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  • 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 »
  • Walker residents making do with water conservation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 12, 2015 7:03 PM

    WALKER - People in the City of Walker are making do with conserving water until at least Saturday after a water pump failed Thursday evening. The city urged all of its customers to limit water usage to only essential tasks after crews discovered the pumping system functioning at limited... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Relief well work, cleanup continue at blowout site

    August 26, 2013 2:03 PM

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

    August 5, 2013 2:41 PM

    HOUMA - Workers have started drilling a relief well to secure a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last month off the coast of Louisiana. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the drilling began Sunday and is expected to take about 35 days... more »
  • Federal agency to probe blown Gulf well

    July 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO - A federal agency has announced plans for a panel investigation aimed at finding out what caused last week's gas well blowout off the Louisiana coast. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it will work closely with the Coast Guard to determine the... more »
  • Scientists collect water near site of blown well

    July 29, 2013 10:18 AM

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

    July 26, 2013 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Air and water navigation restrictions remain in place around a natural gas well that blew wild and caught fire earlier this week about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement was expected Friday afternoon to announce the status of plans... more »
  • Fire out at natural gas well off La. coast

    July 25, 2013 12:44 PM

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

    July 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe. In a Thursday news release, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the well "bridged... more »
  • Experts say environmental risk from blowout small

    July 24, 2013 1:51 PM

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

    July 24, 2013 10:22 AM

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

    July 15, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators say a well that seeped natural gas for much of last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that Energy Resource Technology LLC used a "bridge plug" to isolate the... more »
  • Company seals leak at gas well off Louisiana coast

    July 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A gas well that started leaking several days ago in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast has been sealed. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said Friday that Energy Resource Technology, LLC, a day earlier began the sealing... more »
  • Plan to seal leaking well gets federal OK

    July 11, 2013 12:14 PM

    PORT FOURCHON - Federal officials say they have approved plans to seal a gas well that began leaking Monday in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles southwest of Port Fourchon on the southeast Louisiana coast. Eileen Angelico, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says drilling fluid... more »
  • Crews working to seal leaking well off La. coast

    July 10, 2013 10:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Crews are working to seal an old oil and gas well off the Louisiana coast that began leaking during work to plug it permanently. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says the bureau is reviewing plans to seal the well. She... more »
  • Dangerous gas encountered at sinkhole vent well

    November 20, 2012 6:01 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Workers setting up a vent well near an Assumption Parish sinkhole encountered a dangerous gas and shut down operations, according to the parish police jury. They said the workers drilled the well into the top of a salt dome near the sinkhole, and began venting it... more »
  • St. Landry waterline extension work begins

    November 20, 2012 3:18 PM

    KROTZ SPRINGS - Construction is under way on a $1 million project to extend waterlines from the Krotz Springs municipal system to serve an area along La. Highway 105 dotted by residential water wells that have shown high levels of arsenic. The Advocate reports the project has been driven mainly... more »
  • Parish to hold sinkhole update tonight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 25, 2012 1:52 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Parish authorities scheduled a briefing tonight to update people in the Bayou Corne community about recent developments concerning a large sinkhole which prompted an evacuation. The meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the unified command post at the Sportsman's Landing in Bayou Corne. Last... more »
  • Exploratory well into sinkhole almost complete

    September 20, 2012 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say they are one step closer to figuring out the cause behind the massive sinkhole that has been plaguing Assumption Parish for over a month. State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh said Wednesday that Texas Brine Co., the company that owns the brine cavern believed... more »
  • Drilling equipment on its way to Bayou Corne

    August 15, 2012 10:04 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Ten trucks hauling parts of a exploratory well are making their way to Bayou Corne, and could impact some traffic in our area. State Police said the trucks are coming from Scott, La., and will take several routes, including I-10. They will travel east on... more »
  • Texas Brine promises cooperation over sinkhole check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 10, 2012 5:56 PM

    GONZALES - Representatives from Texas Brine said today the company is doing everything it can to ease concerns about a sinkhole on their property in Assumption Parish. Experts believe an unused brine operation in a salt dome beneath the sinkhole is the cause. Parish leaders said the company had... more »
  • State orders Texas Brine to drill well check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 9, 2012 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This afternoon state officials ordered Texas Brine Company to drill a well to a salt cavern in Assumption Parish as part of their efforts to see what caused a sinkhole and bubbles in the bayou. The Department of Natural Resources said Commissioner of Conservation Jim Welsh... more »
  • Va. inventor claims design for BP well cap stolen

    June 20, 2012 5:27 PM

    ATLANTA - An inventor claims his design was the basis for the cap used to choke off the flow of oil to the Gulf of Mexico nearly three months after BP's undersea well blew in 2010. And he says it was stolen. Charles Adams of Radford, Va., filed a federal... more »
  • Salazar set to approve major gas well project

    May 8, 2012 9:47 AM

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

    June 8, 2011 3:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday it is the first company to discover oil from a new deep-water well in the Gulf of Mexico since last year's massive oil spill. The oil giant said its exploration project 250 miles southwest of New Orleans hit oil and gas... more »
  • Worker dies after fall on abandoned gas platform

    April 18, 2011 5:20 PM

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

    April 2, 2011 3:51 PM

    MAURICE, La.- A worker killed in an accident at a natural gas well near Maurice has been identified as a 52-year-old Lafayette man. The Lafayette Parish sheriff says Clarence Leleaux died when a pipeline ruptured on Thursday. A second worker was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.... more »
  • Shell moves closer on new drilling plans for Gulf

    March 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators have put oil giant Shell one step closer to final approval to drill three new exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the project 130 miles off the Louisiana coast meets strict safety and environmental requirements. Shell... more »
  • Well blowout plugged, road reopened

    March 10, 2011 2:17 PM

    GOLDEN MEADOW, La. - State police say a stretch of state highway in Golden Meadow is back open, after an oil well blew wild Thursday morning. The well was brought under control quickly and plugged by midday. No explosions, fires or injuries were reported. There were no... more »
  • U.S. approves first deepwater well in Gulf

    February 28, 2011 3:15 PM

    NEW YORK- The U.S. has approved the first deep-water drilling permit in the Gulf of Mexico since last year's massive oil spill. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement says the permit is to continue work on a well about 70 miles southeast of Venice, La. ... more »
  • Supporters send well-wishes to Edwards

    January 28, 2011 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The phone calls and incoming mail have picked up at Ecumenical House in the two weeks since the federal halfway house added a famous prisoner to its watch list: former Gov. Edwin Edwards. Though Edwards was allowed to serve the final six months of his prison term... more »

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