The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office is releasing the name of the pilot who died in a helicopter crash Wednesday morning.
Chief Medicolegal Death Investigator Mark Bone says 47-year-old Patrick Becnel from Belle Chase died after crashing in the Gulf of Mexico about 30 miles northeast of Venice.
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Following a Sunday interview on the Fox News Channel where he cited the need to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, Congressman Jeff Landry (Republican, New Iberia) is pushing legislation to get oil and gas production back in the Gulf of Mexico.
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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 »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gulf of Mexico cleanup crews working to block millions of gallons of oil from reaching land may soon have a giant on their side, if a weekend test of a new skimmer goes well. The Taiwanese vessel dubbed "A Whale," which its owners describe as the... more »
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - William Mahan bends over a bowl of raw shrimp and inhales deeply, using his left hand to wave the scent up toward his nose. Deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. He clears his palate with a bowl of freshly cut watermelon before moving on to raw oysters. Deep... more »
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A federal fisheries official says the government is investigating whether aggressive shrimp boats are causing turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico. Sheryan Epperly, sea turtle team leader for the National Marine Fisheries Service, said Wednesday that officials are looking into whether some of the boats... more »
VENICE, La. (AP) - A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has become far worse than initially thought crept toward the coast Thursday as government officials offered help from the military to prevent a disaster that could destroy fragile marshlands along the shore. An executive for BP... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An oil platform that burned for more than day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Crews searched by air and water for 11 workers still missing from the Deepwater Horizon, though one relative said family... more »