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  • Prices at the pump drop

    March 22, 2015 3:07 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has dropped 4 cents in the last two weeks to $2.50. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that falling oil prices and strong production at U.S. refineries led to lower numbers at the pump. The drop during... more »
  • Cool Schools: Port Allen High learns about oil and gas production check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 17, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Dr. Rhonda Matthews has been a chemist for more than ten years, and is currently in her second year of teaching at Port Allen High School. One of her favorite classes to teach is Oil and Gas Production . The smaller-sized class teaches students about how refineries... more »
  • BNSF freight train with crude oil derails near Illinois city

    March 5, 2015 5:40 PM

    GALENA, Ill. - A BNSF Railway freight train containing 103 cars loaded with crude oil has derailed near the northern Illinois city of Galena. According to railroad officials, the train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi. Jo Daviess County Sheriff's... more »
  • April hearing set on ex-BP engineer's reversed conviction

    March 5, 2015 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors hoping to win reinstatement of an obstruction of justice conviction against a former BP engineer will argue their case next month at an appeals court in New Orleans. Prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deliberately deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's... more »
  • Train cars carrying crude derail in New Orleans

    March 2, 2015 1:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled. The department said in a statement Sunday night that it received a report of the derailment around 6:15 p.m. The statement says two New Orleans... more »
  • Gas prices in Baton Rouge spiking check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In the last two weeks, gas prices have surged above the $2 mark and experts warn they could continue to rise over the next few weeks. The state average is now $2.16; in Baton Rouge, the average is $2.14. The price for a gallon of regular... more »
  • Lawyers sanctioned over mishandling of BP damage claims

    February 26, 2015 6:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has barred three lawyers - including one who worked inside a court-supervised facility - from handling damage claims over BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because they allegedly lied about a system of payments set up to help speed claims through the process.... more »
  • Report: State budget's biggest problem isn't oil

    February 25, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new report released by the Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office cast doubt Wednesday on the Jindal administration's claims that a massive budget gap is largely due to falling oil prices. The Fiscal Office's report says the upcoming year's budget deficit was pegged at $1.2 billion before... more »
  • NC man charged with making false BP oil spill relief claims

    February 23, 2015 2:19 PM

    WILMINGTON, N.C - A North Carolina man has been charged with filing $2.3 million in false compensation claims following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Michael R. Rosella of Wilmington was arrested by federal authorities Monday and charged with one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and... more »
  • Levee authority divided over future of suit against oil

    February 19, 2015 3:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A board of commissioners is in disagreement about whether to forge on with its high-stakes legal fight over wetlands damage by oil companies or drop their suit. Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown dismissed the suit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Her dismissal... more »
  • Fire from W.Va. oil train derailment burns for 3rd day

    February 18, 2015 12:08 PM

    MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. - A fire triggered by the derailment of a train carrying crude oil is smoldering for a third day in southern West Virginia. State public safety division spokesman Larry Messina said Wednesday that the fire was 85 percent contained. The train carrying 3 million gallons of North... more »
  • Mexico puts some deep-water oil on hold amid crude's slide

    February 18, 2015 11:47 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state-run oil company says it will postpone some deep-water exploration projects in response to a steep fall in crude prices. Petroleos Mexicanos director Emilio Lozoya says deep-water projects that have not already begun will be delayed. He added in Wednesday comments to local radio that there... more »
  • Train derailment sends tanker with crude oil into river

    February 17, 2015 2:08 AM

    MOUNT CARBON, W.V. - Two water treatment plants have been shut down and hundreds of families evacuated from their homes after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed during a snowstorm in southern West Virginia. Officials say at least 14 tankers caught fire or exploded and... more »
  • Jindal to leave La.'s next governor with budget mess

    February 11, 2015 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Year after year, Louisiana didn't have enough money to cover its expenses, yet Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to roll back income tax cuts or ever-increasing corporate tax breaks. Instead, he raided reserve funds and sold off state property. Jindal suggested job growth from his economic development... more »
  • BP urges judges to remove head of oil settlement fund

    February 3, 2015 2:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Attorneys for BP are urging a federal appeals court to remove the man responsible for handing out settlement money from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP lawyers told the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that Patrick Juneau failed to disclose that he had... more »
  • Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

    January 29, 2015 5:27 PM

    BILLINGS, Mont. - As Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, government records show oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. An Associated Press review shows accident numbers growing steadily since 2009, reversing a decade-long decline. Keystone would go from Canada to the... more »
  • Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

    January 27, 2015 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing to open up drilling off a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast for the first time, even as it restricts drilling off Alaska. The plan, unveiled Tuesday, envisions auctioning areas off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies come 2021.... more »
  • Son accused of setting father's home on fire

    January 26, 2015 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge man Saturday after his father said the man set his house on fire while he was inside. Investigators accused 49-year-old Elton Barrow of aggravated arson. Firefighters said they were called out to the burning home on Avenue G just after... more »
  • After spill, pipeline company says new line will be safer

    January 23, 2015 11:06 AM

    BILLINGS, Mont. - A Wyoming company says it will replace a pipeline that broke and spilled oil into the Yellowstone River with a new line buried more deeply to protect against future accidents. The spill contaminated the water supply for 6,000 residents of Glendive, Montana. Officials said Friday that city... more »
  • Corps rejects request for new public hearing on Helis' plans

    January 22, 2015 10:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dealt a setback to opponents of a proposed St. Tammany Parish oil well when it denied a request for a public hearing on the oil company's application for a wetlands permit. Attorneys for the group Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany... more »
  • Ice hampering oil spill cleanup in Yellowstone River

    January 19, 2015 1:00 PM

    GLENDIVE, Mont. - Ice is hampering crews working to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana over the weekend. Bridger Pipeline says it's confident that no more than 1,200 barrels - or 50,000 gallons - of oil leaked during the hour-long breach... more »
  • Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

    January 15, 2015 4:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4... more »
  • Baton Rouge oil jobs safe for now check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 14, 2015 7:00 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Oil jobs in Baton Rouge are safe for now, but things could change if oil prices don't bounce back by the end of the year. That's according to leaders with the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, which held its annual State of the Industry address in Lafayette on... more »
  • With low oil, gasoline prices, is Keystone still necessary?

    January 11, 2015 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A 50-percent plunge in the price of crude oil, and cheaper gasoline at the pump, raise questions about whether the Keystone pipeline is still needed - or even makes financial sense. Opponents will use lower prices to argue that it now could pose a greater threat to the... more »
  • Appeals court won't rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

    January 9, 2015 4:43 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 »
  • Fed sees foreign weakness as risk to US economy

    January 7, 2015 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policy-makers discussed various risks to the U.S. economy at their December meeting but concluded that the big drop in oil prices was likely to end up boosting growth. Minutes of the Fed's Dec. 16-17 meeting show that Fed officials believed weakness in the global economy posed... more »
  • Oil group CEO: Amid price drop, US set to be global leader

    January 6, 2015 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The CEO of the oil and gas industry's top lobbying arm says plunging oil prices may hurt American companies in the short run. But American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard says increased U.S. production and dropping oil prices also mean the U.S. is on its way to being... more »
  • US rig count plummets 35 to 1,840

    December 29, 2014 1:43 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plunged by 35 last week to 1,840. The Houston firm said Monday in its weekly report that 1,499 rigs were exploring for oil and 340 for gas. One... more »
  • Prices at the pump still falling

    December 26, 2014 11:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - It's the gift that keeps on giving. Gas prices have fallen to the lowest level since May of 2009 at an average of $2.32 a gallon. That's according to Triple-A spokesman Michael Green, who adds prices have fallen 92 straight days -- which has never happened before.... more »
  • Pre-trial hearing set for ex-BP exec

    December 3, 2014 6:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for one of the men facing criminal charges in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill are hashing out a variety of issues ahead of a March trial. The defendant is former BP executive David Rainey, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed... more »
  • Kennedy: Higher ed could be 'gutted like a fish' check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 14, 2014 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After the state's Revenue Estimating Committee decided to trim back cash flow forecasts for the fiscal year, Treasurer John Kennedy warned Governor Jindal could take an axe to higher education to make up the difference. "Let me be blunt, they're gonna gut LSU and Southern and... more »
  • Dig up the facts on fracking check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 13, 2014 7:22 PM

    INDEPENDENCE- The controversial method of oil excavation called fracking is raising concerns for some communities, while others are pleased to welcome the process to their parish. In Tangipahoa, land owners are thrilled at the possibility of fracking on their land, because it can mean instant wealth and promises of... more »
  • Hearing held in flood board's oil industry lawsuit

    November 12, 2014 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has heard a series of complex arguments on the future of a lawsuit blaming numerous oil, gas and pipeline companies for the loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana. U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown says she's unlikely to issue a written ruling before Dec.... more »
  • Fracking for oil and gas check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 11, 2014 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fracking for oil and gas looks to be a dream come true. More jobs, a huge boost to the economy, but at what cost? Is there a cost? Parishes are passionately divided. Decide where you stand as Rob Krieger digs up the facts Thursday on WBRZ... more »
  • Judge won't block St. Tammany anti-fracking suit

    October 28, 2014 3:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state district judge in Baton Rouge has refused to block a lawsuit filed by St. Tammany Parish officials who hope to stop a proposed oil drilling and fracking project. Parish officials filed the lawsuit in June. They argue that the well is proposed for an area... more »
  • Oil group hosting job fair Wed. in Lafayette

    October 27, 2014 6:03 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition is hosting a job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome & Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for oil and gas industry companies looking for qualified employees. Military veterans will get special attention in the form of access to career experts... more »
  • US-led strikes hit IS group oil sites for 2nd day

    September 26, 2014 2:05 AM

    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Activists say airstrikes have targeted oil installations and other facilities in territory under the control of Islamic State militants in eastern Syria for a second consecutive day. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes in Deir el-Zour province overnight and early Friday are believed... more »
  • Mexican cartels steal billions from oil industry

    September 25, 2014 1:43 AM

    CIUDAD MIER, Mexico - Mexico has overcome 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and... more »
  • Exxon to wind down Russian drilling project

    September 19, 2014 11:37 AM

    IRVING, Texas - Exxon Mobil says it will stop drilling an exploratory well in Russia's Kara Sea in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Russia over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine. Exxon planned to drill the well between August and October. The latest round of sanctions called for the removal of... more »
  • Study: Want lower gas prices? Ship more oil abroad

    September 9, 2014 1:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Exporting more U.S. oil around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the nation's economy, according to a new study. While the conclusion may be counter-intuitive, the reasoning is straightforward: It would encourage more U.S. oil production and put that crude... 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 »
  • Sheriff: minimal damage from well leak

    June 21, 2014 10:48 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The well that was leaking oil and gas off Highway 75 into the night isn't expected to leak anymore. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi tells News 2 that in hindsight the leak was inevitable. Stassi says the well had been pumping oil and gas for months, but... more »
  • Crisis in Iraq could affect you at the pump check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The summer driving season is here, which means higher prices at the pump. The conflict in Iraq could cause gas costs to rise even more. Islamic militants have been marching around the country, capturing cities and slaughtering members of the Iraqi military. They have captured several... more »
  • Jindal replaces flood board lawsuit supporter

    June 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal has replaced another member of the flood board that filed a controversial lawsuit against the oil and gas industry. Jindal's office announced Friday that Tyrone Ben has been appointed to fill the seat of Tim Doody on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Ben... more »
  • Official: North Dakota tornado injured 9 people

    May 27, 2014 2:11 AM

    WATFORD CITY, N.D. - An emergency management official says a tornado that struck a North Dakota oil worker camp injured nine people, one of them critically. McKenzie County Emergency Management Director Jerry Samuelson says the tornado that struck the camp about 5 miles south of Watford City on Monday destroyed... more »
  • Locals will be alerted to dangerous trains moving through town

    May 7, 2014 10:57 PM

    ST. JAMES - First responders will now be notified when a potentially dangerous train is headed their way. Wednesday, the federal government issued an emergency order requiring train companies to tell state emergency managers before moving large shipments of Bakken Shale crude through communities. Recently, the WBRZ News 2... more »
  • Cassidy pushes Landrieu to consider oil money bill

    April 25, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has said her top priority as the new chairwoman of the Senate energy committee is working on efforts to steer more offshore oil and gas drilling money to Louisiana's treasury for coastal restoration efforts. Landrieu's Senate race challenger, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, said... more »
  • Gas prices rise by 5 cents in past 2 weeks

    April 7, 2014 6:52 AM

    CAMARILLO, CA- The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has risen 5 cents in the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.61, the highest price in Lundberg's twice-monthly surveys since late July 2013. But... more »
  • $144.5M in oil spill fines to be used for La. beach

    April 3, 2014 2:13 PM

    PORT FOURCHON- The foundation overseeing use of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has approved $144.5 million to complete the restoration of a beach near Grand Isle. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says the project will create about 490 acres of habitat, adding about 7.5 miles... more »
  • Investigation far from over in Houston oil spill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 28, 2014 6:03 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Houston-based barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into one of the nation's busiest seaports will be fined by Texas regulators, regardless of the outcome of state or federal investigations. Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of last weekend's accident in... more »
  • AP: No wildlife injured in oil spill

    March 23, 2014 12:11 PM

    TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - Cleanup efforts have begun after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick said Sunday morning that skimmers are recovering the oil that spilled in Saturday's collision and a... 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 »
  • Investigative Unit: 'Bakken Bombs' rolling through communities check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2014 10:49 PM

    ST. JAMES- There is growing concern about what is inside tank cars that carry Bakken Oil along railroads in South Louisiana. Recently, trains hauling the oil have crashed and exploded into out-of-control infernos. Most recently, there were disasters in the northern part of the United States and also Canada.... more »
  • Rail cars used to ship oil called "unacceptable"

    February 26, 2014 3:18 PM

    WASHINGTON- A federal safety official says the rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry "may not be sufficient." National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt told a House subcommittee Wednesday... more »
  • Former BP executive gets delay in oil spill trial

    February 26, 2014 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has indefinitely delayed the trial of a former BP executive accused of lying to Congress about the amount of oil spewing from the company's blown-out well in 2010. David Rainey's trial had been scheduled to begin March 10. Rainey was BP's vice president of exploration... more »
  • Gas well blowout forces evacuations

    February 25, 2014 7:04 PM

    EUNICE- Natural gas is believed to be spewing into the air in Acadia Parish after a well blowout Tuesday evening. Roads were closed and homes were evacuated. People living near Highways 13 and 370 were told to leave. Those roads were also blocked since there is a fear of... more »
  • Oil chief skips subpoena because deposition hurt his heart

    February 24, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is taking an argument over his health, a pending lawsuit, and threats of his arrest public after a judge issued a bench warrant for Don Briggs when he failed to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom Monday. Briggs... more »
  • Section of Mississippi River reopens following oil spill

    February 24, 2014 2:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard says it is conditionally reopening 40 miles of the Mississippi River from New Orleans upriver, but 25 miles remain closed after oil spilled into the river. Port spokesman Matt Gresham says each vessel's hull must be certified clean of oil before it can move along... more »
  • Keystone XL oil pipeline clears hurdle

    January 31, 2014 2:34 PM

    WASHINGTON- The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada has cleared a significant hurdle after the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction. The department's says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed regardless of U.S. action on the pipeline and other options to get the... more »
  • Well in Tuscaloosa oil field delayed

    December 27, 2013 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A big leaseholder in the massive Tuscaloosa marine shale oil field has run into problems. Houston-based Goodrich Petroleum says a well in Amite, Mississippi near the Louisiana border will be delayed until the company can unclog it. The well was near completion and had begun... more »
  • Oil and gas lawsuit contract modified

    December 20, 2013 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys suing oil and gas companies on behalf of a New Orleans-area levee board have agreed to modify their contract. They would take less money if they suit is successful and have removed a part of the contract that critics have said give them too much... 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 »
  • Audit: State falls short in severance tax review

    December 2, 2013 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue hasn't been making sure oil and gas companies pay all their severance taxes, according to a new audit. Legislative auditor Daryl Purpera says the state could be missing out on millions of dollars it is owed. Oil and gas severance... more »
  • Towboat sinks into Mississippi River

    November 26, 2013 8:08 AM

    LECLAIRE, Iowa - The Coast Guard says a towboat sank in the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities-area community of LeClaire, releasing oil into the water. The Stephen L. Colby struck a submerged object Monday afternoon, which caused the vessel to sink. The Coast Guard says the nine members... 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 »
  • Feds place blame after platform explosion

    November 4, 2013 9:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An offshore company and contractors are blamed for an explosion on an oil platform that killed three workers last year. The men were using a torch to cut pipes on the platform off the coast of Louisiana when pipes ignited. They were refurbishing the platform about 20... more »
  • Former Halliburton manager pleads guilty

    October 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former manager for Halliburton pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill. Anthony Badalamenti's guilty plea in U.S District Court today comes with a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing will take place in January. Badalamenti... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to $200,000 fine

    September 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge accepted the plea deal today. Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It comes after data was deleted for a... more »
  • Judge asked to dismiss BP rig supervisors' charges

    September 18, 2013 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster have asked a federal judge to dismiss the manslaughter charges against their clients. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule Wednesday after hearing arguments by Justice Department... more »
  • Audit: State could be losing oil royalty money

    September 16, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new review by the legislative auditor says the state Department of Natural Resources hasn't done a consistent job of collecting the millions in royalties owed to the state from oil and gas activity. The audit says lax reviews by the department's Office of Mineral Resources could... more »
  • Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

    September 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore endorses the lawsuit in a full-page advertisement in Monday editions of The Advocate newspaper.... more »
  • Oil Spill on the Mississippi River

    September 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    CONVENT - The Coast Guard says they are working with a vessel in the Mississippi River to clean up an oil spill. Officials say the spill is coming from a vessel at Yara Terminal Mile 167 stationed in Convent. Yara operators say the crew on board the vessel is... more »
  • BP urges court to toss judge's settlement approval

    August 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful. Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
  • LSP working big rig fire on I-10 near Texas

    August 28, 2013 6:38 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - State Police said a truck carrying drums of oil caught fire this afternoon on I-10 East near the Texas state line. Troopers said no one was hurt in the wreck or fire, which happened around 4 p.m between the exits to LA 108 and LA 1256... more »
  • Oil spill restoration overseers approve 1st plan

    August 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says the committee that will oversee some of BP PLC's oil spill fines hopes to put money into restoration projects within 12 months. Pritzker spoke as chairwoman of the federal-state Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which will oversee 80 percent of BP's... more »
  • Groups protest Jindal opposition to oil and gas lawsuit

    August 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmental and pubic interest groups are lashing out at Governor Jindal over his opposition to a lawsuit against oil and gas companies. The lawsuit was filed last month by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, saying oil and gas activity contributed to the erosion of the... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    August 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... more »
  • Report: Unsafe welding led to fatal Gulf accident

    August 21, 2013 11:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A report for a Texas-based company says a deadly 2012 explosion on its Gulf of Mexico oil platform off the Louisiana coast happened when workers for a subcontractor used unsafe welding practices. The report released Wednesday was done by ABSG Consulting for Black Elk Energy. ABSG says... more »
  • US rig count up 13 this week to 1,791

    August 16, 2013 4:12 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 13 this week to 1,791. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,397 rigs were exploring for oil and 388 for gas.... more »
  • Flood board votes to continue oil & gas lawsuit

    August 15, 2013 5:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control board has declined to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal erosion, but is also raising the possibility that it might suspend at least some of its activity on the suit. Gov. Bobby Jindal and his coastal protection chief have... more »
  • Firm challenges hold on processing its BP claims

    August 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans law firm has asked a federal judge to lift a hold on processing BP oil spill claims for hundreds of its clients while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates allegations of misconduct by an attorney who referred a client to the firm. A court... more »
  • Oil & gas suit likely topic at flood board meeting

    August 15, 2013 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Supporters of a southeast Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies greeted the board with enthusiastic applause as its monthly meeting was gaveled to order. More than a dozen stood and applauded at Thursday's opening of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, which oversees... more »
  • Man arrested for fraud in oil spill claim

    August 14, 2013 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 66-year-old Buras man has been arrested, accused of creating a false bill of sale for a boat in order to obtain settlement money from BP. The Advocate reports Limauel Lee Watson was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Tuesday night on counts of injuring public... more »
  • Flood official: oil companies 'trashed the hotel room'

    August 14, 2013 11:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control official is likening the oil and gas industry in coastal Louisiana to rock stars who bring a lot of money to the area but, in his words, "trashed the hotel room." Stephen Estopinal was speaking in defense of an unprecedented lawsuit filed against... more »
  • BP ordered to pay settlement administrator $130M

    August 7, 2013 12:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled Wednesday that BP is obligated to fund the... more »
  • BP cites new fraud allegations in spill settlement

    August 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing Monday, BP... 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 »
  • Halliburton has incentive to cut another deal

    July 26, 2013 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has resolved a Justice Department criminal probe of its role in the Gulf oil spill by agreeing to pay a $200,000 fine and admitting it destroyed evidence, but the company still has a powerful incentive to cut another deal with businesses and residents. The plea agreement... more »
  • Jindal demands flood board drop coastal lawsuit

    July 24, 2013 5:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a lawsuit filed by a flood protection board against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies is a "trial lawyer windfall." The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in state court in New Orleans Wednesday. The lawsuit says oil and... more »
  • Oil and gas industry will fight coastal protection lawsuit

    July 24, 2013 12:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials in the oil and gas industry say they will vigorously defend against a lawsuit accusing companies of damaging hundreds of acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against hurricane flooding. A statement from Chris John, president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas... more »

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