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  • Coast Guard rescues Gulf boat worker, foot severed

    January 10, 2014 9:57 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The Coast Guard has rescued a crewmember of a Gulf of Mexico offshore supply boat whose foot was severed in an accident. The Coast Guard in Houston on Thursday afternoon dispatched a helicopter to airlift the 27-year-old man from a vessel about 5 miles off Louisiana. Officials... more »
  • Northeast relying less on Gulf natural gas supply

    November 29, 2013 4:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The amount of natural gas extracted from the Gulf of Mexico and sent to the Northeast has dropped sharply in recent years as new discoveries in that region boost the nation's overall supply, according to new federal data. New Orleans CityBusiness reports data from the U.S.... more »
  • 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 »
  • Obama's Labor Day: Politics, presence in the Gulf

    September 3, 2012 4:54 AM

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Barreling through the presidential campaign's competitive states, President Barack Obama will detour deep in the South on Labor Day, long enough to offer a presence and promises of help to those flooded out by Hurricane Isaac. Obama will mix politics and presidential empathy on a holiday... more »
  • Gulf fishermen reel from seafood troubles

    May 24, 2012 11:26 AM

    LAFITTE, La. (AP) - Gloom infects the hard-working shrimp and crab docks of this gritty fishing town as the second full year of fishing since BP's catastrophic oil spill kicks into high gear. Usually folks are upbeat and busy in May, when shrimpers get back to work in Louisiana's rich... more »
  • Coast Guard checks Shell report of Gulf oil slick

    April 12, 2012 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard was checking reports Thursday of a 10-mile oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico near wells operated by Shell Oil. A helicopter with a pollution officer on board was headed out to determine the source of the oil, Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve... more »
  • Gulf grouper recreational season opens April 1, 2012

    March 26, 2012 9:02 AM

    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council reminds anglers that the recreational harvest of shallow-water groupers - except for gag - reopens April 1 within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The annual February 1 - March 31 closure of Gulf recreational shallow-water grouper includes gag,... more »
  • Senate approves states receiving Gulf spill fines

    March 9, 2012 6:20 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved using the bulk of water pollution fines stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil spill to pay for restoration in five Gulf states. The BP oil company could be fined $5.4 billion to $21.1 billion under the Clean Water Act, depending on whether it's... more »
  • Gulf state governors question Air Force plan

    March 7, 2012 10:58 AM

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Governors of states along the Gulf Coast want President Barack Obama to stop the U.S. Air Force from potentially moving eight planes used in disasters to Montana. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Air Force is considering budget cuts that could affect eight C-130... more »
  • People Close to Case: Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed

    February 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    A federal trial over the nation's worst offshore oil disaster has been delayed for a week to allow more time for settlement talks, according to two people close to the case. The two people told The Associated Press the decision was made Sunday during a conference call between parties in... more »
  • Louisiana's 2nd Gulf Dead Zone from E La to Ala

    February 2, 2012 8:41 AM

    A new study finds that Louisiana's second Gulf of Mexico dead zone stretches at least from the Chandeleur Sound off Louisiana to Alabama's Dauphin Island - and could be bigger. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation says it could check only as far as Dauphin Island last year. Officials hope to... more »
  • Oil execs: restrictions are coming too fast

    January 6, 2012 10:48 PM

    "We don't have a problem with complying." Lawrence Svedson says, "it's just sometimes we don't know what we're supposed to comply with." Offshore oil companies say they're losing thousands of barrels a day and they're blaming government red tape. Some of the region's biggest names in offshore drilling... more »
  • Gulf oyster industry eyes electronic tracking

    December 23, 2011 12:49 PM

    The oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico is developing an electronic system needed to track oysters for new food safety regulations. The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/t2BwIl ) that Gulf states are developing the system, required under measures passed by Congress last year to make it easier to track food-borne illness... more »
  • Gulf Oil Spill Documentary to Screen in N.O.

    October 14, 2011 6:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A documentary about the Gulf oil spill is getting its North American premiere at a New Orleans movie theater. "The Big Fix," which was screened in May at the Cannes Film Festival in France, was scheduled Friday night at the Prytania Theater as part of the... 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 »
  • Forecasters eye disturbed weather in Gulf

    September 1, 2011 9:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Weather Service said a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical depression by the weekend. People all along the northern Gulf coast were advised to monitor the system, which was producing cloudiness and thunderstorms as it moved northwestward. Conditions... more »
  • US Officials Conducting Dead Bird Study in Gulf

    August 7, 2011 2:29 PM

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A new study being conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aims to determine how many birds may have died during the Gulf oil spill last year. The Press-Register in Mobile (http://bit.ly/qD83rW ) reports that in the "Carcass Drift Study" funded by BP PLC, researchers... more »
  • Researchers Target Safety on Gulf Shrimp Boats

    July 24, 2011 12:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Mang Vo wanted to make a lasting impression on his shrimping safety class when he learned many of the fishermen didn't know how to make a proper mayday call. After some told him they use cell phones during emergencies at sea, he pulled an old cell... more »
  • Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Diver in Gulf of Mexico

    July 10, 2011 12:24 PM

    MOBILE, Ala. - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing diver at approximately 3 p.m., Saturday. Coast Guard crews searched more than 37 hours, covering approximately 1,700 square miles, in an effort to locate a male diver. The Coast Guard launched the search Friday after... more »
  • BP: Don't give Gulf fail-safe device to Transocean

    June 24, 2011 9:58 AM

    ATLANTA (AP) - BP and Transocean are at odds over who should get possession of a key piece of evidence in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill investigation once additional testing is complete. Transocean, responsible for maintaining the blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's oil spill, wants the... more »
  • Largest-Ever Gulf Dead Zone Predicted This Summer

    June 6, 2011 11:22 PM

    As the threat of flooding dwindles, a new threat rises to the surface: All of that excess water flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. 2011 was supposed to be a good year for shrimpers, hoping to regain some of the revenue lost last year after the BP oil spill.... more »
  • Scientists Fret Over BP Funds for Gulf Research

    April 24, 2011 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude's impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time studies begin.... more »
  • Along Gulf, Spill Still Defines State of Mind

    April 16, 2011 3:23 PM

    ALONG THE GULF COAST (AP) - In the small brick church across the road from the chocolate waters of Bayou Lafourche, the Rev. Joseph Anthony Pereira unbuttons his collar as the last parishioners pull out of the lot. Tonight, nearly a year after the BP oil spill began, he's asked... more »
  • Senators Want BP Fines to Help Gulf Coast

    April 15, 2011 6:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's two U.S. senators have filed a bill to get 80 percent of the penalties BP faces paying for last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to go toward fixing the Gulf Coast. Similar legislative efforts have been unsuccessful so far. Sens. Mary Landrieu... more »
  • Kin of Gulf Rig Worker Killed Settles Legal Claims

    April 9, 2011 10:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago have settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico disaster. A New Orleans federal court filing Friday says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair... more »
  • Helicopter Crash in Gulf

    March 24, 2011 11:19 PM

    Three workers were rescued Thursday evening after the helicopter they were in tipped into the Gulf of Mexico. The chopper is owned by Lafayette based company, PHI. Witnesses said the chopper was leaving an oil platform in Main Pass, in Plaquemines Parish, when it happened. The helicopter is... more »
  • Federal Government Bills BP for $62 Million

    March 13, 2011 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Obama administration has billed BP PLC. for $62 million spent responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal government sent the bill Friday. It was the 10th bill sent to BP and other companies considered responsible parties. BP is required to pay for... more »
  • State of Gulf Seafood After Spill: Road to Recovery

    March 1, 2011 11:39 PM

    To conclude the KATC special series on the state of gulf seafood after the BP oil spill, Maddie Garrett takes a look at the survival of an industry that so many in south Louisiana depend on. The message from those on the boats and in the restaurants is that... more »
  • State of Gulf Seafood After Spill: Inside the Oyster Industry

    March 1, 2011 12:06 AM

    KATC continues its series on the state of gulf seafood by taking an in depth look into one of Louisiana's biggest seafood products, the oyster industry. Workers for Motivatit Oysters endlessly dredge year round all along the coast of Louisiana. But during and after the BP oil spill, their livelihood... more »
  • Scientist Questions Safety of Gulf Seafood

    February 28, 2011 1:04 AM

    Fishermen and restaurants are still struggling to rebound from last year's gulf oil spill. But is the seafood they harvest and sell really safe too eat? KATC's Maddie Garrett set out to find the answers from two of the leading experts in Louisiana's seafood industry and environmental sciences. "What... more »
  • Coast Guard: Oil cleanup should be scaled back

    February 11, 2011 8:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The cleanup of oiled beaches along the Gulf of Mexico has reached a point where crews, heavy equipment and thorough scrubbing can cause more damage to the ecosystem than good, the Coast Guard said Friday. Birds, sea turtles, fish and other species are more likely to... more »
  • Feds reopen shrimping grounds in Gulf of Mexico

    February 1, 2011 9:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 4,200-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico near BP's blown out well will reopen to deep water shrimping after federal scientists found the fishing grounds free of oil. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will reopen the area in federal waters off Louisiana,... more »
  • Missing Man Found Alive on Boat in the Gulf

    January 12, 2011 5:30 PM

    The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office and Coast Guard rescued a man who had been missing since January 3rd in the Gulf of Mexico. The 34' sailboat and the passenger, 52-year old Josiah Hoffman of Mississippi, went missing in a severe storm. The vessel was located about six miles south of... more »
  • BP claims czar returns to Gulf amid complaints

    January 10, 2011 9:47 PM

    MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - The administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill claims fund on Monday promised fairness and speed in compensating victims, but angry fishermen and business owners are complaining that they're still not getting what they deserve. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg met Monday with oil spill victims in... more »
  • Feds Push Back in Flap Over Blowout Preventer Test

    January 9, 2011 12:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal investigators are pushing back against criticism they aren't doing enough to keep companies involved in the Gulf oil spill away from any hands-on role in the forensic analysis of a key piece of equipment that failed to keep crude from entering the sea. Rep. Edward... more »
  • Breton Refuge Reopened After Gulf Oil Spill

    January 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    BRETON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. (AP) - After months of being closed to the public due to the BP oil spill, the Breton National Wildlife Refuge is open again. The refuge encompasses areas at the mouth of the Mississippi River and a chain of barrier islands in Chandeleur Sound. The... more »
  • Cleanup of Oil-Tainted Gulf Coast Nears End

    December 30, 2010 9:56 PM

    EAST GRAND TERRE ISLAND, La. (AP) - Dig 2 feet into the sand on this wind-swept beach and up comes the foul smell of oil. The unmistakable whiff of crude eight months after the BP spill is one of the last in-your-face reminders of the long, tainted summer on the... more »
  • Restaurants Nationwide Boost Gulf Seafood

    December 1, 2010 7:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 275 restaurants across the country will be taking part in the first "America's Night out for Gulf Seafood" to promote the safety of Gulf seafood after the massive BP oil spill. All of the participating restaurants on Wednesday will be serving a special dish... more »
  • E-mails Show Struggle to Guess Size of Gulf Spill

    November 25, 2010 9:52 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A review of thousands of government e-mails from last summer shows that the Obama administration struggled behind the scenes to determine just how much oil was leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from a broken BP well. The e-mails, obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom... more »
  • Secretary Salazar Visits Houma

    November 22, 2010 7:22 PM

    State lawmakers and industry officials were hopeful going into Monday's meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar. U.S. Congressman of Louisiana's third congressional district, Jeff Landry, said "we were anticipating that we were going to see some final relief in the permitting process." President of the Louisiana Oil and... 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 »
  • Spill panel says management culture to blame

    November 9, 2010 9:40 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - It wasn't just the botched technical decisions. BP and other companies' management, communication and overconfidence in dealing with risk led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, investigators for the presidential commission said Tuesday. The commission's chief engineer, Richard Sears, outlined seven managerial findings, including muddled lines... more »
  • Scientists find dead, dying corals near BP well

    November 4, 2010 9:37 PM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Federal scientists say they have found damage to deep sea corals and other marine life several miles from where BP's blown-out well spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration along with Penn State University... more »
  • Gulf Corals in Oil Spill Zone Appear Healthy

    October 22, 2010 12:12 PM

    ON THE FLOOR OF THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Just 20 miles north of where BP's blown-out well spewed millions of gallons of oil into the sea, life appears bountiful despite initial fears that crude could have wiped out many of these delicate deepwater habitats. Plankton, tiny suspended particles... more »
  • Dead animals are Exhibit A in Gulf investigation

    October 14, 2010 9:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Dead birds are wrapped in foil or paper, then sealed in plastic bags to avoid cross contamination. Dolphin tissue samples and dead sea turtles are kept in locked freezers. Field notebooks are collected and secured. Scientists examining dead animals that were discovered along the Gulf Coast... 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 »
  • BP Wouldn't Say Whether it Will Seek Permits to Drill in Gulf

    October 13, 2010 1:02 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - BP wouldn't say Wednesday whether it will seek new permits to drill in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico now that the moratorium imposed after its massive spill has been lifted. Other oil companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell, have made clear their intentions to begin drilling... more »
  • Another Portion Gulf Reopened to Commercial and Recreational Fishing

    October 5, 2010 3:56 PM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Another portion of the Gulf of Mexico has been reopened to commercial and recreational fishing after federal scientists found no oil contamination to bar consumption of seafood. The 2,927 square-mile area is located off eastern Louisiana, about 40 miles south of the BP well that spewed... more »
  • Another Chunk of the Gulf of Mexico has Been Opened to Fishing

    October 1, 2010 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Another chunk of the Gulf of Mexico has been opened to fishing after seafood tests and surveys found no oil contamination threat. The 5,628-square-mile area is just west of the Mississippi River delta and about 75 miles south of the BP well that spewed millions of... more »
  • NOAA says sediment on Gulf floor not visibly oiled

    September 30, 2010 10:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal scientists said Thursday they had not found any visible oil on the sea floor around the BP PLC well that spewed hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Other scientists say they have found a layer of oil on the... more »
  • Next Phase of Gulf Spill Damage Assessment Starts

    September 30, 2010 6:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal and state government agencies and BP have entered a new and important phase in determining how much damage has been done to the ecosystem by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Wednesday, the government and BP said they had started to determine how much... more »
  • Obama endorses using fines for Gulf rehabilitation

    September 28, 2010 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama endorsed a plan Tuesday to rehabilitate the Gulf of Mexico with some of the billions of dollars in water pollution fines expected from the companies responsible for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the government's point person... more »
  • Panel Probes Decisions Made After Gulf Spill

    September 27, 2010 6:48 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A panel that President Barack Obama appointed to investigate the Gulf oil spill will begin Monday to scrutinize how his administration reacted to the disaster. The two-day meeting of the presidential oil spill commission will look at the controversial use of chemical dispersants, a moratorium on deep-water... more »
  • Recreational Red Snapper Season OK'd for Gulf

    September 22, 2010 10:00 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - Federal fisheries managers have approved a weekend recreational red snapper season for the Gulf of Mexico in October and November. The National Marine Fisheries Service set the season on Tuesday. It will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 1 until Nov. 22. Officials say the daily... 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 »
  • Hurricane Karl takes aim at Mexican Gulf Coast

    September 17, 2010 11:30 AM

    VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) - Hurricane Karl grew with surprising speed into a powerful Category 3 storm Friday, prompting closure of Gulf of Mexico oil facilities, and forecasters said the storm could strengthen further before hitting near the country's largest power plant. Karl's maximum sustained winds already were near 120 mph... more »
  • Tropical Storm Karl Re-Enters Gulf

    September 16, 2010 11:00 AM

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Tropical Storm Karl re-entered the Gulf of Mexico and strengthened again Thursday after dumping heavy rains on the Yucatan Peninsula, threatening to build into a Category 2 hurricane and hit near a port and an oil hub on the Mexican Gulf coast. Karl could make landfall... more »
  • Grant to Catalog Thousands of Invertebrates Collected From Gulf

    September 14, 2010 12:28 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Biologists at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory are working to catalog thousands of invertebrates collected from the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi Press reported the laboratory, located Ocean Springs, has received $190,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation. GCRL museum curator Sara LeCroy says... more »
  • BP Shares Gain After Gulf Report

    September 8, 2010 7:39 AM

    LONDON (AP) - Shares in BP PLC have extended gains after the release of an internal report on the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that deflects much of the blame onto contractor Transocean. The stock was up 2 percent at 414.95 pence ($6.41) shortly after the report... more »
  • Key Oil Spill Evidence Raised to Gulf's Surface

    September 6, 2010 8:13 AM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Investigators looking into what went wrong in the Gulf of Mexico step closer to answers now that a key piece of evidence is secure aboard a ship. Engineers took 29½ hours to lift the 50-foot, 300-ton blowout preventer from a mile beneath the... more »
  • What now for Gulf? Fire complicates drill debate

    September 3, 2010 9:11 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - What now for the Gulf? News of another oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico, so soon after the BP oil spill, has set off a wave of anxiety along the Gulf Coast and prompted calls for the government to extend its six-month ban on deepwater... more »
  • Platform Explosion Raises Concern About the Drilling Moratorium

    September 3, 2010 7:10 PM

    Just when it looked hopeful that the ban on offshore drilling may come to an end, another accident has all eyes looking towards the gulf. Lafayette resident, John Constantine, said " it was going to get to a point where we got more sympathy, but I think that this... more »
  • More Federal Waters in Gulf Open to Fishing

    September 3, 2010 3:56 PM

    MIAMI (AP) - More federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle are open to commercial and recreational fishing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that the 3,114-square mile area had a low risk for future exposure to oil. Tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi and other... more »
  • Boaters React to Platform Fire

    September 2, 2010 7:35 PM

    With Labor Day weekend upon us, recreational fishermen are already hitting the waters, including Vermilion Bay. The oil platform exploded less than 100 miles south of the fishing area, and once word spread, many thoughts of loved ones and the economy crossed the minds of locals. "It's what you... more »
  • Northern Gulf of Mexico Fishing Ban Lifted

    September 2, 2010 4:45 PM

    MIAMI (AP) - Federal authorities have lifted a fishing ban in the northern Gulf of Mexico from the Florida Panhandle to the far eastern coast of Louisiana. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said Thursday about 5,130 square miles of federal waters from Pensacola west through Alabama and Mississippi are... more »
  • BP spent $93M on advertising after Gulf spill

    September 1, 2010 9:21 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Oil giant BP says it has spent more than $5 million a week on advertising since the Gulf Coast oil spill - more than three times the amount it spent on ads during the same period last year. BP PLC told the House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Free Concert in Gulf Shores to Boost Tourism

    September 1, 2010 5:34 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Gulf Shores officials say Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley will perform concerts in mid-October to boost tourism on the Alabama coast after the Gulf oil spill. Bon Jovi will appear on Oct. 15 and Paisley on Oct. 17. Their concerts are in conjunction with the... more »
  • The Smell Test: Officials Say Gulf Seafood Is Safe & Your Nose Knows It

    August 31, 2010 7:44 PM

    Scientists and FDA officials are trying to put the message out that gulf seafood is safe to eat and if you don't believe it, try smelling the food. Experts in the field of seafood testing have assembled in New Orleans to show KATC that people can actually smell oil... more »
  • Friday Or Later Before Efforts In Gulf Can Resume

    August 31, 2010 3:29 PM

    MYRTLE GROVE, La. (AP) - Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says it will be Friday or later before efforts can resume to remove the failed blowout preventer from the deep water well that caused the huge Gulf oil spill. Allen told a news conference Tuesday in Myrtle Grove that... more »
  • Feds to remove temporary cap from Gulf well

    August 27, 2010 9:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government said engineers will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap that stopped oil from gushing out of BP's blown-out Gulf well so that crews can raise a key piece of equipment from the seabed. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's... more »
  • Obama Headed to Gulf Coast

    August 27, 2010 2:57 PM

    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama will head to New Orleans following his Marthas' Vineyard vacation to reaffirm his commitment to the Gulf Coast. He'll arrive Sunday, five years to the day from when Hurricane Katrina raged ashore. The storm flooded 80 percent of the city, killing more... more »
  • Gulf states join forces to boost economy

    August 26, 2010 9:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials, organizations and businesses from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are forming a new economic development coalition for the Gulf Coast. Dubbed "Ready 4 Takeoff," the coalition is calling for federal government purchases of seafood for the military, schools and other agencies to help the Gulf... more »
  • Oil beneath the surface? Thousands of boats in Gulf

    August 26, 2010 7:00 PM

    More than a thousand Vessels of Opportunity are still scanning the Gulf of Mexico for traces of oil, but where are crews looking? Four months after BP's oil disaster, there are no signs of crude from the air. "We saw no large concentrations of oil," said Lt. Regina Caffrey... more »
  • Key Device in Gulf Spill Didn't Get Recertified

    August 25, 2010 8:33 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - A critical device at the center of an investigation to resign as governor last sumon didn't undergo a rigorous recertification process in 2005 as required by federal regulators, a worker responsible for maintaining the equipment told investigators Wednesday. Mark Hay of rig-owner Transocean said the blowout preventer... more »
  • Gulf Oil Spill-Waste Disposal

    August 25, 2010 9:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The cleanup of history's worst peacetime oil spill is generating thousands of tons of oil-soaked debris that is ending up in local landfills, some of which have existing environmental concerns. The soft, absorbent boom that has played the biggest role in containing the spill alone would... more »
  • New Microbe Discovered Eating Oil Spill in Gulf

    August 24, 2010 8:17 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe is suddenly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf following the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. And the microbe... more »
  • Gulf residents struggle in aftermath of oil spill

    August 23, 2010 5:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, and that should be a relief. But with fewer cleanup jobs to be had, many of the people hit hardest by the huge spill are struggling as badly as ever. Boat captains ifd deckhands who managed... more »
  • For Gulf Tourism, Problem is Perception - Not Oil

    August 22, 2010 6:39 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Officials along the Gulf Coast say tourists are staying away from their beaches and other attractions becauigh occupancy ratar the region is coated in oil. Experts say that perception could take years to overcome and cost billions of dollars. The BP oil spill has been plugged... more »
  • Gov't: 23K Workers Affected by Gulf Oil Drill Ban

    August 21, 2010 4:10 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico would directly put more than 9,000 people out of work and indirectly affect another 14,000 jobs, according to a memo from the nation's top drilling regulator. The federal document, which weighed the economic impact and alternatives... more »
  • Major Study Charts Long-Lasting Oil Plume in Gulf

    August 20, 2010 6:21 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A 22-mile-long invisible mist of oil is meandering far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, where it will probably lester for months or more, scientists reported Thursday in the first conclusive evidence of an underwater plume from the BP spill. The most worrisome part is... more »
  • First oiled turtles released in Gulf after rehab

    August 18, 2010 9:04 PM

    CEDAR KEY, Fla. (AP) - The first rehabilitated turtles oiled by BP's massive leak were released back into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, with scientists saying that animals taken in by rescuers - including birds - appear more resilient than first feared. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who... more »
  • Gulf Surface Looks Cleaner, but Woes Lurk Below

    August 17, 2010 8:45 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Researchers are warning that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a bigger mess than the government claims and that a lot of crude is lurking deep below the surface, some of it settling perhaps in a critical undersea canyon off the Florida Panhandle. The evidence of... more »
  • $31.3M Recovery Grants for Louisiana, Gulf

    August 16, 2010 7:19 PM

    Loading WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visited Louisiana today to hear from local business owners and community members who have been directly affected by the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. At an economic roundtable... more »
  • Louisiana Shrimpers Worry About Prices for Next Season

    August 16, 2010 5:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Shrimpers trawling Louisiana waters Monday in the first commercial season since the Gulf disaster don't know what dangers from the massive BP oil spill still lurk and what market there will be for their catch if consumers don't believe the seafood is safe. Perhaps the biggest... more »
  • Gulf Seafood gets Intense Safety Testing

    August 16, 2010 5:38 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is being put under the microscope like no other kind on the market, with fish, shrimp and other catches ground up to hunt for minute traces of oil - far more reassuring than that sniff test that made all the headlines.... more »
  • A Boat Ride and Ice Cream Cap Obama's Trip to Gulf

    August 15, 2010 2:52 PM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama and his family cruised the waters off their Florida Panhandle hotel on Sunday, offering a portrait of a family on vacation to boost a region struggling with the economic damage wrought by the nation's worst oil spill. The Obamas boarded the... more »
  • Gulf Driller to Light Up Cigar After Job is Done

    August 15, 2010 2:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man with pinpoint accuracy who is drilling the relief well meant to plug BP's runaway well is looking forward to finishing his mission and celebrating with a cigar, a dinner party with his crew and a trip somewhere quiet to unwind with his wife. John... more »
  • Obama Says Gulf Coast' Open for Business

    August 14, 2010 10:51 PM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared Gulf Coast beaches clean, safe and open for business as he brought his family to the Florida Panhandle and promised residents that the government wouldn't forget them once efforts to stop the leak are finished. White House spokesman Bill... more »
  • Obama looks to boost Gulf tourism with family trip

    August 13, 2010 9:18 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is heeding his own advice to American vacationers, taking his family to the Gulf Coast this weekend to help the sagging tourism industry. The president will arrive Saturday and spend just over 24 hours in the Panama City, Fla., area, a quick jaunt in... more »
  • Lt. Governor extends local invite to President Obama

    August 12, 2010 7:27 PM

    The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival is coming-up Labor Day weekend. Among the new attractions, organizers are trying to construct the world's largest poboy- but that may be overshadowed by a visit from President Obama. It's all speculation at this time- Lt. Governor Scott Angelle extended the invite to his coworker... more »
  • New Orleans judge to handle most Gulf spill suits

    August 10, 2010 9:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge in New Orleans was picked Tuesday to preside over more than 300 lawsuits filed against BP PLC and other companies over the Gulf oil spill, in a move that should please many of the plaintiffs' lawyers and their clients. The U.S. Judicial Panel... more »
  • Shrimp season to start, but is it safe to eat?

    August 10, 2010 7:25 PM

    Captain Cherie Broussard unloads her boat full of chilled shrimp. She and her crew just came back from Southwest Pass. Her reputation and livlihood is on the line if any contaminated shrimp are found. "People are scared," Broussard said. "If they feed it to their family, their family will... more »
  • A Stretch of the Gulf will Reopen to Fishing

    August 10, 2010 12:48 PM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Federal authorities are set to announce that a stretch of the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle will be reopened for commercial and recreational fishing. Large swaths of the Gulf of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have been closed to fishing since the... more »
  • Crabs provide evidence that oil is tainting Gulf food

    August 9, 2010 9:05 PM

    BARATARIA, La. (AP) - To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem's health: the blue crab. Weeks ago, before engineers pumped in mud and cement to... more »
  • Hurricane Could Bring Bureaucratic Delays to Gulf

    August 9, 2010 9:15 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - If a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast and whips up oil from BP's massive spill, cleanup workers will not be able to swoop into action to fix the mess. A new Obama administration edict requires that the oil be tested before it can be cleaned, according to... more »
  • BP's Gulf Oil Spill Costs Rise to $6.1 Billion

    August 9, 2010 9:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says its costs to respond to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has risen to about $6.1 billion. That includes expenses for relief well drilling, the static kill and cementing procedure done on the blown out oil well, grants to Gulf coast... more »
  • Crabs Provide Evidence Oil Tainting Gulf Food Web

    August 9, 2010 8:59 AM

    BARATARIA, La. (AP) - To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem's health: the blue crab. Weeks ago, before engineers pumped in mud and cement to... more »
  • Crude Still Coats Marshes and Wetlands Along Gulf

    August 6, 2010 9:04 AM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Much of the crude still in the Gulf and coastal areas more than three months after BP's blowout has permeated deep into marshes and wetlands, complicating cleanup. Crews are still finding plenty of crude in those interior areas, even as government officials say... more »
  • Children Deal with Gulf Oil Spill Stress Too

    August 6, 2010 8:56 AM

    GALLIANO, La. (AP) - Nine-year-old Zack Wilkerson spent a good chunk of his summer on the computer watching video of undersea robots try to fix the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It wasn't his first choice, but the oil that spewed into the Gulf about 100 miles from... more »

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