at the hospital

    April 6, 2016 12:17 PM

    GRAND CHENIER, La. - Two 19-year-olds were found clinging to a partially capsized boat near an oil rig 11.5 miles off the Louisiana coast Wednesday morning. According to a KATC-TV report, Derek Romero, pictured in teal, died at a hospital in Cameron Parish after being rescued. The name... more »
  • Sentence set in misdemeanor BP oil spill pollution case

    April 6, 2016 11:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer will spend 10 months on probation for a misdemeanor pollution charge connected to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Donald Vidrine was formally sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval. Vidrine had served as a rig supervisor on the Deepwater Horizon... more »
  • US judge OKs $20B settlement from 2010 BP oil spill

    April 4, 2016 3:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in New Orleans has granted final approval to an estimated $20 billion settlement, resolving years of litigation over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's final order on the settlement was released Monday. The settlement, first... more »
  • 'Deepwater Horizon' movie releases first trailer

    March 23, 2016 1:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS ( WWLTV ) - Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil leak is getting a Hollywood ending. A trailer for the upcoming film, Deepwater Horizon , directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) was released Wednesday . The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich,Gina Rodriguez, Dylan... more »
  • Gulf oil, gas leases up for sale; environmentalists protest

    March 23, 2016 7:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The federal government is selling off oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico during a sale in New Orleans. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has been collecting bids from companies and will announce the results Wednesday at the Superdome. Approximately 45 million acres will be... more »
  • Drillers: Oil well rules dire for business; others disagree

    March 3, 2016 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An industry study warns of dire consequences if pending rules to prevent another catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico go into effect, but critics questioned that claim. The business research firm Wood Mackenzie says the safe-drilling regulations could raise drilling costs by 20 percent... more »
  • Former rig BP supervisor found not guilty

    February 26, 2016 5:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury has found former BP rig supervisor Robert Kaluza not guilty of a misdemeanor pollution charge arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill. Kaluza was tried on a single charge of violating the federal Clean Water Act. Prosecutors said Kaluza and Donald... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer's trial nears end, with closing arguments

    February 25, 2016 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the trial of a former BP engineer facing a federal pollution charge stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Robert Kaluza's trial began last week. He faces a single charge of violating the Clean Water Act.... more »
  • 45M acres in Gulf of Mexico up for auction March 23

    February 22, 2016 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government is offering about 45 million acres for oil and gas leases in the central and eastern Gulf of Mexico at sales on March 23. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the Central lease sale covers 44.3 million acres off of Louisiana, Mississippi... more »
  • 2010 Gulf spill: Pollution trial ongoing for rig supervisor

    February 18, 2016 12:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Deepwater Horizon supervisor who pleaded guilty to a pollution charge in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says the colleague now fighting that charge never gave him information that prosecutors say was critical. During the second day of Robert Kaluza's trial, Donald... more »
  • Off-duty foreman testifies about BP explosion

    February 17, 2016 6:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A drilling foreman who had gone off-duty several hours earlier said he was called from his bed shortly before the Deepwater Horizon blew wild on April 20, 2010. The rig erupted in flames, killing 11 men. Once the fire was out, the well spewed oil for... more »
  • Jury seated in trial for ex-BP rig supervisor

    February 16, 2016 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A jury has been chosen for the trial of a former BP rig supervisor who faces a pollution charge in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval has scheduled opening arguments Wednesday in Robert Kaluza's trial. Kaluza... more »
  • Clean Water Act trial beginning for ex-BP rig supervisor

    February 16, 2016 4:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A former BP rig supervisor goes on trial Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge connected to pollution from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Kaluza once faced much more serious charges - manslaughter counts connected to the deaths of 11 workers who died... more »
  • Edwards to Obama: Scrap offshore drilling money proposal

    February 12, 2016 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Barack Obama to drop his attempt to take offshore drilling money away from the Gulf Coast. In its proposed budget for 2017, the White House recommends repealing a 2006 provision that establishes a formula for sharing revenues from offshore... more »
  • Court orders return of $1.6 million in claim money

    January 21, 2016 12:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal court has ordered repayment of more than $1.6 million in claim money paid to an Alabama couple's business after BP's 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order says the payment to Vision Design Management "was nearly entirely based on fraud." The ruling... more »
  • Retired general clashes with company president over decade-old Gulf oil leak

    January 20, 2016 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A retired Army general best known for helping restore order in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina agreed to leave a public meeting about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico following a testy exchange. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who founded a coalition... more »
  • Trial date set for companies, workers charged in Gulf blast

    January 15, 2016 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has set a January 2017 trial date for the Justice Department's criminal case against several companies and workers involved in a deadly 2012 explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. A court filing Thursday says the jury trial in New... more »
  • First-ever federal rules for offshore fish farming issued

    January 11, 2016 7:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The first-ever federal regulations for large-scale fish farming in the ocean have been issued, opening a new frontier in the harvesting of popular seafood species such as red drum, tuna and red snapper. The new rules allow the farming of fish in federal waters of the... more »
  • Company to hold meeting on decade-old oil leak in Gulf

    December 28, 2015 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will hold a public meeting next month to disclose details of its efforts to stop chronic slicks from forming off Louisiana's coast. The Jan. 20 forum in Baton Rouge was a requirement of... more »
  • Man seeks delay in prison time for oil spill claims fraud

    December 11, 2015 6:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a case arising from the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill is asking for a delay in his prison reporting date. Casey Thonn of Slidell pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in 2014. Prosecutors said he filed... more »
  • Schedule set for BP rig supervisor's misdemeanor trial

    December 8, 2015 5:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has set a 13-day schedule for the trial of a BP well-site leader charged with a Clean Water Act violation in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Robert Kaluza's trial is set for Feb. 16. Judge Stanwood Duval says in... more »
  • Manslaughter charges filed in deadly 2012 platform blast

    November 19, 2015 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Justice Department officials say in a statement that a grand jury has indicted two companies on involuntary manslaughter charges and three people with other criminal charges stemming from a deadly 2012 explosion and fire on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. A third... more »
  • Louisiana official: Army Corps needs big-scale coastal plan

    November 13, 2015 2:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A top Louisiana coastal official says the federal government's lack of an over-arching plan on how to fight land loss in Louisiana is wasting money that could be spent on fixing the state's problems. Kyle Graham, executive director of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority,... more »
  • BP drops effort to retrieve Gulf oil spill business payouts

    October 31, 2015 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has decided to end its effort to recoup money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Friday, the company filed a motion to withdraw an appeal over what it said... more »
  • Oil spill: Suits ended after Gulf states, Transocean settle

    October 29, 2015 7:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A settlement has led to official dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by the five Gulf of Mexico states against the owner of the offshore drilling rig involved in BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier dismissed the suits Thursday against Transocean.... more »
  • 5 plead not guilty in Gulf oil spill fraud case; 2 absent

    October 29, 2015 1:05 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Texas attorney and four co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to accusations of faking more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010. A public defender says a sixth defendant will do the same later. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy said afterward... more »
  • Sentencing set in claim fraud case from Gulf oil spill

    October 28, 2015 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a case arising from the BP Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to two years in prison. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval handed down the sentence Wednesday for Casey Thonn of Slidell. In 2014, Thonn pleaded guilty to two... more »
  • Study links BP oil spill to coral damage in a new location

    October 27, 2015 1:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study reveals that toxins from BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico damaged coral in a larger arc than previously mapped after researchers discovered sick and dying corals in the Pinnacles, a rich, deep-water environment off the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi. Using... more »
  • Agency votes against using BP restoration funds on bridge

    October 21, 2015 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BP settlement funds meant for ecological restoration won't be diverted to finish a $350 million project to elevate a highway to connect the mainland with a key oil and gas port at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico - something environmental groups and even gubernatorial candidates... more »
  • Feds: 1 dead in accident on drillship in Gulf of Mexico

    October 20, 2015 6:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two federal agencies are investigating an accident that killed a man on a ship drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The owners say nobody else was hurt. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday on the drillship Pacific Santa Ana. Spokeswoman Amy Roddy... more »
  • Next governor will play crucial role in future of coast

    October 14, 2015 11:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The next governor will be key to Louisiana's coastal crisis - either by aggressively working to save the coast or missing a chance to stop the state from slipping further into the Gulf. Louisiana is to receive about than $8.7 billion in settlement money from by... more »
  • $134M approved for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

    September 23, 2015 4:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A panel has approved using $134 million provided by BP PLC on 10 projects to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from the company's catastrophic 2010 offshore oil spill. A trustee council made up of state and federal officials overseeing ecological restoration from the oil spill... more »
  • Change-of-plea hearing set Oct. 20 in deadly platform fire

    September 18, 2015 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Criminal charges filed recently against a Houston company over a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers appear headed for an October resolution. Neither federal prosecutors nor defense lawyers for Black Elk Energy Operations would comment on whether plea talks are under way. But... more »
  • Hundreds of invasive lionfish removed from Gulf of Mexico

    September 10, 2015 2:28 PM

    GALVESTON, Texas - Marine experts and trained volunteers have removed hundreds of lionfish from the Gulf of Mexico off Texas in a continuing effort to control the invasive population. The Galveston County Daily News reported Thursday that the effort is meant to protect the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.... more »
  • Appeals court upholds class action status in oil spill suit

    September 9, 2015 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says litigation alleging that BP misled investors about the rate of oil flowing after an offshore oil rig explosion in 2010 can proceed as a class action lawsuit. Tuesday's 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling means that the lawsuit, led by... more »
  • BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill claims

    September 3, 2015 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Arguments have wrapped up at a federal appeals court in a case involving those who claimed economic harm from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Oil giant BP wants some of the money returned that it paid in damage claims under a 2012 settlement. BP eventually... more »
  • BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill claims

    September 3, 2015 9:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP is going back to a federal appeals court in a case involving businesses' damage claims from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant wants restitution of some of the money it paid in claims to businesses as part of a 2012 settlement.... more »
  • Coast Guard makes rescue as fishing vessel sinks

    August 31, 2015 11:23 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Three people were rescued from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank just off the coast of Louisiana Monday. The Coast Guard said a passing helicopter reported seeing the vessel sinking with two life-rafts in the water. Crews from stations in Morgan City and New Orleans were... more »
  • Gulf eats away at coast outside levee-protected New Orleans

    August 14, 2015 11:45 AM

    DELACROIX - Many of the fishermen who once lived in the small Louisiana town of Delacroix have disappeared, fleeing behind the intricate levee system protecting New Orleans out of fear that one more hurricane will be all it takes to send the rest of Delacroix into the sea. It's... more »
  • Shrimpers decry low prices, damage caused by shrimp imports

    August 12, 2015 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Dozens of Louisiana shrimpers - ranging from Vietnamese-Americans to Cajun fishermen - rallied Wednesday in downtown New Orleans to bewail low prices, farm-raised shrimp imports and other woes in their industry. Shrimpers spoke out at a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, a... more »
  • Oil spill fraud charges against Sorrento councilman, wife

    August 6, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Sorrento city council member and his wife have been indicted on federal charges alleging fraud in a claim for damages resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A Thursday news release from Baton Rouge-based U.S. Attorney Walt Green says Randy Anny and Barbara... more »
  • Lafayette gets over $279K payout in BP oil spill settlement

    August 5, 2015 12:44 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Consolidated Government has announced that its payout in a settlement with BP for economic losses resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster has been finalized. The Advertiser reports officials announced Tuesday that Lafayette was awarded $279,769. The city-parish filed a claim in 2013. Several public... more »
  • Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

    July 27, 2015 2:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl... more »
  • Re-trial date to be set next week for ex-BP engineer

    July 24, 2015 10:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week. Federal prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil... more »
  • No ruling likely before spring in dead zone lawsuit

    July 20, 2015 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It will be at least spring before there's a new ruling by the federal judge who ordered the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 to act to regulate farm runoff and other pollution blamed for the Gulf of Mexico's annual oxygen-depleted "dead zone." An appeals court ordered District... more »
  • New Orleans accepts $45M from BP in oil spill settlement

    July 10, 2015 8:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The city of New Orleans has accepted $45 million from BP to compensate for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office announced in a news release Thursday the money will be used for "resilience initiatives, including water management... more »
  • 1 coastal Louisiana parish not settling with BP

    July 2, 2015 6:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The newly announced BP oil spill settlement covers the federal government, the five Gulf states and "the vast majority of local governmental entities" in those states. However, the government of one of Louisiana's hardest hit areas, coastal Plaquemines Parish, says it has not yet agreed to a... more »
  • Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

    July 2, 2015 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Thursday's settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean... more »
  • Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial

    June 30, 2015 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says a former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge related to the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling... more »
  • Justices won't hear appeal from BP, Anadarko over Gulf spill

    June 29, 2015 9:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the owners of the blown-out Macondo well could not avoid federal... more »
  • 'Brown ocean' effect may bedevil soggy Texas as storm nears

    June 15, 2015 5:20 PM

    DALLAS - The historic rainfall that inundated Texas in May continues to leave the soil saturated and rivers engorged. But it also could strengthen a storm in the Gulf of Mexico as it moves over land. A broad area of low pressure that developed near the Yucatan Peninsula could brew... more »
  • Feds give OK to using sand far offshore for barrier island

    June 15, 2015 5:14 PM

    HOUMA - A federal agency has approved using sand stored in a shoal nine miles off the coast for a barrier island restoration project that uses funds BP gave Louisiana to restore its ecosystem following the catastrophic 2010 oil spill. The Courier reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management... more »
  • Last-minute rush as deadline nears for oil spill settlement

    June 8, 2015 3:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Brisk business was reported at Gulf Coast offices and on the Internet as people filing claims for losses blamed on the 2010 BP oil spill rushed to meet a midnight deadline. Claims administrator Patrick Juneau predicted a last-minute rush last week. In a statement Monday afternoon, he... more »
  • Ex-BP exec David Rainey not guilty of lying in oil spill

    June 5, 2015 11:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has found a former BP executive not guilty of making false statements to investigators in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Prosecutors said David Rainey, in the early days of the spill, manipulated calculations to match a far-too-low government estimate of... more »
  • Deliberations near in ex-BP executive's oil spill trial

    June 4, 2015 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Closing arguments have been scheduled in the case of David Rainey, the former BP executive charged with lying to federal investigators about the 2010 BP oil spill. Attorneys will make their final statements to jurors Friday morning and the jury is expected to begin deliberations by noon.... more »
  • Prosecution: Former BP exec lied to oil spill investigators

    June 2, 2015 12:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal prosecutor has told jurors that a former BP executive lied to federal investigators about how he came up with flow rate estimates after a 2010 rig explosion sent oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Defense attorneys countered Tuesday that prosecutors are trying to convict... more »
  • Fire on Gulf oil platform; 28 workers evacuated

    May 22, 2015 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fire on an oil platform off Louisiana's coast has forced the evacuation of 28 workers. The Coast Guard says the workers were evacuated by an offshore supply vessel that reported the fire at 2:50 a.m. Friday. No injuries were reported. Texas Petroleum Investment Company, the owner and... more »
  • New health clinic to help those affected by oil spill

    May 3, 2015 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A pediatrics clinic and a general care clinic in eastern New Orleans are joining in a new $2.3 million building with a goal of serving communities hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Project coordinator Julie Hoang says many people in the area lost shrimp... more »
  • $134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

    April 20, 2015 6:17 PM

    JACKSON, MS - The trustees overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to jump-start recovery from the 2010 oil spill have proposed another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $698 million has been spent in three previous rounds. Four projects would get $116.5 million, including $45 million to protect sea... more »
  • Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable'

    April 17, 2015 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has been shrouded in secrecy. Sen. Bill Nelson sent a letter Friday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Department of... more »
  • Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    April 16, 2015 10:34 AM

    GULF OF MEXICO - Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak's... more »
  • $5 billion in BP oil spill settlement payments so far

    April 15, 2015 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The man who oversees settlement payments to people and businesses claiming economic losses as a result of BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than $5 billion has been paid out. Patrick Juneau announced the milestone in a Wednesday news release, five days ahead of... more »
  • New rules proposed as 5-year anniversary of oil spill nears

    April 13, 2015 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing regulations aimed at ensuring offshore wells are sealed in an emergency, as the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill nears. Federal safety investigators blamed a faulty blowout preventer for the spill and called for stronger regulations to prevent oil and gas... more »
  • Scalise takes congressmen on offshore Gulf tour

    April 9, 2015 4:20 PM

    PORT FOURCHON - Majority Whip Steve Scalise took seven House Republicans and one Democrat on a tour of an offshore oil and natural gas platform on Thursday to highlight the importance of the busy Gulf of Mexico's energy production. Scalise, a Republican from Metairie, recently took over as majority whip.... more »
  • Feds: Oil leasing in Gulf slows due to oil price drop

    March 18, 2015 10:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Regulators say only 195 bids were placed on the 41 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico up for new oil and gas leasing off of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That's the lowest number since 1986 when 129 bids were offered, according to the Bureau of Ocean... more »
  • Dismissal upheld: 11 Deepwater Horizon manslaughter charges

    March 11, 2015 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has upheld a district judge's decision to drop 11 "seaman's manslaughter" charges against two BP supervisors in the deaths of workers killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the... more »
  • Extra casting begins for 'Deepwater Horizon'

    March 9, 2015 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Casting agents are looking for people associated with the oil and gas industry to be part of a movie about the 2010 BP Oil Spill. The movie is reportedly going to star Mark Wahlberg. It is being advertised as 'Deepwater Horizon' and will be based off... more »

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