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  • 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 »
  • BP ends attempt to oust oil spill claims administrator

    March 6, 2015 1:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has ended its effort to have courts remove the administrator of claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A federal district judge had refused to remove Patrick Juneau from the job. The oil giant then went to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of... more »
  • Federal oil lease sale of western Gulf tracts set for August

    March 2, 2015 4:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal lease sale offering 21 million acres in the western Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development is set for August. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Monday that the sale of leases for areas off the Texas coast will take place... more »
  • Judge rejects BP attempt to lessen fines for Gulf spill

    February 19, 2015 3:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected an attempt by BP to lower the fines it faces from its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday agreed with government lawyers that BP should face paying up to $4,300 for each barrel... more »
  • Coral reef sanctuary may expand in Gulf

    February 7, 2015 2:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal marine sanctuary protecting coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico could grow five times in size under a plan being proposed to safeguard an even larger area of the Gulf from scavengers looking for historic shipwrecks, ships dropping anchor, commercial fishing and oil and gas... more »
  • Anadarko argues against $1B penalty in 2010 Gulf oil spill

    February 2, 2015 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill - which could reach $13.7 billion - has ended in New Orleans, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months. The trial... more »
  • Executive: No guarantee BP will help pay subsidiary's fines

    January 27, 2015 10:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty. Richard Morrison, chairman of the board for BP... more »
  • BP calls witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

    January 26, 2015 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is making a case that it shouldn't pay the top penalty of $13.7 billion for polluting the Gulf of Mexico five years ago. The oil giant struggled for 87 days to contain millions of gallons of spilling crude, its expert witness called the company's response exemplary.... more »
  • Unmanned platform damaged just off La. coast; no injuries

    January 23, 2015 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal agency is investigating a report of damage to an unmanned offshore oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, about five miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the platform operated by Houston-based Energy XXI may have been... more »
  • Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial

    January 21, 2015 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Justice Department attorneys are back in federal court presenting their case for making BP pay billions of dollars in civil penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The oil corporation, meanwhile, says the government is ignoring some of its own data on the health of... more »
  • BP hopes to lessen potential $13.7 billion spill penalty

    January 19, 2015 10:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the government and oil giant BP are preparing for trial in New Orleans that could add more than $13 billion in penalties to the billions BP already has shelled out as a result of 2010 Gulf oil spill. Federal lawyers say BP should pay as... more »
  • Appeals court won't rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

    January 9, 2015 6:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The vote released Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was... more »
  • Obama administration sued over Gulf of Mexico fracking info

    January 8, 2015 4:57 PM

    GAINESVILLE, FL - An environmental advocacy group is suing the Obama administration in federal court for refusing to release documents detailing the extent of fracking in the Gulf of Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S District Court in Washington, saying the Bureau of Ocean... more »
  • Men rescued after spending night on barrier island

    January 7, 2015 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Coast Guard crews rescued two men from a burning boat that had run aground near the Chandeleur Islands sometime Tuesday or Wednesday. Family members reported the men missing after they did not arrive at their destination as expected Tuesday. The men left Biloxi, Mississippi, earlier in... more »
  • State reopens Gulf waters affected by oil spill

    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 »
  • High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

    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 »
  • Feds impose new rules to protect Bluefin tuna

    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 »
  • Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment

    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 »
  • Following deadly Gulf blast, survivors released from hospital

    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 »
  • Money from 1 small settlement earmarked for coast

    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 »
  • BP fights on to oust oil spill claims chief

    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 »
  • Latest spill-related grants announced

    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 »
  • Fire chief arrested for having pot

    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 »
  • BP oil spill lawyers to defend themselves at hearing

    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 »
  • Air Force believes fighter jet crashed in Gulf

    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 »
  • US rig count up 2 to 1,929

    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 »
  • New Gulf oil spill recovery program announced

    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 »
  • BP spill left big oily 'bathtub ring' on seafloor

    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 »
  • Federal offshore oil lease sale set for March

    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 »
  • Phony fisherman netted $75,000 in spill claim

    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 »
  • Ex-BP engineer can travel to China pending trial

    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 »
  • New arraignment date for ex-BP exec

    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 »
  • Coast Guard searching for missing shrimpers

    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 »
  • Judge hears oil spill cleanup workers' claims

    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 »
  • Settlement corruption investigation conference

    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 »
  • Barely a peek by the peak

    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 »
  • Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

    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 »
  • Halliburton agrees to billion dollar oil spill settlement

    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 »
  • Baton Rouge man drowns during Florida vacation

    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 »
  • Trial to be week of March 9 for ex-BP exec

    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 »
  • Dead zone off Louisiana about at 5-year average

    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 »
  • Trial date to be set in ex-BP exec's case

    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 »
  • La. crew assist in fiery Gulf rescue

    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 »
  • Ex-BP engineer's retrial postponed

    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 »
  • Researchers explore Nazi, US shipwrecks off La. coast

    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 »
  • US appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer

    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 »
  • Critical habitat designated for loggerhead turtles

    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 »
  • Court examines charges in 2010 BP disaster deaths

    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 »
  • Judge hears arguments in oil industry lawsuit

    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 »
  • Louisiana oyster beds recovering after storms, oil spill

    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 »
  • Victims from Gulf helicopter crash identified

    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 »
  • New trial ordered for ex-BP engineer

    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 »
  • Search continues for missing after helicopter sinks in Gulf of Mexico

    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 »
  • 2 missing after helicopter sinks in Gulf of Mexico

    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 »
  • Mexican boat seized in Gulf poaching investigation

    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 »
  • Attempt to reinstate charge against former BP exec

    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 »
  • 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 »

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