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  • Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale Could Impact Acadiana

    November 27, 2012 11:48 PM

    Wednesday could be a big day for the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, with more than 20 million acres up for sale in the Western Gulf of Mexico. The areas are open for oil and gas exploration and development and are being put up for sale by the US... more »
  • Long Lines and Gas Shortages in Advance of Isaac

    August 27, 2012 10:40 PM

    Across Acadiana people are tanking up their vehicles in advance of Isaac. As of Monday afternoon, many gas stations were running out of fuel and long lines looked more like traffic jams at several gas stations. "I was shocked, the parking lot was jam packed over here," said Randy... more »
  • DNR geologist: Gas may be bubbling from salt dome

    July 16, 2012 11:16 AM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH, La. (AP) - A top geologist at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says bubbling gas in bayous in Assumption Parish may be connected to a salt dome deep underground. The Advocate reports that Madhurendu Kumar, director of DNR's geological oil and gas division, told residents last week... more »
  • Lower Gas Prices Means Travel is Up

    June 12, 2012 3:26 PM

    Instead of pain at the pump, how about a little relief for a change? Gas prices have been steadying falling, down 28 cents in just the last month. And just about everyone likes lower gas prices, especially if you're in the RV-ing world. "If they can put less... more »
  • Gas prices in Louisiana

    June 4, 2012 8:44 AM

    Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have fallen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.31/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61/g, according to gasoline price website LouisianaGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas... more »
  • Weekly US Oil, Gas Rig Count Down 11 to 1,997

    February 4, 2012 2:01 PM

    The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is down 11 this week to 1,997. The Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 1,245 rigs were exploring for oil and 745 for natural gas. Seven were listed as miscellaneous. Among the major... more »
  • Lafayette Pet Adoption Day

    October 15, 2011 11:37 PM

    The Animal Care Hospital in Lafayette held a howl--ween bash. Dozens gathered for a pet costume contest and adoption day. Over the year, more than one thousand pets are rescued from the Vermillion Parish Gas Chamber and placed into loving homes.
  • Toddler Survives Gas Container Explosion

    October 12, 2011 11:13 PM

    A one-year-old girl from New Iberia is recovering after she was burned by a gas can explosion. David Bellard, Jr. said he was sitting outside in a go-cart with his young daughter, Jeannette Bellard, Tuesday afternoon, when he said she got up to chase a cat. "When I... more »
  • Lafayette Transit System Going Green

    July 7, 2011 6:48 PM

    Out with the old and in with the new. The city of Lafayette is upgrading its transit system they're going green. Everyday nearly four thousand people board one of the twenty-one Lafayette city buses, but with an ageing fleet, the city is upgrading to an eco-friendly bus. ... more »
  • Prices at Gas Pump Painful for 4 in 10 Americans

    May 20, 2011 8:21 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - High gasoline prices are pushing a lot of Americans to make tough choices, scaling back summer vacations, driving less or ditching the car altogether. And some seniors are choosing a tank of gas over their prescriptions. An Associated Press-GfK poll shows the share of Americans who say... more »
  • Oil prices fall on disappointing economic data

    May 17, 2011 10:43 AM

    Oil prices are falling after factory production and new home construction declined in the U.S. last month. Benchmark oil for June delivery fell 67 cents to $96.70 per barrel Tuesday morning on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Federal Reserve says factories produced fewer goods in April for the first... more »
  • Obama Announces Steps to Speed US Oil Production

    May 14, 2011 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing continued public unhappiness over gas prices, President Barack Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska's coast and holding more frequent lease sales in a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska. Obama... more »
  • Rising Food and Gas Costs Push up Consumer Prices

    May 13, 2011 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers paid more for gas and food in April, pushing inflation to its highest level in two and a half years. But so far this month, inflationary pressures have begun to ease. The Consumer Price Index increased 0.4 percent in April, the Labor Department said. In the... more »
  • Economy Slowed by High Gas Prices, Bad Weather

    April 28, 2011 9:48 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as high gas prices cut into consumer spending, bad weather delayed construction projects and the federal government slashed defense spending by the most in six years. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy grew... more »
  • Many Evacuees Still Unable to Return Home

    April 27, 2011 11:22 PM

    Crews were able to stop the natural gas well from spewing Wednesday afternoon, but as of Wednesday night the rig is still considered insecure and that means it's not safe for some families to return home. The American Red Cross reported roughly 970 people checked in Wednesday as evacuees... more »
  • The Breaking Point of Gas Prices

    April 14, 2011 11:48 PM

    Just about everyone is feeling the pain at the pump right now, and the Energy Department released new numbers warning gas prices could increase 40% this summer, topping $5.00 a gallon. The Energy Department said families will be spending significantly more on gas this year, up $825 per household... more »
  • Neighbors Shaken by Deadly Gas Well Explosion

    April 1, 2011 12:45 AM

    The deadly Hilcorp Energy Company gas well explosion Thursday afternoon rocked the small neighborhood that sits right behind the well site. For many residents, the accident hit a little too close to home. "Well I was at work and I saw the cops and the sirens and I saw... more »
  • High Gas Prices; Good & Bad News for Local Businesses

    March 2, 2011 3:37 AM

    In the past week alone, gas prices have risen 23-cents in Louisiana, but your everyday drivers aren't the only ones feeling the pain at the pump. Some businesses, which run on fuel are finding it difficult to stay afloat. Take Dixie Cab company in Lafayette, where the spike in gas... more »
  • Gas Prices on the Rise

    February 24, 2011 12:25 AM

    Unrest in the Middle East is starting to have an impact here in Acadiana; gas prices are going up. "What we have here is a supply and demand issue," said Mark Lasseigne, a financial advisor with Investment Partners of Acadiana. In the past week alone, Lasseigne says the... more »
  • Natural Gas Leak in Lafayette Parish

    February 4, 2011 12:06 AM

    Lafayette Hazmat, Sheriff's Department, and the Fire Department are on scene of a natural gas in the 1200 Block of Breaux Road. Officials with the Lafayette Sheriff's Department say that the leak is coming from a pumping well. There are no evacuations at this time, but they are preparing... more »
  • AADE LAFAYETTE CHAPTER ACKNOWLEDGES CHANGING TIMES

    January 13, 2011 3:21 PM

    New regulations and the changing landscape of the oil and gas industry were discussed at the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) annual Operator Forum held at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Guest speakers from operating companies working in oil and gas are invited to address the group at... more »
  • Statement from Texas Gas Company Following Explosion

    December 24, 2010 11:50 AM

    At approximately 1 a.m. on Friday, December 24, an incident occurred at a Texas Gas compressor station in Lafayette Parish resulting in a fire. At the time of the incident, the emergency shutdown system isolated the compressor station from the pipeline system. Company personnel worked with local responders to ensure... more »
  • Update: School Evacuated Following Gas Line Rupture

    November 19, 2010 1:07 PM

    Update: The gas line that ruptured is said to be a "small" one operated by Gulf South. It runs through Erath and Delcambre and is 2800 feet long. Officials say it's an old line, and they've been working on replacing it since October. State Police say the situation is controlled,... more »
  • Natural gas pipeline ruptures, injures 3

    November 12, 2010 9:29 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Richland Parish Sheriff Charles McDonald says three men working on natural gas lines were injured when a line ruptured. McDonald told The News-Star that none of the injuries appeared life-threatening: One man had abdominal pain, one had shoulder pain and the third had hearing trouble. McDonald... more »
  • Interstate Shut Down Due to Hazardous Gas Leak

    October 30, 2010 9:49 AM

    Interstate 10 is shut down due to an 18-wheeler leaking a poisonous gas. Silicon Sodium Tetrafluoride is an inhalation hazard. An 18-wheeler driver noticed he was leaking the gas and pulled over at milepost 108, in the eastbound lane. Because of the winds, the vapor is going right over I-10.... more »
  • Former Presidential Candidate talks Moratorium, jobs

    October 19, 2010 6:19 PM

    The aftermath of an offshore drilling moratorium is a growing concern in southern Louisiana. Many are asking what rules and regulations we're going to be left with. According to some oil and gas advocates, those haven't been set in stone yet. Former GOP Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee spoke to some... more »
  • Moratorium and jobs: will they be there?

    October 12, 2010 7:34 PM

    "The moratorium being lifted is one thing." Rob Guidry says, "but getting the permits so people can go back to work is really the issue we're dealing with now." Guidry, of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, says the barrier hasn't been taken down just yet and it could be... more »
  • Gas for Guns

    October 11, 2010 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Four Baton Rouge churches will be offering more than spiritual counseling and messages for redemption next week. They'll be handing out gas cards to anyone who turns in an illegally held handgun or assault weapon. Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced the "Gas for... more »
  • Oil & Gas Companies Required To Dismantle Platforms Not In Use And Plug Nonproducing Wells

    September 15, 2010 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it will require oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico to plug nearly 3,500 nonproducing wells and dismantle about 650 production platforms that are no longer used. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said a formal notice issued Wednesday would make energy... more »
  • Inspection Fees May Double for Oil & Gas Industry

    September 14, 2010 1:43 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The oil and gas industry says an Obama administration plan to double fees charged for inspections of offshore operations could cost jobs. American Petroleum Institute president Jack Gerard says the industry recognizes the need for improved inspections and oversight following the BP oil spill. But he says... 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 »
  • Second Rally for Oil & Gas Industry Jobs Tomorrow

    August 31, 2010 12:37 PM

    Lafayette will be represented Wednesday in a "Rally for Jobs" to be held in Port Arthur, Texas. Bruce Conque, Vice President of Marketing and Governmental Relations for the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is one of the speakers. Rallies will take place in five states during the congressional recess period.... more »
  • Oil & Gas Expands Overseas

    August 30, 2010 6:46 PM

    The drilling moratorium is causing some companies to look elsewhere for opportunities. Two rigs have already moved out of the Gulf of Mexico and are relocating to drill in Brazil. Now the company NLV International is recruiting for Brazil and its national oil company, Petrobras. "The challenge... more »
  • La. HWY 70 Reopens After Oil and Gas Well Blowout

    August 30, 2010 12:40 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) - A section of La. Highway 70 closed for nearly three weeks because of an oil and gas well blowout in Assumption Parish has been reopened to traffic. The Mantle Oil and Gas LLC well blew Aug. 11 and forced authorities to shut down La. 70 between... more »
  • 1 Injured in Gas Compressor Station Explosion

    August 25, 2010 8:43 PM

    SHONGALOO, La. (AP) - An explosion at a natural gas compressor station near Shongaloo has left an employee critically injured. The explosion at the DCP compressor station happened at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Officials say an employee was conducting a site inspectiediwhen the accident occurred. The employee, identified as Heath... more »
  • A Natural Gas Compressor Station Exploded Near Shongaloo

    August 25, 2010 5:40 PM

    SHONGALOO, La. (AP) - An explosion at a natural gas compressor station near Shongaloo has left an employee critically injured. The explosion at the DCP compressor station happened at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Officials say an employee was conducting a site inspection when the accident occurred. The employee, identified as... more »
  • Oil & Gas Blowout in Assumption Parish has Stopped on its own

    August 24, 2010 12:15 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) - State police say an oil and gas blowout in Assumption Parish has stopped on its own. Trooper Bryan Zeringue (zuh-RANG') tells The Advocate that are preparing to cap the well from the surface while the flow is stopped. Zeringue said the exploratory well northwest of Paincourtville... more »
  • Oil and Gas Opportunities in Brazil

    August 20, 2010 6:31 PM

    Lafayette, Louisiana. August 20, 2010 - The International Center of Lafayette Consolidated Government, in conjunction with NLV International, is hosting a free informational meeting regarding key opportunities in the Brazilian energy market as well as those chemicals, materials and services that are in critical demand in Brazil. The meeting will... more »
  • 1,651 Rigs Actively Exploring For Oil and Natural Gas

    August 20, 2010 3:41 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,651. Houston-based drilling systems provider Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 985 rigs were exploring for natural gas and 655 for oil. Eleven were listed as miscellaneous.... more »
  • LEDA Job Fair

    August 18, 2010 6:21 PM

    Some businesses looking to hire are now combing through thousands of resumes. The Lafayette Economic Development Authority held their 15th annual job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome Convention Center. With the nation's unemployment rate hovering near 10 percent, organizers say they were not surprised to see nearly 3 thousand jobseekers... more »
  • $394,000 of Oil and Gas Equipment Allegedly Stolen

    August 3, 2010 12:08 PM

    On July 27, 2010 the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Bureau of Investigations was notified of an alleged theft of oil field equipment at Axxis Drilling in New Iberia. Detectives learned that approximately $394,000 of oil and gas equipment was allegedly stolen from the Axxis Drilling yard between the dates... more »
  • BP Gas Station Owners Divided Over Whether to Change Name

    July 30, 2010 1:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP gas station owners across the country are divided over whether the oil giant stained by its handling of the Gulf spill should rebrand U.S. outlets as Amoco or another name as part of its effort to repair the company's badly damaged reputation. Some who have... more »
  • US Gas Stations: Stay BP or Change Name to Amoco?

    July 30, 2010 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP gas station owners across the country are divided over whether the oil giant stained by its handling of the Gulf spill should rebrand U.S. outlets as Amoco or another name as part of its effort to repair the company's badly damaged reputation. Some who have... more »
  • Lifetime of Suffering Due to Gas Explosion

    July 29, 2010 7:19 PM

    On June 15, 2003 in the early hours of the morning Da'Shawne Jones was changing her niece's diaper when her home burst into flames. Her father, Carl Jones Sr., had illegally reconnected his gas service. Randy Piedrahita, the attorney representing the Jones and Joseph family, said Carl Jones Sr.,... more »
  • LOGA Messages

    July 21, 2010 6:42 PM

    Both local and national news media were covering the Rally for Economic Survival. But, as they recorded Governor Jindal, Sammy Kershaw, and other celebrities and politicians, one camera was set up specifically for the "average man and woman." The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is documenting 30 second to... more »
  • Winn Dixie Rewards

    July 7, 2010 5:53 PM

    More relief is coming to the gas gump, as one grocery store launches a new rewards program. Winn Dixie kicked off the program Wednesday, which allows shoppers to save in the store as well as at Shell gas stations. It's called "Fuelperks." For every $50 customers spend in the... more »
  • Number of rigs actively exploring for oil and gas increased

    June 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,539. Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 953 rigs were exploring for natural gas and 574 for oil. Twelve were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago... more »
  • Natural gas: An overlooked danger in the oil spill

    June 18, 2010 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It is an overlooked danger in the oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico's fragile ecosystem. The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane,... more »
  • Permit Sought for Gas Facility

    June 3, 2010 7:48 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - AGL Resources has begun the permitting process for the controversial expansion of its natural gas storage facility in salt domes under Lake Peigneur in Iberia Parish. The company filed a notice last month of its plans to seek a permit from the state Department of Natural... more »
  • BP Oil and Gas Platform Asked to Shutdown

    May 17, 2010 1:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -BP Oil and Gas Platform Asked to Shutdown A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court says the U.S. Interior Department failed to investigate warnings of possible safety problems with BP's Atlantis platform. Atlantis is stationed in 7,070 feet of water more than 150 miles south of... more »
  • Oil and Gas Wells Be Prepared to Shut Down if Ordered

    May 11, 2010 7:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is telling operators of oil and gas wells to be prepared to shut down if ordered by the Coast Guard. The emergency order issued Tuesday applies to oil and gas wells in Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson,... more »
  • 42 Families Out of Homes Because of Gas Well

    April 28, 2010 2:00 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - About 42 Caddo Parish families are still out of their houses while work continues at a natural gas well where pressure rose to a dangerous level more than a week ago. Authorities tell The Times of Shreveport that it will be at least another day before... more »
  • UPDATE: Simmesport Gas Station Fire is Out

    April 27, 2010 6:23 PM

    A large fire at Maddie's Truck Sop in Simmesport is forcing the closure of Highway One. It started at 10:30 this morning. a Preliminary investigation suggest it started as an electrical fire. Several businesses were evacuated, including a nursing home and two daycares. In addition all nearby... more »
  • Animal Welfare Advocate Wants Gas Station Tiger Removed

    April 21, 2010 12:09 PM

    GROSSE TETE, La. (AP) - A Florida animal welfare advocate fired off a scathing e-mail complaining to Iberville Parish authorities about what she called inhumane conditions a tiger is forced to endure while on public display at an Interstate 10 truck stop. Her criticism brought a volley of denials Tuesday... more »
  • Oil & Gas See Latest Technologies

    March 4, 2010 1:15 PM

    The oil and gas industries' latest innovations let workers out in the field communicate quicker and more accurately with their home bases. Thursday's "Go Tech Expo" at the Cajundome is put on by the ISA, or International Society of Automation so the oil and gas industries can see the... more »
  • Lafayette Police search for robbery suspect

    February 22, 2010 12:05 PM

    On February 21, 2010, at approximately 9:30 pm, officers with the Lafayette Police Department responded to an Armed Robbery at 2428 West Pinhook Road. The suspect entered the business, produced a small black semi-automatic pistol and demanded money and Kool's cigarettes. The clerk turned over an undisclosed amount of cash... more »
  • Police identify body found on Congress Street

    February 17, 2010 12:32 PM

    Lafayette Police Department investigators have identified the male victim found behind a convenience store on Monday evening as Richard Ronald Fuller (51), originally from Echo, Louisiana. On February 15, 2010, at approximately 8:20 pm, patrons walking behind a convenience store at 2400 West Congress Street discovered the body of a... more »
  • UPDATE: Body Found Cause Of Death And Identity To Be Released

    February 16, 2010 6:43 AM

    UPDATE: Police say a cause of death and identity for the body found will be released on Wednesday. The body of a middle-aged man was found Monday (February 15) evening behind the Chevron gas station at the corner of Congress and Bertrand. Investigators tell KATC, three girls went into... more »
  • La. gas storage project faces opposition

    February 15, 2010 11:48 AM

    FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - An environmental group wants to stop a natural gas storage project in St. Mary Parish. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network has asked the state Department of Environmental Quality to deny a permit for the Henry Gas Storage plan. The report from LEAN says the plans to... more »
  • 1 dead in pipeline explosion at Barksdale

    January 7, 2010 10:38 AM

    BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - Air Force officials say a natural gas pipeline explosion at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana has killed a civilian. Maj. Carie Parker, a spokeswoman for the 2nd Bomb Wing, says the explosion happened about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday near an unpopulated area on... more »
  • DNR Secretary urges EPA To Revoke Greenhouse Gas Ruling

    December 28, 2009 11:32 AM

    Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Scott Angelle is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its actions in taking steps toward a rule-making process that could create new restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions. In a letter to the EPA, Angelle calls on the EPA... more »
  • Jeanerette: Mobil gas station robbed

    December 18, 2009 5:21 PM

    Tuesday night (December 18) 2 men ran into the Mobil gas station on Main Street and held up cashier gunpoint. The two got away with 540 dollars. If you have any information please call the Jeanerette Police Dept (337) 276-6323.
  • Lafayette History Pt. 2

    November 13, 2009 9:35 AM

    We go back to Lafayette during the 70s and the greatest drilling boom its ever seen. What began as a trickle in the 60's was a gusher in the 70's... Lafayette was all about black gold. With oil prices hovering near $30 a barrel unemployment hung around a low four... more »
  • More offshore platforms are becoming active following Ida

    November 11, 2009 3:57 PM

    Tropical Storm Ida Activity Statistics Update - November 11, 2009: Minerals Management Service monitors activities through its Continuity of Operations Plan NEW ORLEANS - Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following Tropical Storm Ida. The Minerals Management... more »
  • Offshore rigs restore production following Ida

    November 10, 2009 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following Tropical Storm Ida. The Minerals Management Service's Continuity of Operations Plan team is monitoring the operators' activities. This team will be activated until operations return to normal. ... more »
  • Rigs and platforms evacuated for TS Ida

    November 9, 2009 3:19 PM

    Tropical Storm Ida Activity Statistics Update - November 9, 2009: Minerals Management Service monitors activities through its Continuity of Operations Plan NEW ORLEANS - Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of Tropical Storm Ida. The Minerals Management... more »
  • Two hurt in chopper crash in Gulf off Galveston

    November 2, 2009 8:48 AM

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A helicopter crash on takeoff from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico left two men injured and the aircraft in the water. A spokesman for Broussard, La.,-based Rotorcraft Leasing Co., which serves the oil and gas industry, said Monday the cause of the crash is... more »
  • Kuwait-based Oil Executive In Town For LAGCOE

    October 26, 2009 6:30 PM

    City-Parish President Joey Durel welcomed Mohammad Husain to Lafayette today. Husain is the Vice-Chair for a Kuwait-based oil company and is in town for the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition. LAGCOE is one of the largest energy trade shows in the country and this will be Husain's first trade show... more »
  • Lafayette Fire Department Responds to Congress House Fire

    October 14, 2009 1:47 PM

    The Lafayette Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1106 W. Congress; the call apparently came in around 11:45am today. At this time KATC has learned that the driver of a pick-up was backing out of the drive way and inadvertently clipped a gas meter. Lafayette Fire... 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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