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  • Police: Man arrested after parking truck in middle of I-12

    March 16, 2016 12:49 AM

    LIVINGSTON - A trucker was arrested after police say he parked his truck in the middle of I-12 East near a construction zone in Livingston Tuesday night. Louisiana State Troopers and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the call. A News 2 crew was on scene when the... 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 »
  • Trial set for February over deadly 2012 platform blast

    December 21, 2015 12:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two companies charged with manslaughter in a deadly 2012 rig explosion about 20 miles off Grand Isle are scheduled for trial in February. Trial is set for Feb. 1 in federal court in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo will hear the case against Black... more »
  • BP to reimburse Louisiana for legal fees, litigation cost

    October 13, 2015 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- BP will reimburse $58.25 million to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office for its expenses, fees and litigation costs tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The money was included in BP's record settlement of more than $20 billion that was formalized last week... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

    May 14, 2015 5:57 PM

    SEATTLE - A 400-foot-long Arctic oil drilling rig pulled by tugs has arrived in Seattle waters despite environmentalists' protests and the city's opposition to letting it dock here. The Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived in Seattle waters Thursday afternoon and was headed to Terminal 5. The Polar Pioneer is one... more »
  • Plan OK'd to drill into BP's ill-fated Macondo reservoir

    May 13, 2015 3:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC., plans to drill into... more »
  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 11 to 894

    May 8, 2015 1:54 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 11 this week to 894. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 668 rigs were seeking oil and 221 explored for natural gas. Five were listed as... more »
  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932

    April 24, 2015 1:33 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 22 this week to 932 amid depressed oil prices. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Four... more »
  • 5 years after BP spill: What's changed in offshore drilling

    April 20, 2015 2:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - As oil gushed from BP's ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. When the well was finally capped after nearly three months, political and industry pressure mounted on... more »
  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 20 to 1,028

    April 2, 2015 1:59 PM

    HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 20 this week to 1,028 amid slumping oil prices. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Thursday 802 rigs were seeking oil and 222 exploring for natural gas. Four... more »
  • Four dead after Mexican oil rig catches fire

    April 1, 2015 4:34 PM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state-owned oil company says a fire at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed four workers. Sixteen others were injured in the fire on the shallow-water platform, and 300 were evacuated. The injured are being treated at a hospital in Campeche, on the... more »
  • Extra casting begins for 'Deepwater Horizon'

    March 9, 2015 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Casting agents are looking for people associated with the oil and gas industry to be part of a movie about the 2010 BP Oil Spill. The movie is reportedly going to star Mark Wahlberg. It is being advertised as 'Deepwater Horizon' and will be based off... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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