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  • Gas no longer escaping from rig off La. coast

    February 1, 2014 1:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The operator and federal regulators say the flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana's coast. EnVen Energy Ventures LLC and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that the flow was stopped about 7 p.m. Friday.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Study: Oil in Gulf likely came from rig wreckage

    July 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A team of researchers has concluded that pockets of oil trapped in the wreckage of the sunken Deepwater Horizon are the likely source of oil sheens that have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the deadly 2010 explosion on the BP-leased drilling... 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 »
  • BP rig supervisors challenge manslaughter counts

    May 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory. Court filings Thursday by Robert Kaluza and... more »
  • Haliburton seeking settlement over Gulf oil spill

    April 22, 2013 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says it is trying to negotiate a settlement over its role in the disaster. Halliburton Chief Financial Officer Mark McCollum said Monday that talks are at an "advanced stage." The... more »
  • BP manager testifies at trial over Gulf oil spill

    April 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn't have any safety concerns before the deadly blast. John Guide was the first witness to... more »
  • US rig count increases by 2 this week to 1,748

    March 28, 2013 4:55 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 two this week to 1,748. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report that 1,354 rigs were exploring for oil and 389 for gas. Five... more »
  • Rig owner's CEO testifies at Gulf oil spill trial

    March 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The chief executive of the company that owned the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says its employees "should have done more" to avert the disaster that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Transocean president and CEO... more »
  • Ex-BP rig supervisor testifies at Gulf spill trial

    March 6, 2013 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A retired BP employee who supervised drilling operations on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico says he never felt pressure to sacrifice safety to save money, even though the project was behind schedule and over budget. Former BP PLC well site leader Ronnie Sepulvado... more »
  • Judge to rule on BP's plea deal over Gulf spill

    January 29, 2013 6:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge will decide whether to approve an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Transocean drops bid to depose BP rig supervisor

    January 16, 2013 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Transocean Ltd. has asked a judge to vacate an order requiring BP rig supervisor Donald Vidrine to submit to a medical exam to determine if he is fit to answer questions about his actions on the Deepwater Horizon before an explosion killed 11 workers in 2010. A court... more »
  • BP settlement payments exceed $1B mark

    January 10, 2013 7:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Businesses and individuals who claim BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company's class-action settlement with private plaintiffs' attorneys. Court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau says payments hit the $1 billion mark before the... more »
  • Transocean's $1.4B oil spill deal will help Gulf

    January 4, 2013 7:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A $1.4 billion settlement between the Justice Department and Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean Ltd. will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into projects designed to help the Gulf Coast recover from the nation's largest offshore oil spill. U.S. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said... more »
  • No oil spill seen at Shell drill ship in Alaska

    January 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An overnight Coast Guard flight over an Alaska drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water on New Year's Eve found no signs of a fuel spill. But officials at a unified command center run by the Coast Guard, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, state responders and others... more »
  • Shell drill ship runs aground on island off Alaska

    January 1, 2013 8:17 AM

    The Coast Guard intends to fly out early today to a small uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska to plan a salvage operation for a grounded drilling rig that broke loose from a tow in a North Pacific storm. Royal Dutch Shell PLC's Kulluk is carrying 150,000 gallons... more »
  • Burned platform workers to be released from hospital

    December 21, 2012 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Three offshore workers, burned in a platform explosion will be released from a hospital's burn unit. The workers, from the Philippines, were being treated after injuries sustained when the Gulf of Mexico platform they were working on exploded in November. "We are inspired by the progress... more »
  • 3 BP employees arraigned on Gulf oil spill charges

    November 28, 2012 3:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two BP rig supervisors and a former BP executive have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company's response to the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine and... more »
  • Search for final missing platform worker cancelled

    November 20, 2012 10:14 PM

    GRAND ISLE- The search for the last worker missing after an explosion on an oil platform off the coast of Louisiana has been called off. Black Elk Energy owned the platform. One worker was found dead, four others were burned and are being treated in Baton Rouge after the... more »
  • Environmental group says BP penalty isn't enough

    November 15, 2012 4:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for two BP oil rig workers say the Justice Department is trying to make scapegoats out of them. The two were indicted today on federal charges including manslaughter, in the deaths of 11 workers in the rig explosion that led to the Gulf oil spill two... more »
  • Sinkhole growing as drill arrives in bayou Play Video

    August 15, 2012 5:32 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - As dozens of trucks arrived with drilling equipment to take a look beneath a sinkhole in Assumption Parish, authorities said the hole has continued to increase in size. Christina Stephens, a spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the surface of... more »
  • I-10E reopened after big rig wreck

    June 11, 2012 12:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities re-opened parts of I-10 East in Baton Rouge as work continues to remove an overturned 18-wheeler. Sgt. Don Kelly with Baton Rouge Police said lanes could be open and closed temporarily to finish cleanup operations. He ealier advised drivers to avoid I-10 East until cleanup... more »
  • Motorists told to avoid I-10 East after big rig wreck

    June 11, 2012 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police warned drivers to avoid I-10 East in Baton Rouge after an 18-wheeler wreck this morning. The truck overturned on the right shoulder, blocking two lanes of traffic according to Baton Rouge Police. Sgt. Don Kelly said all lanes of traffic would need to be... more »
  • Weekly US oil, gas rig count up by 12 to 1,986

    May 18, 2012 2:09 PM

    HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is up 12 this week to 1,986. Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,382 rigs were exploring for oil and 600 were looking for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous.... more »
  • Rig manager pleads guilty to lying about tests

    April 6, 2012 6:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has pleaded guilty to lying about testing on a key safety device. Forty-nine-year-old Donald Hudson, of Walnut Grove, Miss., faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison following his guilty... more »
  • Weekly US oil, gas rig count up by 11

    March 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is up by 11 this week to 1,979. The Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,318 rigs were exploring for oil and 658 for natural gas. Three were listed as... more »
  • ASME recognizes 1st floating offshore drilling rig

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM

    MORGAN CITY - An international society of engineers is naming the nation's first floating offshore oil drilling rig a historic mechanical engineering landmark. ASME will hold the ceremony on Saturday at the rig Mr. Charlie in Morgan City, where it is now a museum and training facility. Mr. Charlie was... more »
  • Search and rescue efforts continue in Russian rig accident

    December 19, 2011 7:02 AM

    MOSCOW - Life rafts carrying people have been spotted near the site of the floating oil rig that sank Sunday in Moscow. Of the 67 men on board, at least 14 men are dead and dozens more remain missing. Another 14 were plucked alive from the icy waters... more »
  • BP reaches settlement with maker of failed preventer

    December 16, 2011 6:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP will receive $250 million from the maker of the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing out of BP's fractured well in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Associated Press. Under the agreement announced Friday, BP and Cameron International Corp. will drop all... 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 »
  • Two oil rig workers remain missing in Gulf

    September 12, 2011 9:26 AM

    Mexico-The fate of two oil rig workers from Louisiana remains unknown this afternoon. The two disappeared along with eight other workers when they evacuated their disabled rig during Tropical Storm Nate. Two other wokers from Louisiana were found alive. Two bodies were also found but have not... more »
  • OSHA cites La. company over worker's death

    August 24, 2011 3:36 AM

    NEW IBERIA- The U.S. Labor Department has cited New Iberia-based Estis Well Service LLC for alleged safety violations stemming from the death of a worker near Bayou Sorrel. The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that it has proposed more than $132,000 in penalties following its probe of... more »
  • U.S. oil and natural gas rig count up by 12

    August 5, 2011 2:33 PM

    HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,920. Houston-based drilling product provider Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,031 rigs were exploring for oil and 883 for natural gas. Six were listed as... more »
  • U.S. rig count rises by 7, Texas adds 8

    June 3, 2011 2:30 PM

    HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by seven this week to 1,854 from a week ago. Baker Hughes Inc., based in Houston, reported Friday that 959 rigs were exploring for oil and 887 for natural gas. Eight... more »
  • Report: Transocean contributed to Gulf disaster

    April 22, 2011 3:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Coast Guard probe of the Deepwater Horizon explosion has concluded that rig owner Transocean had serious flaws in its safety management system and a poor safety culture that contributed to the disaster. Friday's report also found that lax oversight by the rig's flag state, the... more »
  • 2 rescued after rig fire in Gulf of Mexico

    March 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Two men were rescued after an oil rig platform caught fire about 50 miles off Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. The GI 102A is owned Arena Energy which said it had shut down the platform two weeks ago and it was not in production,... more »
  • U.S. rig count down by 18 this week

    February 11, 2011 2:03 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by 18 this week to 1,721. Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 906 rigs were exploring for gas and 805 for oil. Ten were listed as miscellaneous. A year... more »
  • U.S. rig count up by 6 this week

    January 7, 2011 2:12 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,700. Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. on Friday reported that 914 rigs were exploring for gas and 777 for oil. Nine were listed as miscellaneous. A year... more »
  • Mud activities made tech uncomfortable on BP rig

    December 7, 2010 10:57 AM

    A technician responsible for monitoring gas levels said he never considered using his authority to stop work on the doomed Gulf of Mexico oil rig, even though mud-moving activities in the hours before the blast made him uncomfortable. Joseph Keith, who works for a unit of Halliburton, told federal... more »
  • Three hurt in explosion on rig during welding

    December 1, 2010 11:30 AM

    JEAN LAFITTE, LA. (AP) - Three men were burned in an explosion and fire on a workover rig south of New Orleans. All three apparently are going to Baton Rouge General Medical Center's burn unit. They went first to West Jefferson Medical Center. Spokeswoman Taslin Alfonzo says one was going... more »
  • Two indicted in alleged HBPA election scheme

    November 18, 2010 3:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two people face federal charges in an alleged scheme to rig elections in the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. A Thursday statement from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten in New Orleans says charges against Sean Alfortish, a former Kenner City Court magistrate, and Jefferson Parish resident Mona... more »
  • I-110 S closed after big rig wreck

    November 16, 2010 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The southbound lanes of Interstate 110 in Baton Rouge have been closed while police work a wreck involving an overturned 18-wheeler. There are no reports of injuries at this time. Traffic is being diverted off onto Chippewa while the wreck is being cleared. News... more »
  • Transocean ordered to pay $4M for worker's injury

    October 8, 2010 7:30 AM

    A federal jury has ordered Transocean to pay more than $4 million in damages to an oilfield worker injured in an offshore rig accident. The judgment entered Tuesday capped a trial for the lawsuit that 32-year-old Dan Averette filed over the July 14, 2007, accident aboard the Amirante, a rig... more »
  • Panel: Transocean thwarts efforts to get documents

    October 5, 2010 3:53 PM

    Members of a federal panel investigating the cause of the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill and how to improve safety and oversight accused rig owner Transocean on Tuesday of thwarting their efforts to get to critical documents and a witness. The co-chair of the panel, U.S. Coast... more »
  • Officials surprised by low number of BP fund applicants

    September 14, 2010 5:54 PM

    Less than a quarter of oil rig workers who've been without a job due to the moratorium on deep water drilling have applied to get their cut of a check from BP. Earlier this summer, the oil giant gave the Baton Rouge Area Foundation $100 million in grant funds to... more »
  • Coast Guard: no signs of oil leaking from platform fire

    September 3, 2010 10:39 AM

    Daybreak brought no reports of oil leaking from an offshore oil platform that erupted in flames Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said. Petty Officer Steve Lehmann in New Orleans said an 87-foot Coast Guard cutter patrolling the area has not reported any signs of leaks. A... more »
  • Coast Guard says no oil spill after platform explosion

    September 2, 2010 3:19 PM

    Update : The Coast Guard now says there is no immediate sign that oil is spilling from a production platform that caught fire Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico. All 13 crew members that were on the platform south of Vermillion Bay were rescued out of the water after... more »
  • Gov. Jindal gives update on oil rig explosion

    September 2, 2010 1:06 PM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal says they are using lessons learned from the the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to respond to the latest incident at a Gulf Coast oil rig. An explosion this morning at an offshore rig south of Vermillion Bay started a fire on the platform, and cause all... more »
  • Oil platform explodes in Gulf, on fire

    September 2, 2010 10:40 AM

    Another explosion has occurred at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, this one about 80 miles south of Vermillion Bay along the central Louisiana coast. The rig is Vermillion oil rig 380 and is owned by Mariner Energy. It had 13 workers aboard at the time, all... more »
  • Firm chosen to process fund applications

    August 27, 2010 4:53 AM

    A Covington company has been hired to process applications for money from a $100 million fund set up by BP to help oil rig workers idled by a federal moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana charity running the program, the Gulf Coast Restoration and... more »
  • Professor: Moratorium not affecting jobs as predicted

    August 19, 2010 10:23 PM

    Oil workers are not lining up to file for unemployment. Only 600 claims have come in so far, according to the state. A professor at LSU said that's far below the thousands predicted, and it's for a reason. "There are a number of mitigating circumstances out there that have... more »
  • Thousands of rig workers eligible for grants

    August 2, 2010 11:00 AM

    Close to 9,000 people will be eligible for grants from a $100 million fund to help struggling oil rig workers because of the federal moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation, an affiliate of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation,... more »
  • BP establishes $100 million fund through Baton Rouge foundation

    July 30, 2010 9:08 AM

    BP today announced the company will establish a $100 million fund to help unemployed rig workers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by the United States federal government. The Rig Worker Assistance Fund will be administered through the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection... more »
  • 100 days of oil: Gulf life will never be the same

    July 28, 2010 4:54 AM

    It's been 100 days since an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and setting off the worst oil spill in U.S. history. For the people along the Gulf Coast, life has changed forever. In Louisiana, shop owner Cherie Pete spends her days worrying that fishermen... more »
  • 3 rescued after helicopter goes into Gulf

    July 27, 2010 5:17 AM

    A helicopter with three people on board went into the Gulf of Mexico 80 miles south of New Orleans, but a good Samaritan rescued all three and got them to a nearby rig. The Coast Guard says Rusty Carole of Galliano, Stanly Duhon of Duson, and Keith Milard of Nashville,... more »
  • U.S. rig count increases by ten

    July 9, 2010 2:29 PM

    The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. has risen by ten this week to 1,567. There are now 964 rigs exploring for natural gas and 592 for oil. Eleven were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago this week, the rig count... more »
  • Transocean criticizes Obama's drilling halt

    June 22, 2010 6:35 AM

    The owner of the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig has criticized the U.S. government's six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the area. Transocean Ltd. president Steven Newman said on the sidelines of an oil conference in London there were things President Barack Obama's administration "could implement today that would allow the... more »
  • Gulf oil relief well ahead of schedule

    June 17, 2010 10:05 AM

    A rig drilling a relief well meant to help stop the oil from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Adm. Thad Allen says the drill is 10,000 feet below the seabed. It could come within ten feet of the... more »
  • Pres. of LA Oil and Gas Assoc. against drilling moratorium

    June 16, 2010 4:53 PM

    President Obama announced a $100 million dollar fund for unemployed oil rig workers, but Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Don Briggs says it is not enough to supplement wages after President Obama called for a moratorium on deepwater drilling. more »
  • Obama to meet families of 11 killed in oil spill

    June 10, 2010 6:15 AM

    Today President Barack Obama will meet with relatives of the 11 workers killed in the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion. The family members were meeting the president at the White House, where he was to offer his condolences for their losses. more »
  • Local businesses worry about moratorium effects

    June 8, 2010 10:33 PM

    A major oil company has canceled three drilling operations off the coast of southwest Louisiana and has plans to move. Anadarko, based in Houston, cited the federal six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling as the cause. Some offshore-related businesses in Baton Rouge say the announcement makes the threat to their... more »
  • State: Company suspends drilling in Plaquemines

    May 27, 2010 5:26 AM

    Drilling Operations by Swift Energy have been suspended on a rig in the Lake Washington field in Plaquemines Parish. The state Department of Natural Resources says the company suspended drilling because of concerns about a potential oil slick impacting the lake. A light sheen was recently seen in the area... more »
  • Rig blast survivors to testify in probe

    May 26, 2010 5:30 AM

    Workers who survived a deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig will testify before a panel of officials investigating the cause of the well blowout. Hearings for a joint investigation by the Coast Guard and Minerals Management Service are scheduled to resume today and run through Saturday. The six-member... more »
  • BP loses $10M a day fighting spill

    May 13, 2010 10:19 AM

    BP says its costs for fighting the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have risen by $100 million in three days. That brings the total to about $450 million. The company says the sharp increase was likely caused by a lag in reporting costs. That tab includes... more »
  • Smaller oil containment box lowered into the Gulf

    May 12, 2010 5:35 AM

    A second, smaller oil containment box was lowered into the sea near the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The box was being slowly submerged to the seabed, but it won't be placed over the spewing well right away. BP says engineers want to make sure everything is configured... more »
  • Salazar urges splitting energy agency

    May 11, 2010 6:48 AM

    The Department of the Interior is proposing the Minerals Management Service be split in two, as part of the Obama administration's response to the Gulf Coast oil spill. One agency would be charged with inspecting oil rigs, investigating oil companies and enforcing safety regulations, while the other would oversee leases... more »
  • So far, few oiled birds, no turtles, brought in

    May 7, 2010 5:27 AM

    When you're getting ready to rescue sea turtles from an oil spill, the shopping list includes 50 wading pools. Michele Kelley, Louisiana state marine mammal and sea turtle stranding coordinator, says they've probably ruined every child's summer in New Orleans because they bought all the kidding pools. But so far,... more »
  • Preparing for possible ill effects from oil spill

    May 7, 2010 5:16 AM

    There are a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends... more »
  • Giant box close to being over oil-spewing well

    May 7, 2010 5:10 AM

    A 100-ton containment box is close to being in place over a blown-out well that's been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The first mate of the supply boat that brought the box to the site, confirmed a radio transmission from the nearby vessel lowering the device that said... more »
  • Gulf rig drilling inspections find no major problems

    May 5, 2010 2:21 PM

    Federal inspectors have found no major problems in 30 offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, that's according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar says no significant problems have been found, after rig inspections started after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 workers. He says minor problems... more »
  • Fishermen deploy for boom work

    May 3, 2010 5:57 AM

    Fishermen in St. Bernard Parish defended their homeland in a last-ditch effort to stem the tide of oil pushing into the marshes southeast of New Orleans. At Elephant Pass, about 200 fishermen in 55 boats got to work unloading and anchoring the orange booms in waterways leading into saltwater marshes... more »
  • BP: Breaking up oil underwater may be tried

    April 29, 2010 4:01 PM

    BP officials say they are hoping to try an unusual technique to stop the flow of oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles says the company is studying whether to use chemicals to break up the oil under water.... more »
  • Another image of oil slick from LSU Earth Scan Lab

    April 29, 2010 3:32 PM

    Below is a MODIS true color image courtesy the LSU Earth Scan Laboratory. This pass was received at 11:49 a.m. on Thursday. The edge of the oil slick was 2 km from Southeast Pass at the time the image was taken. more »
  • Pictures of oil spill cleanup efforts

    April 29, 2010 1:33 PM

    The Unified Command of the Deepwater Horizon response released the following photos of oil spill response operations on Thursday. Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency as an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico creeps toward shore and threatens the fragile ecosystem along the coastline. ... more »
  • Burning of oil at leak in Gulf poised to start

    April 28, 2010 3:39 PM

    An oil company says crews are poised to start setting fire to oil leaking from the site of an exploded drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of BP Exploration and Production, said Wednesday afternoon that he expects the burns to start later in... more »
  • Offshore fisherman will continue charters

    April 27, 2010 6:15 PM

    All eyes are on the coast, as the oil leaking from the former Deepwater Horizon rig continues to spread. As for those who make their living on the water, charter boat operators who talked to News 2 today, say they won't cancel trips because of the spill. "The... more »
  • Congress investigating oil rig explosion

    April 27, 2010 3:03 PM

    Lawmakers have asked the owner and operator of the oil rig that exploded last week in the Gulf of Mexico for documents as part of a congressional investigation into the accident. A number of congressmen sent letters to Transocean Ltd., the rig's owner, and to BP PLC, which operates... more »
  • No shore impact from oil spill for at least 3 days

    April 26, 2010 3:54 PM

    Officials say there will be no shoreline impact from an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico for at least another three days. Crews were ramping up Monday to protect the coastline after an oil rig exploded off the Louisiana coast nearly a week ago. A remote sub is... more »
  • Efforts to contain leak after oil rig explosion continue

    April 26, 2010 12:05 PM

    Authorities are in the air, monitoring the size and direction of the oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico. They are also using underwater robotic equipment in an attempt to shut off the source of the leak. The oil has been leaking at a rate of about 42,000 gallons... more »
  • BP pledges to clean up Gulf of Mexico spill

    April 23, 2010 5:55 AM

    BP PLC says it's doing everything it can to contain an oil spill from the drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico that exploded into flames before sinking. The British oil major says it activated an extensive oil spill response, including using remotely operated vehicles to assess the subsea well... more »
  • Coast Guard says it's unknown if well is leaking

    April 22, 2010 4:05 PM

    The U.S. Coast Guard said that they are continuing search and rescue efforts off the coast of Louisiana for 11 missing crew members of the Deepwater Horizon rig. The Coast Guard says there will be probably another 12 hours of searching before their efforts turn from rescue to recovery. Nine... more »

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