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  • Shell to trim jobs in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico

    July 21, 2016 6:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil giant Shell says it will be cutting about 190 jobs from its deep-water Gulf of Mexico operations. Kimberly Windon, a Shell spokeswoman, says the company determined its staffing levels were higher than other operators'. The cuts include both contractors and Shell employees. The company said Thursday... more »
  • Alaska could end to oil checks paid to residents since 1982

    June 29, 2016 11:19 AM

    ANCHORAGE - As Alaska faces a multibillion dollar budget deficit, the oil fund wealth checks distributed yearly to nearly every Alaskan could be on the chopping block. It could mean the first time in more than 30 years that most Alaskans won't get a check from the government just for... more »
  • Gas prices drop nearly a penny, still average $2.37 a gallon

    June 19, 2016 4:05 PM

    CAMARILLO - The average price of gasoline has leveled off to $2.37 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price dropped nearly a penny since peaking two weeks ago. The slight decline came after nearly three months of rising prices. Lundberg says the... more »
  • State supreme court won't hear St. Tammany fracking appeal

    June 19, 2016 3:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A sharply divided Louisiana Supreme Court says it won't hear a challenge to a state decision awarding a permit to a company that wants to drill an oil well in St. Tammany Parish. Helis Oil & Gas said before the decision that it's ready to begin drilling... more »
  • EPA's plan to boost ethanol use in gasoline gets hearing

    June 9, 2016 10:02 AM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - All sides of the ethanol and biofuels debate are getting the chance to weigh in on a federal agency's proposal to boost the amount of renewable fuels blended into gasoline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its only hearing Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, on... more »
  • Gas prices jump 6 cents over past 2 weeks, averages $2.37

    June 5, 2016 3:16 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price of gasoline has jumped by six cents over the past two weeks to $2.37 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the hike is mostly due to a continuing increase in crude oil prices. The price at the pump... more »
  • Gas prices jump by 5 cents over past 2 weeks, averages $2.32

    May 22, 2016 5:09 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price of gasoline has jumped by a nickel over the past two weeks to $2.32 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the hike is mostly due to a continuing increase in crude oil prices. The price at the pump... more »
  • Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    May 12, 2016 11:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS -- On Thursday, the US Coast Guard responded to a crude oil spill from an underwater Shell pipeline. Shell officials said they believe about 2,100 barrels of oil were released as a result of the spill. Authorities said Shell has isolated the leak and shut down production... more »
  • Gas prices jump by 8 cents over past 2 weeks, averages $2.18

    April 24, 2016 2:55 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price of gasoline has jumped by 8 cents over the past three weeks to $2.18 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the hike is partly due to crude oil prices edging up. The price at the pump has gone... more »
  • Oil company to pay fines over 3 Atchafalaya oil spills

    April 23, 2016 3:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a Lafayette-based oil company has agreed to pay more than $700,000 in fines in connection with three crude oil spills in the Atchafalaya River basin. The U.S. Justice Department announced Friday it had entered a consent decree with ORB Exploration LLC. The company is... more »
  • Medical marijuana proposal wins Senate support

    April 20, 2016 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A day after falling one vote short, backers of a proposal to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana law to cover more diseases found success in the Senate. Senators voted 21-16 Wednesday for the proposal from Republican Sen. Fred Mills. It needed 20 votes to pass. Louisiana hasn't yet... more »
  • Drilling protesters: 'The Gulf is not for sale!'

    April 18, 2016 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - About 50 opponents of continued oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico rallied on the sidewalk and then brought their chants into a public meeting about potential impacts of continuing the lease program for five more years. For a few minutes, they stood... more »
  • A bust hits the Oil Patch as rest of nation enjoys cheap gas

    April 17, 2016 3:33 PM

    HOUMA - In Louisiana's Oil Patch, folks can't wait for the price of gas to go back up. Cheap gasoline at the pump - though a welcome cash infusion for millions of American households - is a way of saying "recession" in south Louisiana, where oil wells are as common... more »
  • Feds issue new, tougher offshore drilling rules

    April 14, 2016 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Obama administration has issued new rules to make offshore oil and natural gas drilling equipment safer and to reduce risks in digging wells, but the oil industry is blasting those rules as unnecessary and costly. The rules were published Thursday by the Interior Department, nearly six... more »
  • Gas prices jump by 8 cents over past 3 weeks, to $2.10

    April 10, 2016 3:07 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price of gasoline has jumped by 8 cents over the past three weeks, to $2.10 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the hike is due to gas stations raising prices nearly twice as much as refiners are raising wholesale... more »
  • Governor seeks role in lawsuits against oil, gas companies

    April 7, 2016 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Edwards administration has joined the state attorney general in getting involved in lawsuits filed against oil and gas activities over damage to coastal wetlands. On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is seeking to intervene in lawsuits filed by Plaquemines,... more »
  • Energy leaders host 2016 Oil and Gas Industry Day Play Video

    April 5, 2016 6:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Several state leaders are the 2016 Oil and Gas Industry Day Tuesday to discuss one of Louisiana's most important industries and some of the problems facing it. The oil and gas industry accounts for one out of every six jobs in the state. Recently, the industry has been... more »
  • UPDATE: St. Mary Parish lifts shelter advisory following spill

    March 28, 2016 8:47 PM

    ST. MARY PARISH - Louisiana State Police Haz Mat lifted the shelter advisory in place for residents after an oil spill in Bayou Teche near the Adeline Bridge occurred on Monday night. Highway 87 is now open, accoriding to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. The portion of Bayou... more »
  • Two schools close as area deals with losses due to oil price free fall

    March 28, 2016 12:42 PM

    MORGAN CITY - An elementary school in this onetime oil rich St. Mary Parish city will close because of a significant loss in sales taxes. M.D. Shannon Elementary is one of two schools slated for closure recently. The other, J.A. Hernandez Elementary in Franklin, will also close its doors.... more »
  • Gas prices jump by 17 cents over past 2 weeks, to $2.02

    March 20, 2016 3:28 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price of gasoline has jumped by 17 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.02 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the hike is due to growing demand for gasoline across the nation and higher crude oil prices. Lundberg... more »
  • Gas prices jump by 7 cents over past 2 weeks, to $1.84

    March 6, 2016 8:20 PM

    CAMARILLO - The average price of gasoline has jumped by 7 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.84 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that despite the increase, the price is 70 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago. Lundberg says the moderate price hike is... more »
  • Standoff between state House, Senate impeding progress Play Video

    March 2, 2016 1:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday at the capitol, discussions over raising sin taxes stalled again, but lawmakers did make a last minute decision to approve a one cent sales tax increase. For a 3rd consecutive day, Louisiana's House of Representatives refused to take an action on two tax increases - cigarettes... more »
  • Boom to bust: Crude oil costing families Play Video

    February 23, 2016 12:30 AM

    MORGAN CITY- Going to the gas pump isn't the pain it used to be. Many drivers are loving the cheaper prices, but dropping oil prices are placing a burden on residents in places like Morgan City that rely heavily on the oil and gas industry. Offshore workers are being laid... more »
  • White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

    February 10, 2016 5:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast. In its proposed budget for 2017, the White House said Tuesday it wanted to repeal a... more »
  • State economist: La. entering recession Play Video

    February 10, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The economic outlook of the state took a dramatic, somber turn Wednesday morning when revenue estimators met at the capitol. The deficit for the current fiscal year grew to almost $1 billion. It had hovered around $750 million until Wednesday. The fiscal year ends at the... more »
  • Chevron expected to cut hundreds of jobs in Covington and Lafayette

    February 5, 2016 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Chevron North America issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Friday, announcing possible layouts at five of their offices in Covington and Lafayette. In a news release sent out today, the company said it's refocusing its efforts on increasing its efficiency and cutting costs due to the... more »
  • Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

    February 4, 2016 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 tax for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected to be dead-on-arrival among Republicans... more »
  • US rig count down 18 this week to 619; Texas down 13

    January 29, 2016 2:14 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 18 this week to 619. The Houston firm said Friday 498 rigs sought oil and 121 explored for natural gas amid depressed energy prices. A year... more »
  • Gov. Edwards discusses future at oil & gas group event

    January 29, 2016 12:03 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - Industry leaders and state officials say times are tough in the oil and gas patch with low commodity prices and a troubled state budget only complicate the path toward recovery. During the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association's annual meeting Thursday in Lake Charles, the American Press... more »
  • Gas prices plunge 14 cents over past 2 weeks

    January 24, 2016 4:24 PM

    CAMARILLO - The average price of gasoline has plunged 14 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.91 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that with the latest decline the price is the lowest it's been in seven years. Lundberg says the price drop may soon end as... more »
  • Stocks routed again as oil slide seems bottomless

    January 20, 2016 11:34 AM

    NEW YORK - Energy stocks are leading another sell-off on Wall Street as the price of oil continues to plunge. U.S. crude dropped 2 percent to just under $28 a barrel in New York early Wednesday. Dropping energy prices is a sign that the global economy is slowing down. Oil... more »
  • Iran to boost oil output by 500,000 barrels

    January 18, 2016 1:12 PM

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran plans to increase oil production by 500,000 barrels per day now that sanctions have been lifted under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Deputy Oil Minister Roknoddin Javadi says Iran is determined to retake its market share, which plunged after the crippling sanctions were imposed... more »
  • With wave of Iranian oil imminent, a shudder in Saudi Arabia

    January 17, 2016 7:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new wave of oil from Iran will flow into a global market awash in oil where prices are plunging to depths not seen in a dozen years. With a historic nuclear deal between Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers set into place this weekend, a... more »
  • Gas prices continue to fall

    January 9, 2016 1:53 PM

    CHICAGO - The average price for a gallon of regular gas is $1.97. That's 19 cents lower than prices at the pump one year ago, according to GasBuddy.com. The group's senior petroleum analyst, Patrick DeHaan, says 77 percent of the country is paying less than $2.00 a gallon this weekend.... more »
  • Q&A: How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

    December 31, 2015 1:43 PM

    NEW YORK - The Saudis are tightening their belts this year which can mean only one thing: you're saving a bucket load on gasoline. Massive stockpiles of crude globally have turned 2015 into the year of the pain-free fill up. High five your local gas pump, buckle up and hit... more »
  • Gas prices still falling as crude oil costs nosedive

    December 20, 2015 3:12 PM

    CAMARILLO - The price of gasoline nationwide keeps dropping. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the average price of regular gas fell 4 cents in the past two weeks, to $2.06 per gallon. That's the lowest price since April 2009. Lundberg says the drop is due to another nosedive... more »
  • US expected to lift ban on U. S. oil exports

    December 16, 2015 5:10 PM

    NEW YORK - The U.S. could soon end restrictions on oil exports put in place in the mid-1970s. The lifting of the embargo is part of a spending deal expected to be pushed through the House and Senate by the end of the week. Here are the reasons why... more »
  • Louisiana economic growth lags nation in second quarter

    December 12, 2015 2:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New figures show Louisiana's economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate from April through June, slower than the nation's economy. Gross domestic product numbers released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all of the economic output of each state. Louisiana's performance... more »
  • US steps up attacks on Islamic State oil trucks in Syria

    November 23, 2015 11:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is accelerating its attacks on tanker trucks used by the Islamic State to haul oil for its lucrative smuggling operations. A U.S. spokesman in Baghdad said Monday that the U.S. hit 283 oil tanker trucks in eastern Syria on Saturday as part of a concerted... more »
  • Obama administration nixes Keystone XL pipeline

    November 6, 2015 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - After seven years of federal review, the Keystone X-L oil pipeline has been rejected. President Barack Obama says he made the decision because the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests, and would have undercut the country's global leadership on climate change. Speaking at the White... more »
  • Feds: 1 dead in accident on drillship in Gulf of Mexico

    October 20, 2015 6:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two federal agencies are investigating an accident that killed a man on a ship drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The owners say nobody else was hurt. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday on the drillship Pacific Santa Ana. Spokeswoman Amy Roddy... more »
  • Economists question Bush's prescription for lower gas prices

    September 29, 2015 7:02 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Oil industry economists say a link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal. Bush's overall premise that lifting the... more »
  • Shell to end Arctic drilling exploration

    September 28, 2015 2:09 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says Royal Dutch Shell's decision to stop exploratory drilling in the Arctic shows the state needs to drive its own destiny through oil and gas development. Shell said Monday that it was ending operations in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska after a test... more »
  • US drilling states guided on handling quakes

    September 28, 2015 1:05 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A working group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts has issued guidance to state regulators for handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking wastewater. The StatesFirst initiative's 150-page report was released Monday. It represents perhaps the most candid discussion... more »
  • Weekly US oil and natural gas rig count falls by 6 to 842

    September 18, 2015 2:21 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by six to 842. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 644 rigs were seeking oil and 198 explored for natural gas. A year ago, with... more »
  • Louisiana oil and gas lease sales slump in September

    September 15, 2015 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Sales of oil and gas drilling rights on Louisiana state and local lands fell to $476,400 in September. The state saw relatively lucrative lease sales in June and August despite falling oil prices. The Louisiana Mineral and Energy Board awarded 10 leases covering nearly 1,600 acres during the... more »
  • What will drillers do as prices fall? Depends who you ask

    September 11, 2015 12:27 PM

    Goldman Sachs says the world has more oil than it had thought and expects prices to slip below $40 per barrel, and maybe lower, because the glut may linger deep into next year. On the same day, the International Energy Agency said production outside OPEC countries will drop sharply in... more »
  • Randy Anny, wife plead not guilty to fraud, conspiracy Play Video

    September 3, 2015 12:49 PM

    SORRENTO - A Sorrento Council member and his wife pleaded not guilty to federal charges they illegally claimed thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. Randy Anny and his wife Barbara entered their pleas in federal court in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. They both face charges of... more »
  • Environmental groups say settlement not final in Gulf oil leak lawsuit

    August 27, 2015 1:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmental groups say they're pleased at the progress of talks with a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's too early to talk about potential settlements. Taylor Energy Co. said Thursday it has reached... more »
  • Bayou Companies to expand at Port of Iberia

    August 27, 2015 9:56 AM

    NEW IBERIA- Another oil and gas service company will expand operations at the Port of Iberia. Bayou Companies is embarking on $39 million in upgrades to the pipe-coating facility at the port. The upgrades will provide specialty anticorrosion coating for deepwater pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. David Taldo, director... more »
  • Barrel of US crude drops below $40

    August 21, 2015 6:23 PM

    NEW YORK - A barrel of U.S. crude oil fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis. Friday's fall, to $39.86, was just the latest indicator of a vast shift in the energy landscape over the past year. U.S. Oil bounced... more »
  • BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

    August 20, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Clusters of municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for economic damage after the company's 2010 oil spill. This week, BP finished making approximately $687 million in settlement payments to... more »
  • Officials say there's still interest in Gulf oil

    August 19, 2015 1:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal and trade group officials say there's still interest in Gulf of Mexico oil and gas, despite low figures from Wednesday's lease sale for tracts off the Texas coast. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management official Mike Celata says the bureau is not considering a cut in... more »
  • Feds allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska

    August 17, 2015 3:09 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The federal government has given Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that exploratory drilling can... more »
  • Oil export ban to ease restrictions

    August 14, 2015 9:55 PM

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. - The U.S. is easing up on the long-standing ban on exporting crude oil. Now the government is allowing limited trade with Mexico, according to a senior White House official. He was not authorized to comment by name, and only spoke to the Associated Press on the condition... more »
  • Weekly US oil and natural gas rig count unchanged at 884

    August 14, 2015 1:38 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week remained steady at 884. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 672 rigs were seeking oil and 211 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A... more »
  • $140M in conservation work proposed for Gulf of Mexico

    August 13, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ten watersheds around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico - from Florida to Texas - are being looked at as sites for $140 million in proposed conservation projects under a plan to restore the Gulf from BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill. This money comes from... more »
  • Councilman, wife accused of making false oil spill claim

    August 6, 2015 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Thursday which accuses Sorrento councilman Randy Anny and his wife Barbara of illegally claiming thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. U. S. Attorney Walt Green said Anny and his wife face federal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud.... more »
  • Jindal: Florida Fuel Connection to invest in rail project

    July 28, 2015 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say Florida Fuel Connection LLC will make a $75 million capital investment to build a petroleum terminal and rail transportation facility in East Feliciana Parish, near the Mississippi River. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Florida Fuel Connection CEO John H. Armbrust announced the plans Tuesday. Jindal,... more »
  • Evacuation lifted after lightning causes oil well fire

    July 27, 2015 3:41 PM

    LAKE ARTHUR - Authorities lifted an evacuation order Monday around a Vermillion Parish oil well which caught fire after a lightning strike this weekend. The Vermillion Parish Sheriff's Office said the fire was allowed to burn out at the well, which is on La. 717 west of Gueydan off... more »
  • Evacuations reported after Lake Arthur oil well fire

    July 26, 2015 5:57 PM

    LAKE ARTHUR, La. - Authorities evacuated a small area of Lake Arthur in south Louisiana after an oil well blew out Sunday, according to reports. KATC reported the fire happened in Vermillion Parish on Highway 717 across the Lake Arthur Bridge. Authorities told residents the fire started when lightning... more »
  • DEQ says 175 barrels of oil spilled in Denham Springs, cleanup underway

    July 24, 2015 3:15 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – The Department of Environmental Quality said they believe 175 barrels of crude oil spilled into ditches on Linder Road in Denham Springs after a tanker truck overturned Monday. Emergency officials in Livingston parish said the truck rolled into the ditch Monday morning and spilled more than... more »
  • Oil prices remain below state budget estimate Play Video

    July 22, 2015 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Oil prices dropped below $50 a barrel Wednesday, which is good news for drivers but bad for Louisiana's state budget. The state estimated oil prices to average $61 a barrel for the year. For every dollar it drops below that, Louisiana loses around $12 million. That's money... more »
  • Security video shows moment tanker flipped in Livingston Play Video

    July 20, 2015 11:48 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials said hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled after a tanker truck overturned in Denham Springs Monday morning. Livingston Parish emergency director Mark Harrell said the truck spilled more than 90 percent of its load of light, sweet crude into a ditch on Linder... more »
  • Baton Rouge accepts $2.1 million settlement from BP

    July 15, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge agreed to accept a settlement of $2.14 million dollars from BP for economic losses caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set a July 15 deadline for local governments to... more »
  • Texas Brine sues oil driller over sinkhole

    July 9, 2015 5:24 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Texas Brine accused an oil and gas drilling company in a lawsuit Thursday of creating a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne through their operations. The suit claims Oxy Petroleum's drilling and oil production damaged the surrounding salt dome and ultimately caused the sinkhole to appear in August... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

    July 7, 2015 5:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled Tuesday that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led... 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 »
  • Fracking foes trying a new approach in St. Tammany Parish

    June 23, 2015 12:00 PM

    COVINGTON - An environmental group in St. Tammany has launched a new effort to curtail a fracking project, which started last week. The New Orleans Advocate reports Preserve St. Tammany plans to ask the Parish Council to put a referendum before voters on whether to require an "industrial impact bond"... more »
  • Louisiana reopens waters closed after 2010 oil spill

    June 10, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators have reopened state waters in the Gulf of Mexico that were previously closed because of oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in a news release Tuesday, said the 100-yard buffer from any shoreline in a... more »
  • Merkel says nations in agreement to phase out fossil fuels

    June 8, 2015 11:17 AM

    ELMAU, Germany - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed that the world should phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century. Merkel said Monday that the G-7 leaders committed themselves to the need to "decarbonize the global... more »
  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 7 to 868

    June 5, 2015 3:19 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 seven this week to 868. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 642 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous.... more »
  • Trial set for ex-BP executive accused of obstructing probe

    June 1, 2015 4:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal trial is set to begin in New Orleans for a former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill. David Rainey has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed the investigation, and that he made false statements about his... more »
  • Once vilified, BP now getting credit for Gulf tourism boom

    May 25, 2015 11:29 AM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - Tourism hasn't only recovered on the Gulf Coast five years after the BP oil spill - industry officials say it's surging. And they credit fallout from the environmental disaster as being part of the reason why. BP spent more than $230 million promoting tourism after the... more »
  • Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

    May 23, 2015 2:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a fire on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast is out. Petty Officer Carlos Vega said the fire in Breton Sound was extinguished around 6 a.m. Saturday. The fire had been reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday by an offshore supply vessel that... more »
  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885

    May 22, 2015 1:27 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 three this week to 885. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 659 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were listed... more »
  • More oil industry layoffs

    May 20, 2015 11:37 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The falling oil prices have taken its toll on more Louisiana oil industry workers. The Associated Press reported Wednesday night, Frank's International is laying off 150 of its employees in Lafayette. The company is trying to trim its workforce by 400 to 600 employees. Workers were told... more »
  • $211M settlement reached with Transocean in 2010 oil spill

    May 20, 2015 5:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have announced a $211 million settlement with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. BP leased the rig from Transocean. The April 2010 explosion of the rig killed 11... more »
  • US Judge: Gulf oil spill records can't be kept secret

    May 20, 2015 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal magistrate judge has rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against Taylor Energy Co., which... more »
  • Federal study of dolphin deaths after BP spill due

    May 20, 2015 4:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The results of a federal study into possible links between BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill and a spate of dolphin deaths since the spill is set to be released Wednesday. The study is part of a wide-ranging assessment of ecological damage caused by the spill. Federal scientists have... more »
  • Auditor: Oil companies pay too little for oyster damage

    May 18, 2015 3:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil companies that damage the state's public oyster grounds - for example when they drill wells and lay pipelines - are not required to pay enough in compensation to the state, according to a state legislative auditor's report. This was one of several findings in a Louisiana... more »

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