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  • Baton Rouge company objects to delay as it seeks to drill near Glacier

    July 15, 2015 12:38 PM

    BILLINGS - A Louisiana company seeking to drill for natural gas on land in Montana held sacred by some American Indians is objecting to a 75-day review period sought by a federal panel considering the proposal. Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge wanted to begin drilling this summer on its 6,200-acre... more »
  • Waste Management building compressed natural gas facility

    May 14, 2015 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Waste Management of Louisiana has begun construction on a compressed natural gas facility in Walker. The property will fuel the company's trucks servicing Livingston Parish and the rest of the greater Baton Rouge area. Waste Management has already begun converting its truck fleet to compressed natural gas.... more »
  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 20 to 1,028

    April 2, 2015 1:59 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 20 this week to 1,028 amid slumping oil prices. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Thursday 802 rigs were seeking oil and 222 exploring for natural gas. Four... more »
  • Safety board: Systemic flaws in gas pipelines oversight

    January 27, 2015 2:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Accident investigators say there are systemic weaknesses in the way natural gas providers protect against the rupture of major, high-pressure pipelines in populated areas. They are pointing to three powerful accidents in California, Florida and West Virginia in recent years. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board... more »
  • Entergy to upgrade natural gas piping in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 22, 2015 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy is upgrading some of its natural gas piping in Baton Rouge after the federal government made recommendations that utility companies replace aging pipes. In the last decade gas leaks have killed more than 130 people in the US, injured 600 and caused $2 billion worth... 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 »
  • US rig count down 9 to 1,922

    October 3, 2014 1:08 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by nine this week to 1,922. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,591 rigs were exploring for oil and 330 for gas. One... more »
  • Fire at offshore gas platform prompts evacuation

    October 3, 2014 2:13 AM

    ANCHORAGE, AK - Responders say a fire at an offshore liquefied natural gas platform in Alaska has been fully contained. The unified command for the incident said in a statement Thursday the Cook Inlet platform will be monitored throughout the night. The fire destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced... more »
  • Baton Rouge port to get LNG facility

    September 30, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Port of Baton Rouge will get its first natural gas liquefaction and fueling facility in 2015. Houston-based Waller Marine, Inc. and Omaha-based Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC announced Tuesday Tenaska Bayou LNG will be built on approximately 80 acres at the Baton Rouge port. The facility will... more »
  • BR street closed after gas leak

    September 26, 2014 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters closed a Baton Rouge street after a natural gas leak was reported. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the leak happened around 11 a.m. near Government Street. Firefighters closed Government between Jefferson and Marion while utility crews dealt with the leak.... more »
  • Chevron draining natural gas after worker death

    September 14, 2014 1:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say that Chevron is still releasing natural gas from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where a Saturday incident killed a maintenance worker. Col. Mike Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said Sunday his agency and the U.S. Coast Guard intend to send a... more »
  • Gas leak puts shopping center on alert

    August 21, 2014 9:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A shopping center near the Siegen/Perkins intersection was evacuated and had its power disconnected after a contractor hit a gas line and caused a leak Thursday evening. It took crews just more than two hours to seal the lake and about thirty more minutes to ventilate... more »
  • Sheriff: expect lengthy ordeal around well leak site

    June 20, 2014 7:56 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The company responsible for a well that is leaking off Highway 75 will evaluate the situation and formulate a plan to deal with the danger, the sheriff said Friday night. Highway 75 has been closed south of the city because of the situation. "[The highway] is shutdown... more »
  • Obama carbon rule: Surprise winners, losers

    June 2, 2014 1:51 PM

    NEW YORK - Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal, or that produce power-saving technology, are likely to benefit from the Obama Administration's new proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Natural gas producers, nuclear generators, wind farm operators, solar panel makers and efficiency technology... more »
  • Florida Blvd. closed during Thursday's rush hour

    April 24, 2014 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews responded to a natural gas leak which shut down Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge Thursday afternoon. Crews reported the leak at 2250 Florida Boulevard, and traffic officials closed the highway in both directions between N. 22nd and N. 23rd. Baton Rouge Fire spokesperson... more »
  • Fiery natural gas leak caused problems Monday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 21, 2014 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a day of dealing with issues, crews were finally able to open Stanford Avenue and two other streets near the lake Monday night. Construction crews doing work in the area hit a natural gas line, causing a leak and a fire at a nearby pump... more »
  • Con Ed pays 87 victims following NYC blast

    March 20, 2014 10:44 AM

    NEW YORK - Con Edison has made compensation payments to 87 survivors and residents displaced by the fatal building explosion last week in New York City. The utility says it began making the payments last Thursday, a day after the blast. This week, federal investigators found a leak in the... more »
  • Garbage trucks switching to natural gas

    February 27, 2014 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Company officials announced that Waste Management trucks in Baton Rouge will switch from running on diesel to compressed natural gas in a move to help keep local air clean. WM spokesperson Warren Guedry said they would start converting their fleet of trucks at the end of... more »
  • Bluebonnet open after shutdown

    November 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Bluebonnet between I-10 and Jefferson Highway fully reopened after a lunchtime shutdown Monday. Emergency crews were dealing with a natural gas leak. Lanes between Oliphant and Gail were re-routed due to the leak. Traffic was impacted by this closure for less than an hour. ... more »
  • Bills to speed oil and gas drilling considered

    November 20, 2013 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Three bills to speed up oil and natural gas drilling are being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the bills that's expected to win approval in the Republican controlled House today would restrict the Interior Department from enforcing proposed rules on hydraulic fracturing, or... more »
  • Shell plans open houses for proposed plant

    October 21, 2013 10:14 PM

    GONZALES- Shell will begin a series of meetings Tuesday, introducing Ascension Parish to a possible gas-to-liquids plant along the Mississippi River. Recently, Shell announced i t was considering a site near the river and the Sunshine Bridge. The plant would create 750 new jobs, classified as high-paying. The... more »
  • Shell considering $12.5B plant in Ascension Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2013 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shell says it has settled on Ascension Parish to possibly build a $12.5 billion natural gas to liquids plant that would create 740 jobs. No final decision has been made on whether to construct the facility. The company says it will decide after more detailed planning and... more »
  • Relief well work, cleanup continue at blowout site

    August 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    HOUMA - Federal regulators say drilling continues on a relief well to permanently seal a natural gas well that blew wild last month in the Gulf of Mexico. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement spokeswoman Eileen Angelico says crews finished plugging and cementing the original well on Aug. 13. She... more »
  • Gulf relief well drilling expected to take month

    July 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Crews are expected this week to begin drilling a relief well at the site of a natural gas well that blew wild off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the a rig... more »
  • Scientists collect water near site of blown well

    July 29, 2013 10:18 AM

    NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO - Scientists are trying to figure out if a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers gathered water samples about five miles from the rig Saturday. That's as close as Coast Guard officials allowed... more »
  • Lots going on near well that caught fire last week

    July 28, 2013 7:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say gas detectors and automatic, high-capacity water hoses are being installed on a drilling rig where a natural gas well caught fire last week. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says another jack-up rig is being readied to drill a relief well to permanently... more »
  • Rig for relief well being positioned at gas leak

    July 27, 2013 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities say a rig is being positioned to drill a relief well for a gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, and a permit is in the final stages of review. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that it's reviewing Walter Oil... more »
  • Awaiting plan for permanent plug on Gulf gas well

    July 26, 2013 4:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say a slight sheen was visible again near a damaged gas drilling rig that blew wild and burned earlier this week off Louisiana's coast, but the sheen was quickly dissipating. The fire went out after the well stopped spewing gas. Authorities believe the well clogged... more »
  • Fire out at natural gas well off La. coast

    July 25, 2013 12:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An official with the company that owns a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig that caught fire after a natural gas blowout says the rig appears stable now that the fire is out. He also says there was no sign of an oil sheen on the water during... more »
  • Sediment clogs wild natural gas well in the Gulf

    July 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe. In a Thursday news release, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the well "bridged... more »
  • Rig owner eyes relief well to divert gas off coast

    July 25, 2013 8:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The owner of a natural gas drilling rig flaming off Louisiana's coast says preparations are under way for the possible drilling of a relief well to divert gas from the site and bring the well under control. Experts say the effort is complicated and could take... more »
  • Experts say environmental risk from blowout small

    July 24, 2013 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Experts say the blowout and fire at a natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana won't necessarily pose much of an environmental risk. For one thing, officials say they're seeing no sheens near the well during flyovers of the area. That indicates that gas is burning... more »
  • Owner of burning Gulf rig considers relief well

    July 24, 2013 10:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The owner of a drilling rig that's ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico says it may drill a relief well as part of a plan to control the natural gas well that blew wild. A news release from Hercules Offshore Inc. says the relief well is among... more »
  • 44 rescued from Gulf rig after natural gas blowout

    July 23, 2013 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Wild well experts are expected to arrive soon at the site of a natural gas well blowing out of control in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast. Hercules Offshore Inc. operated the drilling rig where the blowout occurred. Jim Noe, a Hercules executive, said Tuesday evening... more »
  • US rig count up 11 this week to 1,770

    July 19, 2013 4:26 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,770. The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 1,395 rigs were exploring for oil and 369 for gas.... more »
  • Temporary plug set in well that leaked last week

    July 15, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say a well that seeped natural gas for much of last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that Energy Resource Technology LLC used a "bridge plug" to isolate the... more »
  • 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 »
  • US rig count up 6 this week to 1,771

    June 14, 2013 3:03 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,771. The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 1,413 rigs were exploring for oil and 353 for gas.... more »
  • Baker to upgrade city's natural gas pipelines

    April 10, 2013 8:37 AM

    BAKER - The Baker City Council has approved a bid for a project in the works for more than 20 years to upgrade some of the city's natural gas pipelines. Mayor Harold Rideau says the city has been trying to secure funding since 1990 to upgrade some natural gas pipelines... more »
  • Israel faces geopolitical tangle with natural gas

    March 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    JERUSALEM - Recent discoveries of massive offshore natural gas deposits, set to begin flowing in the coming days, are turning into a mixed blessing for Israel. The deposits are expected to provide Israel enough natural gas for decades and transform the country, famously empty of natural resources, into an energy... more »
  • Government again delays proposed 'fracking' rule

    January 18, 2013 5:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Interior Department is again delaying a proposed rule that would require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The Obama administration first proposed a "fracking" rule last May, with a final rule expected by the... more »
  • State Dept: Americans still hostage in Algeria

    January 18, 2013 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says Americans are still held hostage in Algeria on the third day of a standoff with militants at a natural gas complex in the Sahara. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. is working with Algeria and other governments to try to secure their... more »
  • $1.3B natural gas-to-gasoline plant planned for LC

    January 16, 2013 3:57 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - G2X Energy Inc. of Houston says it plans a $1.3 billion plant to turn natural gas into gasoline at the Port of Lake Charles. Louisiana Economic Development said Tuesday it would create 243 jobs averaging $66,500 a year. They say G2X will lease 200 acres... more »
  • New drilling operation near fiery I-10 blowout site

    November 20, 2012 9:43 PM

    RAMAH- Drilling crews have returned to an area where a drilling disaster happened in 2007. Then, a blowout preventer failed and ignited a fireball. The inferno shutdown the I-10 Basin Bridge for ten days. Since then, rules have been changed. Now, a company has received a permit to... more »
  • State orders Texas Brine to take further sinkhole steps

    November 12, 2012 6:41 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - State conservation officials issued a series of orders today for Texas Brine to follow as they continue to clean up a sinkhole which formed on their property in Assumption Parish. State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh ordered the company to install a network of observation and... more »
  • Bayou Corne residents want sinkhole questions answered check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 20, 2012 5:44 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - A 25-foot-section of the sinkhole in Assumption Parish collapsed overnight, the second time this week that's happened. Tonight, residents are holding a community meeting to get answers to what's causing all these incidents, However, parish officials said they won't be at the meeting because there aren't... more »
  • Permit approved for Texas Brine relief well

    August 13, 2012 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drilling of a new well into an abandoned brine cavern could begin in a few days. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has approved Texas Brine LLC's permit to drill the well. The purpose is to determine the structural status of the cavern and determine... more »
  • Bubbles in bayou raise concerns check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 28, 2012 6:15 PM

    PIERRE PART - Assumption Parish authorities are holding a meeting to discuss a natural gas leak causing bubbles in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou. For seven years, Shelly Hernandez has called Bayou Corne home. "I really love the area, it was very peaceful until we started having gas... more »
  • Weekly US oil, gas rig count down by 5 to 1,966

    June 22, 2012 1:11 PM

    HOUSTON- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is down by five this week to 1,966. Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,421 rigs were exploring for oil and 541 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year... more »
  • Salazar set to approve major gas well project

    May 8, 2012 9:47 AM

    SALT LAKE CITY- U. S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was set to approve a major natural gas drilling project in Utah. Salazar planned to make the announcement Tuesday at a pipeline compression station on Salt Lake City's west side. He offered no details before the event got under way.... more »
  • Natural gas falls on spell of balmy US weather

    March 13, 2012 11:06 AM

    Natural gas prices are falling again as balmy weather stretches across most of the nation and supplies remain plentiful. Natural gas dropped 5 cents to $2.215 per 1,000 cubic feet in trading in New York. That's the lowest price in a decade. The price has dropped about 26 percent this... more »
  • Natural gas fueling plans may spur vehicle growth

    December 27, 2011 1:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Consumers, manufacturers and fuel suppliers so far haven't shown much interest in natural gas-powered cars, even though the United States has record supplies of the fuel. But there are signs of change. Clean Energy Corp. is expanding natural gas refueling to 150 U.S. truck stops - though... more »
  • Lafayette moving toward natural gas

    December 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - Two public fueling stations for natural gas-powered vehicles are set to open next year in Lafayette as part of initiatives that include new natural gas buses and the conversion of at least 40 city-parish vehicles to run on natural gas. The efforts come in a wider push... more »
  • Weekly US oil and gas rig count drops by 1

    November 24, 2011 3:10 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by one this week to 2,000. Houston-based drilling product provider Baker Hughes Inc. reported Wednesday 1,130 rigs were exploring for oil and 865 for natural gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous.... more »
  • Weekly US oil and gas rig count drops by 10

    November 11, 2011 1:41 PM

    HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by 10 this week to 2,016. Houston-based drilling product provider Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,133 rigs were exploring for oil and 877 for natural gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous.... more »
  • Panel: Drilling impacts could be 'excessive'

    November 10, 2011 6:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal advisory panel is warning that "serious environmental consequences" could result from the gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing if steps aren't taken to reduce its impacts. The seven-member committee said in a report released Thursday that progress by the federal government and the oil... more »
  • African company to study building refinery in La.

    September 13, 2011 1:14 PM

    WESTLAKE, La. - A South African energy company has picked a site in southwest Louisiana as a possible location a multibillion dollar refinery to convert natural gas to diesel and other products. Johannesburg-based Sasol Ltd. announced Tuesday that it will study the feasibility of building a "gas-to-liquids complex" in... more »
  • Tropical storm Lee closes oil, natural gas operations

    September 2, 2011 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tropical Storm Lee has cut off just under half of the normal oil production from the Gulf of Mexico. That's the word from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. The agency said Friday that 169 of the 617 manned production platforms... more »
  • Denham Springs raises price of natural gas

    June 16, 2011 5:41 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- The Denham Springs City Council has increased its natural gas price to municipal customers by 20 cents per 100 cubic feet of gas and added a yearly cost-of-living increase despite public opposition. City Treasurer Clarence Speed tells The Advocate the 20-cent gas increase will cost average customers $7.77... more »
  • Worker dies after fall on abandoned gas platform

    April 18, 2011 5:20 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A worker sealing off an abandoned natural gas well in the Gulf died this morning after a fall, according to authorities. A spokesperson with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said the worker with Alliance Oilfield Services died when he fell through a... more »
  • State losing on natural gas tax exemption

    March 10, 2011 2:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Buried in a 1994 law is a tax exemption that,so far, has cost financially strapped Louisiana more than $220 million from the natural gas bounty of the Haynesville Shale formation in the northwestern parishes. But as the state faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, legislative leaders... more »
  • 'All Clear' given for natural gas leak on LSU campus

    March 10, 2011 11:13 AM

    UPDATE 12:08 p.m. - LSU officials have given the all-clear after this morning's natural gas leak, and people are being allowed back into the affected area. BATON ROUGE - LSU officials sent out a campus-wide alert a short time ago, warning people to stay away from a natural gas... more »
  • Nucor breaks ground in Convent

    March 7, 2011 1:04 PM

    CONVENT, La. - Nucor Corp.'s CEO says it was Louisiana's plentiful natural gas supplies that made it possible for the steel maker to come here. Chief Executive Dan DiMiecco and Gov. Bobby Jindal formally broke ground today for a $750 million iron making plant in St. James Parish. ... more »
  • Academy responds to industry's "Gasland" request

    February 25, 2011 1:06 PM

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it's not in the business of vetting best documentary contenders for truth and accuracy. That's up to Oscar voters. The academy has responded to attacks on the documentary "Gasland," a critical look at natural gas drilling.... more »
  • Road crew hits, ruptures gas line; forces evacuations

    February 21, 2011 4:33 PM

    UPDATE: as of 445pm, the fire is out and people are being allowed back into their homes. BATON ROUGE - St. George Fire Department personnel are on the scene of a natural gas rupture in the Shenandoah area. A natural gas line ruptured after a road-repair crew hit it a... more »

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