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  • ASME recognizes 1st floating offshore drilling rig

    March 12, 2012 7:24 AM

    MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - 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.... more »
  • Reps. Landry & Boustany Disagree Over Proposed Offshore Safety Reforms

    December 6, 2011 12:05 AM

    The United States Senate is considering a bill, which involves offshore safety reforms proposed by Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia. In the wake of recent fatalities offshore, most will agree safety should be a priority in the Gulf, but not everyone is onboard with Landry's ideas. H.R. 2838, also... more »
  • BP Making Plans in the Gulf of Mexico

    September 28, 2011 2:17 AM

    BP is making plans to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's exploration plan (EP) was filed last week with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). The plans include drilling four wells in the Keathly Canyon area of the Gulf, plans that were... more »
  • Avoyelles Parish Landowners Hoping to Get Rich

    July 13, 2011 7:30 PM

    Many people are hoping the next big oil rush will happen in Central Louisiana. Researchers said seven billion barrels of oil is in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, which stretches from Texas to Mississippi. Many residents in the Avoyelles Parish town of Marksville have been approached by companies who are... more »
  • Senate Blocks GOP Bid to Speed Offshore Drilling

    May 19, 2011 6:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has rejected a GOP bid to speed up and expand offshore oil drilling in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices. A procedural vote failed Wednesday, 57-42, on a GOP bid to speed decision-making on drilling permits and force the government to conduct previously scheduled lease... more »
  • BP Asks Permission to Resume Drilling

    April 3, 2011 8:19 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - BP PLC is asking U.S. regulators to let it resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a report that The New York Times published on its website Sunday. The move comes almost a year after a rig that the British oil company leased exploded.... more »
  • Drilling Permit Hailed as 'Policy Breakthrough'

    March 1, 2011 2:28 AM

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced Monday that it has approved the first deep-water drilling permit in the Gulf of Mexico since last year's oil disaster in the Gulf. "It's certainly a policy breakthrough," said Scott Angelle, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural... more »
  • Interior Dept. found in contempt over drilling ban

    February 2, 2011 8:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's initial moratorium on deepwater drilling in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill is holding the Interior Department in civil contempt for what he called its "determined disregard" of his order. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled... more »
  • Senator blocks Obama nominee over drilling halt

    December 9, 2010 10:10 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration won't be able to fill a key science position until it testifies about a decision to block areas of the eastern Gulf and Atlantic seaboard from new oil and gas drilling, a Republican senator said Thursday. Sen. David Vitter, R- La., said in a... more »
  • Bromwich: There is no unofficial oil moratorium

    December 8, 2010 4:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The head of the federal agency that regulates offshore oil drilling says the government is working as fast as it can to issue new permits to resume drilling after April's Deepwater Horizon explosion and denied claims from some in the industry that an unofficial drilling moratorium... more »
  • Obama: No Offshore Drilling in East Coast Waters

    December 1, 2010 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official said on Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new oil drilling... more »
  • Judge Closes Hearing on Offshore Drilling Permits

    November 9, 2010 11:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday barred news organizations from a conference over a company's claim that the government has not yet issued a single permit to allow offshore drilling even though a moratorium was lifted in October. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said the hearing would... more »
  • Chevron, Total Warn UK Not to Ban Deepsea Drilling

    October 26, 2010 11:14 AM

    LONDON (AP) - Leading oil and gas companies warned British lawmakers Tuesday that any U.K. moratorium on deepwater drilling in response to the Gulf of Mexico spill would force them to abandon the North Sea in favor of projects elsewhere. Executives from Chevron Corp., France's Total and Danish state-controlled DONG... more »
  • BP CEO hits back at media and politicians

    October 25, 2010 9:18 PM

    LONDON (AP) - BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley accused some politicians and the media on Monday of being too hasty to pin all the blame on his company for the devastating Gulf of Mexico spill - and emphasized the need for deep-water drilling. In his first major public speech since... more »
  • Chevron will apply for drilling permits soon

    October 22, 2010 10:10 AM

    Now that the moratorium is lifted Chevron says it may be one of the first companies to ask permission to drill in the gulf. Chevron executives say they will apply for drilling permits within the next week, for several deep-water projects. The government says it hasn't received any new applications... more »
  • Gulf moratorium is over but drilling has to wait

    October 13, 2010 10:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A day after the end of the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling, the Gulf oil industry was a mix of furious activity and tortured waiting around. Companies that are helping the industry meet new regulations are scrambling to keep up with increased business while oil-rig workers... more »
  • Lt. Governor Responds to Drilling Ban Being Lifted

    October 12, 2010 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Lt. Governor Scott Angelle responded to the announcement by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the moratorium on deepwater drilling has been lifted by the Obama Administration. “We have worked vigorously over the past four months urging our federal government to lift... more »
  • Drilling Moratorium Will be Lifted "Very Soon"-Likely this Week

    October 12, 2010 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Tuesday the government will lift a moratorium on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico "very soon" - likely this week. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the government is close to having the plans in place to lift the ban... more »
  • Offshore Drilling Rigs Required to Certify They Have Working Blowout Preventers

    September 30, 2010 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has announced new rules requiring that offshore drilling rigs certify that they have working blowout preventers and standards for cementing wells. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that the new rules will improve safety and reduce the chance of catastrophic blowouts such as the... more »
  • New Offshore Drilling Rules to Be Announced

    September 30, 2010 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is set to release new rules for offshore oil drillers as it prepares to lift a ban on deepwater drilling. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce the new rules, including some that address workplace safety, at a speech on Thursday. The rules... more »
  • Offshore Drilling Agency to Weigh in Ahead of Schedule on Moratorium

    September 27, 2010 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government agency in charge of offshore drilling will weigh in ahead of schedule on whether a ban on new deepwater wells should be lifted. The chief of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Michael Bromwich, told an investigative panel Monday that he is a month ahead... more »
  • Support Jobs Suffer From Moratorium

    September 21, 2010 2:58 PM

    The drilling moratorium is getting national attention as people are wondering why rig hands are still working and if the Gulf region is really still suffering. Local companies like Pro-Log in New Iberia say, yes, they are suffering. Pro Log is an oilfield service company in that makes portable... more »
  • EPA wants to know chemicals used in gas drilling

    September 9, 2010 9:25 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency asked nine natural gas companies Thursday to voluntarily disclose the chemical components used in a drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing. The agency said the information is important to its study of the controversial drilling practice, also known as "fracking." Crews inject vast quantities... more »
  • Rally for Jobs in Texas

    September 1, 2010 7:42 PM

    Three rallies against the drilling moratorium took place in Texas today. Corpus Christi, Port Arthur and Houston all held rallies simultaneously. A few hundred gathered at one in Port Arthur, Texas. Port Arthur resident, Ed Cadena said, "it is important that we speak up because we are part of... more »
  • Drilling agency imposes conflict-of-interest rules

    August 31, 2010 9:16 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Scandalized by federal regulators who had sex with oil company executives and negotiated with them for jobs, the agency that oversees offshore drilling is imposing a first-ever ethics policy that bars inspectors from dealing with a company that employs a family member or personal friend. Michael Bromwich,... more »
  • Offshore Drilling First-Ever Ethics Policy

    August 31, 2010 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON -- Scandalized by U.S. regulators who had sex with oil company executives and negotiated with them for jobs, the agency that oversees offshore drilling is imposing a first-ever ethics policy that bars inspectors from dealing with a company that employs a family member or personal friend. Michael Bromwich,... more »
  • Jindal presses panel on drilling moratorium

    August 30, 2010 9:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal again sought an end to President Barack Obama's moratorium on deepwater oil drilling as he met Monday with two members of the president's commission investigating the BP oil spill: former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and National Geographic Society executive Terry Garcia. He got... more »
  • Feds to Spill Commission: Drilling Ban Stays

    August 24, 2010 7:05 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The top federal offshore oil drilling regulator is telling the presidential oil spill commission that the temporary halt to deepwater drilling will remain in place for a few more months. The Interior Department issued the moratorium after the deadly April 20 BP oil rig explosion. It was... more »
  • Senate Field Hearing In Lafayette On Drilling Moratorium

    August 17, 2010 7:15 PM

    Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter were in Lafayette today for what's called a "field hearing." The subject of the hearing was the moratorium on deep water drilling. It happened today at the LITE Center and played out very much like hearings you might have seen on C-SPAN, people... more »
  • US is Toughening Scrutiny of Deepwater Drilling

    August 16, 2010 8:20 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Monday it is toughening environmental reviews for all new deepwater oil drilling, ending an easy path to oil riches that allowed BP to drill its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico with little federal scrutiny. The step is meant to help redress a... more »
  • Appeals Court Postpones Hearing on Drilling Ban

    August 16, 2010 6:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has postponed its Sept. 1 hearing on an overturned six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling because the panel is seeking more information about the government's new temporary drilling ban. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ordered... more »
  • Environmental Reviews For All New Deepwater Drilling Projects

    August 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will no longer allow new deepwater drilling projects to go forward without environmental reviews, as happened with BP's Deepwater Horizon. The administration announced the new policy Monday after the White House Council on Environmental Quality reported that BP got environmental exemptions based on decades-old... more »
  • BP fund may use drilling money as collateral

    August 11, 2010 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The $20 billion victims' compensation fund established for the Gulf oil spill may use revenue from BP's oil and gas drilling as collateral, according to details released Wednesday by the White House. The government watchdog group Public Citizen criticized the arrangement as a conflict of interest, arguing... more »
  • Storms delay drilling for final BP well plug

    August 10, 2010 8:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Approaching storms forced crews to suspend drilling the final stretch of a relief well aimed at shooting a permanent underground plug into BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the government's point man for the disaster said Tuesday. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen... more »
  • BP Suspending Drilling on Well Until Storm Passes

    August 10, 2010 12:09 PM

    The government's point man for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says crews drilling a relief well to permanently stop the oil will suspend their work until storms pass. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the suspension could delay completion of the relief well by two or... more »
  • Debate on a Bill to Boost Safety Standards for Drilling

    July 30, 2010 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has begun debate on a bill to boost safety standards for offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills. Democratic leaders hailed the bill as a comprehensive response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and said it would... more »
  • Counter Protesters Want to Keep Moratorium

    July 21, 2010 7:17 PM

    While thousands rallied on Wednesday in Lafayette to lift the moratorium, a handful of people stood out by traffic on Congress Street, in support of the moratorium. About two dozen people addressed traffic while 11,000 others filled the Cajundome. "We're small in numbers but it's the quality of what we're... more »
  • Rally Opposing Drilling Moratorium Scheduled

    July 21, 2010 8:40 AM

    LAYFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Organizers expect a big turnout at a rally to oppose the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. The rally, scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Lafayette Cajundome, is expected to draw 15,000 to 20,000 people wanting to show concern about the halt of deepwater oil... more »
  • Judge Refuses to Withdraw From Drilling Ban Case

    July 19, 2010 8:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge who overturned the Obama administration's initial six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling has refused to disqualify himself from the case. Several environmental groups had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to withdraw from the case because of his investments in several oil and... more »
  • Anti-Moratorium Rally Leaders' Goals

    July 19, 2010 2:39 PM

    Only 2 days left until the "Rally for Economic Survival"... but will it actually make a difference in Washington? Rally leaders say they hope to fill the Cajundome with over 12,000 people. They have gotten response from people in parishes throughout the state and some people from Houston. ... more »
  • Amendment Would Ban Companies With Significant Violations Offshore Drilling Permits

    July 14, 2010 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee wants to put BP in a penalty box of sorts. The Natural Resources Committee approved an amendment Wednesday that would ban companies with significant workplace safety or environmental violations over the preceding seven years from new offshore drilling permits. The California Democrat who sponsored... more »
  • New Moratorium On Deep-Water Offshore Drilling

    July 12, 2010 5:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is issuing a new moratorium on deep-water offshore drilling and it's no longer based on water depth. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement Monday, arguing that a pause is still needed to ensure that oil and gas companies implement safety measures to reduce... more »
  • Court Rejects Bid to Restore Drilling Moratorium

    July 9, 2010 6:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the federal government's effort to restore an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, opening the door to resumed drilling in the Gulf while the legal fight continues. The ruling is not the final word on the Obama administration's fight to suspend... more »
  • Ban On Offshore Drilling In Florida Waters On November Ballot

    July 8, 2010 5:35 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist has called a special session of the state Legislature to get a constitutional ban on offshore oil drilling in Florida waters on the November ballot. Crist on Thursday said the session will be held July 20 to July 23. Crist has said he... more »
  • Appeals Court to Hear Drilling Moratorium Case

    July 8, 2010 6:50 AM

    s NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court is set to hear the Justice Department's bid to delay a judge's decision to overturn a six-month deepwater drilling moratorium. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday from lawyers on... more »
  • Salazar Says Drilling Moratorium Could be Refined

    June 23, 2010 8:09 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling could be refined to reflect offshore conditions. Salazar told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that he plans to issue a new drilling freeze after a federal judge struck down a previous ban on Tuesday.... more »
  • Judge Who Nixed Drilling Ban has Oil Investments

    June 23, 2010 9:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He's also a new member of a secret national security court.... more »
  • White House to Appeal Ruling Against Drilling Ban

    June 22, 2010 8:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Tuesday it will immediately appeal a federal judge's ruling against the Obama administration's moratorium on new deepwater drilling. A New Orleans judge on Tuesday blocked the six-month ban imposed in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, saying the Interior Department had failed... more »
  • Salazar Creates New Agency to Oversee Drilling

    June 21, 2010 8:36 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A former federal prosecutor took over Monday as director of a new government agency that oversees offshore drilling and other oil and gas development. Michael R. Bromwich, 56, a former assistant U.S. attorney and Justice Department inspector general, will lead a reorganization of the agency formerly known... more »
  • Rig drilling relief well ahead of schedule

    June 17, 2010 11:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A rig drilling a relief well meant to stanch a gushing flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is ahead of schedule and could reach its target over the next three to four weeks. That's according to Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. He said Thursday... more »
  • Obama: Drilling Moratorium is Necessary

    June 15, 2010 9:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he understands the difficulties stemming from a six-month moratorium on new permits for deepwater drilling but tells the nation that he has to ensure the safety of those who work on the oil rigs at sea. Obama on Tuesday said he had proposed... more »
  • Moratorium on Gulf Oil Drilling Bad Idea

    June 13, 2010 3:40 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he'll tell President Barack Obama the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could hurt the national economy. Obama is scheuled to arrive Monday morning in Gulfport, the first stop on a two-day trip to Mississippi, Alabama... more »
  • Date Set For Suit Against Drilling Moratorium

    June 11, 2010 3:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has set a hearing for June 21 on a lawsuit aimed at nullifying the six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The suit, which names the federal government as defendant, was filed earlier this week by Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc.,... more »
  • UPDATE-Salazar Denies Administration Was Blocking Shallow Offshore Drilling

    June 3, 2010 2:28 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is blocking all new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, a day after regulators approved a new permit for drilling in shallow water. An e-mail Thursday from the Gulf Coast office of the Minerals Management Service says that "until further notice" no new... more »
  • Overhaul Of Agency That Regulates Offshore Drilling

    May 18, 2010 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar conceded Tuesday that the government failed to hold the oil industry accountable and ensure safety in offshore oil drilling. Salazar, in his first appearance before Congress since the April 20 Gulf accident, promised an overhaul of the agency that regulates offshore oil drilling... more »
  • Review of Environmental Procedures For Offshore Drilling

    May 14, 2010 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Review of Environmental Procedures For Offshore Drilling Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday the review is part of the administration's efforts to tighten oversight of the minerals agency following the catastrophic Gulf Coast oil spill. The review will focus on whether the agency is following all environmental... more »
  • BP And Drilling Partners Account Oil Spill

    May 11, 2010 6:28 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress called BP and its drilling partners to account Tuesday for a "cascade of failures" behind the spreading Gulf oil spill, zeroing in on a crucial chain of events at the deep-sea wellhead just before an explosion consumed the rig and set off the catastrophic rupture. In... more »
  • Proposal: Split Agency That Oversees Offshore Drilling

    May 11, 2010 3:35 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is proposing to split up an Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drilling, as part of its response to the Gulf Coast oil spill. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called for a plan to split the Minerals Management Service in two. One agency would be... more »
  • Gulf Spill Pauses Oil Drilling

    April 28, 2010 1:48 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist touched ground after about 90 minutes above the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday and had no doubts about where he stood on oil drilling off his state's shore: Not now, no way. Crist was awed - and not in a good way... more »
  • BP Drilling Later This Week to Relieve Pressure Off Blown-Out Well

    April 27, 2010 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says crews will begin drilling later this week to try and take the pressure off of a blown-out well spewing 42,000 gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. BP was leasing the Deepwater Horizon, the offshore oil rig that exploded last... more »
  • Not Giving Up Plans to Expand Offshore Drilling

    April 23, 2010 4:02 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is no reason to give up plans to expand offshore drilling. Gibbs says President Barack Obama continues to believe that the United States needs a comprehensive solution to its energy... more »
  • No Violations: Drilling Rig That Exploded

    April 22, 2010 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Three recent federal inspections turned up no violations at an offshore drilling rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. The Minerals Management Service said it inspected the Deepwater Horizon in February, March and on April 1. Spokeswoman Eileen Angelico says the rig moved... more »
  • Drilling to Benefit Louisiana

    March 31, 2010 11:47 PM

    President Obama's plan to expand offshore drilling is expected to have positive impacts in Louisiana, particularly for the oil and gas service industry. "I think it'll be a great opportunity for Louisiana businesses, we obviously know more about offshore drilling than any other state, so that can mean good paying... more »
  • Vitter Urges President to Open More Areas to Drilling

    September 22, 2009 8:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is urging the Obama administration not to delay opening up more offshore areas to oil and natural gas drilling. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is reviewing a sweeping blueprint for expanded offshore drilling proposed in the final days of the Bush administration. He... more »

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