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  • 4 cited for alleged offshore fishing violations

    May 22, 2012 6:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says enforcement agents boarded three boats in less than three hours and cited four men for alleged fishing violations. Spokesman Adam Einck says that on the shrimper Manana, agents found captain John C. Aleman of Laguna Vista, Texas,... more »
  • 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 »
  • Offshore lease sale set for June

    January 26, 2012 10:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Department of Interior says it has set a June date for the next Gulf offshore oil and natural gas lease sale. The sale will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The sale will take place in... 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 »
  • Attorney Tells Details of Louisiana Offshore Workers Missing Days at Sea

    September 27, 2011 7:06 PM

    The two Louisiana offshore workers who spent days missing in the Gulf of Mexico, struggling to stay alive, are slowly recovering. The ten men who abandoned their lift-boat were stranded at sea after Tropical Storm Nate tore through the Gulf. It's been almost three weeks since the offshore workers... more »
  • Attorney Talks About Trinity II Lawsuit

    September 27, 2011 10:36 AM

    The Louisiana offshore workers who were missing for three days in the Gulf of Mexico during Tropical Storm Nate are taking their case to the courts. Ted Derise Jr. of New Iberia, Jeremy Parfait of Houma, along with family of Craig Myers, one of the deceased workers from New Iberia,... more »
  • Father of Missing Offshore Workers Talks

    September 9, 2011 11:30 PM

    Mexican officials are searching for ten offshore workers who've been missing since Thursday. They're using five helicopters, a fixed-wing plane and two vessels to search for the men in the Bay of Campeche where Tropical Storm Nate caused commotion. Of the ten men missing, three are from New Iberia and... more »
  • Offshore Evacuations Begin Due to Tropical Storm Don

    July 27, 2011 10:48 PM

    With Tropical Storm Don approaching, Shell said it's evacuating about 70 non-essential personnel from rigs in the southwest Gulf of Mexico. And that means helicopter companies in Lafayette are firing up their engines for the first round evacuations. "These are very costly decisions that are being made, but over... 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 »
  • Acadiana Man Dies Offshore; Family Speaks to KATC

    February 18, 2011 12:01 AM

    An off shore worker from Breaux Bridge died on a platform south of Lake Charles Wednesday morning. The family of Joseph Bruno said they're still in shock after finding out their father and husband had died in an accident doing the job he loved. "He was a loving father, loving... more »
  • Acadiana Offshore Oil Worker Killed On the Job

    February 17, 2011 5:44 PM

    A natural gas platform worker from Acadiana died yesterday on a rig south of Lake Charles. Unfortunately not much is known about what happened and how the man died. His name is Joseph Bruno of Breaux Bridge and he was working on an Apache Corporation platform on swing ropes when... more »
  • Feds develop policy for offshore fish farming

    February 9, 2011 9:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration said on Wednesday it supports the farming of fish in federal waters, but that the practice needs to be done in a safe and scientifically sound manner. In the Gulf of Mexico, businesses have proposed growing fish on unused oil and natural... more »
  • State closes parts of offshore waters to shrimping

    December 22, 2010 6:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries officials have closed a portion of Louisiana's offshore waters to shrimping to help protect smaller shrimp. The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission authorized Tuesday's closure at its Dec. 2 meeting. The commission gave Secretary Robert Barham the authority to delay the closure... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Man Captured OffShore for Alleged Attempted Rape & Aggravated Burglary

    September 7, 2010 4:34 PM

    On September 3, 2010, at approximately 7:00 am, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard, arrested a John Paul Thomas (26) who was working off the Louisiana coast. Thomas was wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for alleged Attempted... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • New Bill Will Divide Offshore Regulators Agency Into 3 Parts

    July 15, 2010 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel has approved legislation that would overhaul the government agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling. The bill would divide the agency into three parts: one for leasing and permitting; another for inspections and investigations; and a third to collect revenue. It also seeks to clamp... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Bad Cement Jobs Plague Offshore Rigs

    May 24, 2010 7:04 AM

    The tricky process of sealing an offshore oil well with cement - suspected as a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico disaster - has failed dozens of times in the past, according to an Associated Press investigation. Yet federal regulators give drillers a free hand in this crucial safety... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Oil Could Force Closure Of The LA Offshore Oil Port

    May 7, 2010 2:54 PM

    VENICE, La. (AP) - Oil gushing from a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico could force closure of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port next week, authorities said Friday. The port, known as LOOP, is a platform off the Louisiana coast about 80 miles southwest of New... more »
  • Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm

    April 28, 2010 2:13 PM

    BOSTON (AP) - The Obama administration has approved what would be the nation's first offshore wind farm, off Cape Cod, inching the U.S. closer to harvesting an untapped domestic energy source - the steady breezes blowing along its vast coasts. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his decision Wednesday in... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Update: Offshore Platform Fire and Fatality

    January 13, 2010 1:35 PM

    A man is dead and two others injured after an oil rig fire this morning. The family of 34-year-old Frank Richard is now planning a funeral. The fire happened in Cameron Parish off the coast of Grand Chenier. All three men were found about one mile west of the... 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 »
  • 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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