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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 »
  • BP official: Effort to shut Gulf well was 'late'

    December 8, 2010 9:16 AM

    HOUSTON - A BP vice president has told a federal investigative panel that workers on the doomed Gulf of Mexico oil rig were distracted by multiple activities going on simultaneously and didn't try to shut the well until 49 minutes after gas particles began flowing in. Steve Robinson, who led... more »
  • BP says government estimate of oil flow too large

    December 3, 2010 10:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - BP is mounting a new challenge to U.S. government estimates of how much oil flowed from the runaway well deep below the Gulf of Mexico. The issue will be critical in determining the size of federal pollution fines the company will pay. Staff working for the presidential oil... more »
  • Judge eyes 2011 for first oil spill trial

    October 15, 2010 12:11 PM

    The first federal trial for claims filed against BP PLC by individuals and businesses affected by the massive Gulf Coast oil spill could be held next summer. The judge presiding over more than 300 lawsuits spawned by the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion said Friday that the first "test trial" for... more »
  • Damage still being assessed in Assumption well blowout

    October 15, 2010 12:08 PM

    State workers are still assessing damage and disposing of fouled sugar cane two months after a well blowout in an Assumption Parish sugar cane field. Meanwhile, according to The Courier newspaper in Houma, a class-action lawsuit on behalf of dozens of residents living near the blown-out well is pending against... more »
  • Blown-out BP well finally killed at bottom of Gulf

    September 19, 2010 11:27 AM

    The well is dead - finally. A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Retired Coast Guard Adm.... more »
  • Test will tell if BP oil well can be declared dead

    September 19, 2010 9:26 AM

    Depending on the results of an overnight pressure test, government officials were expected to announce Sunday that the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico was dead, five months after an explosion killed 11 workers, sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S.... more »
  • Cement flows for permanent plug of BP's Gulf well

    September 18, 2010 9:47 AM

    Crews are pumping cement into BP's blown-out oil well thousands of feet below the sea bottom, working to permanently seal the runaway well. Engineers initially had planned to pump in mud before the cement, but a BP spokesman said that would not be necessary. There was no pressure building inside... more »
  • Cement starts flowing to plug BP well for good

    September 17, 2010 2:35 PM

    Oil giant BP says crews have begun pumping cement to permanently seal the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. A spokesman said Friday there no longer is a need to use mud in tandem with the cement because pressure from the well isn't an issue. BP expects the... more »
  • Blown Gulf well could be capped by Sunday

    September 15, 2010 12:53 PM

    The U.S. government's point man on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Wednesday that BP's blown-out well is expected to be permanently sealed and declared dead by Sunday, nearly five months after a rig explosion set off the disaster. National Incident Commander Thad Allen told reporters gathered at a... more »
  • Oil company speaks out about well, cleanup

    September 1, 2010 7:14 PM

    In an exclusive interview with News 2, Mantle Oil and Gas Company estimates it will take three to six months to clean up an oil and salt water mix left behind after a Paincourtville well blew out in August. What's in question is how the company will do that.... more »
  • Assumption well blowout progress, roads reopen

    August 30, 2010 11:10 AM

    Clean up near the blown-out well site, in Assumption Parish is expected to take another six months. DEQ plans to continue monitoring clean up operations and make sure freshwater stays out of the contaminated area. Meanwhile, work continues around the relief well. Parts of Highway 70 has... more »
  • Wild well in Assumption is capped

    August 28, 2010 4:20 PM

    Contractors have capped a wild well that spewed oil and gas for more than two weeks in Assumption Parish. The well stopped blowing on its own Tuesday, and work crews were able to replace a blowout preventer that fell off shortly after it blew early Aug. 11. Officials told residents... more »
  • Gulf well temporary cap to be removed Monday

    August 27, 2010 11:32 AM

    The federal government says it will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap keeping oil from gushing out of BP's blown-out Gulf well so that it can raise a key piece of equipment from the seabed. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's point man for the spill... more »
  • Workers attempting to stop oil leak in Assumption Parish

    August 22, 2010 6:08 PM

    Relief is in sight for folks in the Paincourtville area with concerns about a spewing well near sugar cane fields in Assumption Parish. Today workers began drilling a relief well just feet away from the spewing well site. "The relief well has now what they call, sputted in, and... more »
  • No timeline for completing Gulf relief well

    August 18, 2010 1:42 PM

    Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says they are no longer giving a timeline for completing the final stages of pluggling BP's broken well for good. Allen says BP still needs to come up with a plan to alleviate pressure that may build up once the relief well intersects... more »
  • 14 seek treatment because of La. blowout

    August 17, 2010 8:55 AM

    State health officials say at least 14 people have seen a doctor for minor health issues because of a well spewing oil, gas, brine and other material in Paincourtville. A state Department of Health and Hospitals spokeswoman says the symptoms included irritated eyes and throat, nausea and dizziness. more »
  • Questions raised in Assumption Parish well operation

    August 16, 2010 10:21 PM

    New questions are being raised about a well blow-out operation in Paincourtville, even from those involved. When it became apparent Monday morning that a fix isn't close, authorities started asking questions, but still don't have some key details, including how much is spewing from the well. "There's never been... more »
  • Road closure in Assumption Parish

    August 11, 2010 6:19 AM

    Louisiana State Police Troop C has confirmed that Highway 70 in Assumption Parish is closed. The closure is between Hwy 996 and Hwy 1 due to an oil well blowout. It happened between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack says there are no evacuations... more »
  • BP resumes drilling Gulf relief well as final plug

    August 9, 2010 8:44 AM

    The government's point man on the Gulf oil spill says BP has resumed drilling a relief well meant to intersect the blown-out well and seal it for good. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday that cement forced down from the top of the crippled well last week has... more »
  • Cement on well hardened

    August 8, 2010 1:17 PM

    BP says the cement sealing the busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has hardened as crews prepare for the final phase of drilling a relief well. The oil giant said Sunday that pressure tests on the cement plug poured down the throat of the blown-out well show the... more »
  • BP starts using cement to finish up 'static kill'

    August 5, 2010 9:33 AM

    BP says it has started to pump cement down the throat of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well in hopes of sealing it for good. The company said Thursday it started to shove cement down the well at 9:15 Central time from pipes attached to ships a mile above. Crews... more »
  • Obama administration says nearly 75 percent of oil gone

    August 4, 2010 5:52 PM

    According to estimates given by the Obama Administration, nearly 75 percent of the oil in the Gulf is gone. Most of the oil accounted for includes crude collected at the spill site, which was burned, skimmed and dispersed, as well as other oil that evaporated. However, LSU Professor Dr.... more »
  • BP: Mud pumped into well is holding back the oil

    August 4, 2010 6:57 AM

    Energy giant BP says the mud it pumped down the throat of a busted oil well in the Gulf appears to be holding back the flow of crude. Workers stopped pumping mud in after about eight hours and BP says they've reached a new milestone in killing off the... more »
  • Oil leak from well in Jefferson Parish capped

    August 2, 2010 6:17 AM

    The Coast Guard says a leak from an abandoned oil well on Bayou St. Denis in southern Jefferson Parish has been capped. Capt. John Arenstam says the leak was capped shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday. A barge struck the long abandoned well on July 27. Oil skimming and recovery operations... more »
  • New BP chief: Priority is plugging well for good

    July 27, 2010 6:52 AM

    The newly named CEO of BP says his top priority is sealing its blown oil well for good and cleaning and restoring the Gulf of Mexico. Bob Dudley said on ABC's "Good Morning America" he does not expect any more oil to gush into the Gulf as BP works to... more »
  • PA Gas Well Explosion

    July 23, 2010 11:18 AM

    A natural gas well has exploded and killed two people, in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. The blast happened around 10 a.m.in a remote area of Indiana Township, about 15 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Reports say the well is still burning at this hour. The PA Public Utility... more »
  • Oil spill work on hold as TS Bonnie approaches

    July 23, 2010 4:53 AM

    Work to permanently cap the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is at a standstill after ships were ordered to evacuate because of Tropical Storm Bonnie. There had been worries that the cap that has mostly contained the oil would have to be reopened and left gushing if... more »
  • Ships ready to leave leaky well as storm brews

    July 22, 2010 6:10 AM

    Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico are preparing to evacuate as a tropical rainstorm brewing in the Caribbean brings the deep-sea effort to plug BP's ruptured oil well to a near standstill. Though the rough weather is hundreds of miles from the spill site and... more »
  • Feds let BP keep oil cap closed for another day

    July 19, 2010 6:24 AM

    Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says he's authorized BP to keep the cap on its busted well for another 24 hours after the company pledged to closely monitor the seafloor for signs of a new leak. Allen says a federal science team held a conference call with BP representatives Sunday... more »
  • BP: No signs of underground leak

    July 16, 2010 7:45 AM

    BP says it is encouraged by early results from the latest cap on the Gulf well. At this time there is no sign of an underground leak. Over the next two days, BP will take regular pressure readings. A drop might indicate that oil is leaking somewhere else, such as... more »
  • BP reports progress on oil cap

    July 12, 2010 5:20 AM

    BP underwater robots are assembling heavy metal pieces in what could be the most progress toward containing the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil well. The oil giant says it's ahead of schedule, but residents along the Gulf are skeptical. Robotic submarines worked to bolt down a pipe-like connector called a... more »
  • More than 27,000 abandoned wells lurk in Gulf of Mexico

    July 7, 2010 10:30 AM

    More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells sit in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, and no one is checking to see if they are leaking, according to an Associated Press investigation. The oldest of the wells was abandoned in the 1940s, which raises concerns that some... more »
  • Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns

    June 18, 2010 7:13 AM

    The crude gushing from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the ecosystem. John Kessler is a Texas A&M University oceanographer. He says the oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane - compared... more »
  • Gulf oil leak video could haunt Obama

    June 18, 2010 6:29 AM

    It's nearly impossible to avoid the live video of the coal-gray oil gushing from BP's well a mile below the Gulf of Mexico's surface and a poll shows most Americans have seen it. Now, some are wondering if the Gulf oil leak cam could engulf President Barack Obama? The video... more »
  • BP exec says cap is collecting some oil in Gulf

    June 4, 2010 6:34 AM

    BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says a cap that's been placed atop a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been collecting some oil but he doesn't know how much. Suttles says oil has started flowing up the pipe from the cap. It will be later in... more »
  • Effort to contain Gulf oil stalls with stuck saw

    June 2, 2010 9:00 AM

    Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen is saying that a saw has become stuck as it was cutting through a pipe on a busted well, stalling the latest attempt to contain the Gulf oil gusher. Allen said Wednesday the goal is to free the saw and finish the cut later in... more »
  • BP: Equipment in place for Gulf 'top kill' try

    May 25, 2010 9:11 AM

    BP engineers say they have the equipment in place to try a complicated procedure that they hope will seal the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well. BP says they hope to launch the "top kill" on Wednesday and will soon start 12 hours of tests to prepare for the maneuver.... more »
  • BP may cap well with dome if "Top Kill" fails

    May 24, 2010 2:32 PM

    BP officials say that if their attempt to plug the leaking Gulf of Mexico well by injecting it with heavy drilling mud fails, they will likely try to cap it with a small containment dome. They are hoping to launch the massive "top kill" maneuver Wednesday. BP officials... more »
  • Bad cement jobs plague offshore rigs

    May 24, 2010 5:51 AM

    An Associated Press investigation has found government reports about dozens of offshore oil wells where cementing failed, as it may have on the Deepwater Horizon. The federal accident and incident reports implicates cementing at least 34 times since 1978. Many of the reports identify the cause simply as "poor cement... more »
  • BP to permanently cap leaking Gulf oil well

    May 17, 2010 2:53 PM

    BP says it is not try to produce oil through a blown-out well that's been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico ever again. Officials say the right thing to do is just plug the well for good. However, BP officials did not rule out drilling elsewhere to tap the... more »
  • Drilling begins on 2nd relief well near Gulf leak

    May 17, 2010 2:41 PM

    BP have started drilling a second relief well where the oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. BP continues to siphon some of the oil gushing into the Gulf, but officials say relief wells are a more permanent solution. It will be months before they're complete. ... more »
  • BP: Tube getting over one-fifth of gushing oil

    May 17, 2010 6:39 AM

    BP says a mile-long tube has been collecting more than one-fifth of the oil that's spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from a blown-out well. Chief operating officer Doug Suttles said the tube has been siphoning more than 42,000 gallons a day BP has estimated about 210,000 gallons a day,... 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 »
  • BP: One leak capped

    May 5, 2010 7:45 AM

    Coast Guard says BP has capped 1 of 3 leaks, but it won't reduce oil flow from Gulf well. The Coast Guard says the work should reduce the number of leak points that need to be fixed on the ocean floor. BP officials have said that fewer leaks will make... more »
  • Gas found in Caddo water wells

    April 20, 2010 7:45 AM

    About 100 homes in southern Caddo Parish have been evacuated as a precaution after natural gas was detected in drinking water wells. Crews were drilling for natural gas in the area. DEQ says natural gas leaked into the Wilcox Aquifer and that 35 of 45 private water wells it sampled... more »
  • Precautionary evac in southern Caddo Parish

    April 19, 2010 9:39 AM

    A precautionary evacuation was ordered in southern Caddo Parish near a natural gas well. Caddo Parish deputies asked residents living near the well to evacuate to a nearby fire station as a precaution while crews prepare to release pressure in the well to prevent it from blowing. more »

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