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  • BP official appeals medical exam order

    December 5, 2012 12:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A BP PLC employee has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that he must submit to a medical exam to determine whether he is fit to be questioned under oath in civil litigation spawned by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. A three-judge panel... 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 »
  • Company Expands Search for Missing Worker

    November 18, 2012 10:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of an oil platform that caught fire after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last week said Sunday that it has expanded its search for a missing worker, and doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is... more »
  • UPDATE: Body Found is Missing Worker from Platform Fire

    November 18, 2012 12:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Divers hired by the owner of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that caught fire recovered a body in the waters near the site Saturday evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and the rig's owner. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said late Saturday... more »
  • US Coast Guard: Divers Found Body Near Platform

    November 17, 2012 11:07 PM

    The US Coast Guard confirmed to KATC that an unidentified body has been found in the water near the oil platform that caught fire Friday morning. A Coast Guard spokesperson says divers contracted by Black Elk Energy discovered human remains while inspecting the platform structure Saturday evening. The Coast Guard... more »
  • Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Missing Workers After Platform Fire

    November 17, 2012 10:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after an explosion and fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico a day earlier. Four others workers were badly burned in the blaze, which evoked memories of the deadly... more »
  • Scientists: Fish are sick where BP's oil spill hit

    April 19, 2012 7:40 AM

    BARATARIA BAY, La. (AP) - Two years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, scientists say they're finding trouble with sick fish that dwell along offshore reefs and in the deep waters - especially in places where the oil spill hit the hardest. The scientists are unsure what's causing... 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 »
  • Artist's Sculptures Displayed in the Oil Center

    March 19, 2012 12:20 AM

    If you're driving through the Oil Center on Coolidge Boulevard you might see some interesting sculptures . For the next six weeks the pieces will be on display and as each of the eleven whimsical sculptures were put in place, artist Joseph Jilbert celebrated. He sold his first... more »
  • BP Begins to Put Spill Behind it with Settlement

    March 3, 2012 1:20 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - BP's settlement deal with thousands of victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill is a major step toward putting the worst oil spill in U.S. history behind it. BP says it will not have to increase the $37.2 billion it has set aside to pay for... 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 »
  • Lafayette Oil Worker Shot & Killed in Venezuela

    February 8, 2012 12:45 AM

    A Lafayette oil worker on the job in Venezuela was killed by a stray bullet last month, his family says. 36 year old Craig Cormier was in Carupano, Venezuela, working for InterMoor Inc. as a vessel coordinator. His wife Edna tells KATC that on the night of January 27,... 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 »
  • Oil dumping investigated in Jefferson Davis Parish

    January 9, 2012 9:27 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the illegal dumping of oil in Jefferson Davis Parish. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says that five 55-gallone drums of used oil and diesel fuel were thrown into a ditch. Two of the drums had been dumped, along with about six buckets... 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 »
  • Oil prices fall on concerns of European economy

    January 6, 2012 11:02 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Oil prices are falling as concerns about Europe outweigh positive U.S. employment numbers. Benchmark crude fell 51 cents to $101.30 per barrel in New York. Brent crude lost 37 cents at $112.37 per barrel in London. Oil prices rose earlier after the government reported the U.S.... more »
  • Festival of Light Kicks Off Holiday, Boosts Business

    December 2, 2011 11:33 PM

    Friday night was the 18th annual Festival of Light in Lafayette's Oil Center. While it's always a good way to get in the holiday spirit, it's also a much needed boost for small businesses, looking to jump start holiday shopping. This year's Festival of Light was complete with a... more »
  • Group Threatens to Sue Over Seepage at Well Site

    October 15, 2011 3:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An environmental group is threatening to sue over seepage from a Gulf of Mexico oil well that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but first officials must determine who owns the well. At issue is seepage at the lease site about 11 miles off the... 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 »
  • St. Martin Parish Oil Spill

    August 7, 2011 11:24 PM

    KATC has learned about an oil spill being cleaned up in Saint Martin Parish. About 250 barrels of oil were spilled into the Penatec Canal in the Catahoula area last week. The company responsible, WLE incorporated says they've had about 70 to 80 people working on site every... 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 »
  • Effects of Using Reserved Oil

    June 23, 2011 7:29 PM

    In 1975, President Ford established the oil reserve to be used in times of emergency. Dr. Fathi Boukadi, with University of Louisiana's Petroleum Engineering Department believes the president's decision to used reserved oil is a waste of resources. "Reserves should not be touched. We should not touch any reserves... more »
  • Crowley Oil Spill Update

    June 18, 2011 11:11 PM

    An update on that oil spill in Crowley we told you about last month. According to the Department of Environmental Quality, some eight thousand gallons of oil have been picked up since a leak at an oil storage tank. The D.E.Q also reports that there are no longer... more »
  • US Rig Count Rises by 7 to 1,854; Texas Adds 8

    June 4, 2011 11:09 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by seven this week to 1,854 from a week ago. Baker Hughes Inc., based in Houston, reported Friday that 959 rigs were exploring for oil and 887 for natural gas. Eight were... more »
  • Cleanup Begins on Crowley Oil Spill

    May 30, 2011 8:26 PM

    In Acadia Parish, crews are cleaning up an oil spill in Crowley. The oil started spilling Saturday from a storage tank near the intersection of West Mill Street and South Western Avenue. Oil has already made its way through drainage canals and into Bayou Blanc. Contractors were hired... more »
  • Oil Spill Seeping into Crowley Waterways 10PM

    May 30, 2011 12:02 AM

    In Acadia Parish, crews are working to clean up an oil spill in Crowley. The oil began spilling Saturday from an oil storage tank near the intersection of West Mill Street and South Western Avenue, and that oil has made it's way into nearby Bayou Blanc. "We are... more »
  • Oil Spill Seeping into Crowley Waterways

    May 29, 2011 7:03 PM

    In Acadia Parish, crews are working to cleanup an oil spill in Crowley. The oil began spilling yesterday from an oil storage tank near the intersection of Standard Mill Road and Highway 13. That oil has made it's way through drainage canals and into nearby Bayou Blanc. Area... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Oil & Gas Industry HSE Meeting

    March 17, 2011 10:44 AM

    Event Name - Oil & Gas Industry HSE Meeting Organization - STEPS (Service Transmission Exploration Production Safety Network) Event Place - Lite Center Event Date - March 24th Event Time - 7:30am Special Notes - The meeting will be held at the Lite Center located... 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 »
  • Boustany Blasts Call to Tap Strategic Oil Reserves Pushes for More American Energy Production

    March 9, 2011 2:06 PM

    US Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-Southwest Louisiana) today condemned suggestions to tap into the strategic oil reserves as a temporary and short-sighted solution to the rising price of oil. He advocated for the hard working men and women of Louisiana, whose livelihoods have been in jeopardy since the Obama Administration... more »
  • Casino workers may get oil spill funds

    March 4, 2011 8:08 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The group charged with administrating BP's $20 billion Gulf oil spill fund says it will start processing claims from casino workers next week. Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who oversees the fund, said Friday through a spokeswoman that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will begin processing... 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 »
  • 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 12, 2011 10:17 AM

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • New Crude Disaster Relief Program

    February 7, 2011 8:21 PM

    Daniel Edgar is the owner of St.Mary Seafood. He says since the oil spill, business has been slow. "It was chaos, so many of our customers were looking for a new market because they didn't think Louisiana seafood would be any good," said Edgar. Stan McGee with Acadiana Regional Development... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • A Push for Tougher Offshore Drilling Regulations

    January 12, 2011 7:00 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats in Congress are pledging to push for tougher regulation of offshore drilling and to make oil companies more financially responsible for spills. A recent report from a presidential panel provides an opening for Democrats to rekindle legislative efforts that failed after last year's oil spill.
  • Panel Concludes More Reform Needed to Ensure Oil Industry Safety

    January 11, 2011 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The oil industry, Congress and the Obama administration need to do more to reduce the changes of another large-scale oil spil, a presidential panel investigating the BP well blowout concluded Tuesday. The seven-member panel unanimously endorsed 15 separate recommendations in the wake of the largest offshore oil... 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 »
  • Rig owner refuses to honor oil spill subpoenas

    December 29, 2010 8:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is refusing to honor subpoenas from a federal board that has challenged the company's involvement in monitoring the testing of a key piece of equipment that failed to stop the oil spill disaster. Transocean... more »
  • Lawyers to Staff Oil Spill Claims Offices

    December 28, 2010 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The group administering BP's compensation fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill has hired several law firms and a claims administration company to help people applying for shares of the $20 billion fund. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility announced Tuesday that the lawyers will be... more »
  • Governor Jindal, CCA & Shell Announce New Partnership to Benefit Louisianas Coast

    December 14, 2010 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and Shell Oil Company to announce a new public-private partnership - between the recreational angling community, private businesses and the state - to assist in CCA's ongoing Building Conservation Habitat Program. Shell has committed 1.5 million dollars... more »
  • 7 Accused of Oil Spill Damage Fraud

    December 11, 2010 10:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities say seven people have now been indicted for allegedly filing fraudulent damage claims for money following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The charges involve two in Texas and North Carolina, four charged in Alabama, Michigan and Mississippi, and one in... more »
  • BP Claims Fund to Offer Additional Payment

    December 11, 2010 10:49 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - The administrator of the $20 billion BP PLC fund doling out money to Gulf oil spill victims says the program will be offering claimants an additional payment. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which took over the process from BP this summer, would not provide further... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Spill panel: No evidence of saving $ over safety

    November 8, 2010 10:22 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The BP oil rig explosion and spill wasn't about anyone purposely trading money for safety, investigators on a special presidential commission said Monday. Instead it was more about seemingly acceptable risks adding up to disaster. Investigators at the commission's hearing outlined more than a dozen decisions that... more »
  • BP Funding Millions for Oil Spill Recovery

    November 1, 2010 12:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is announcing millions of dollars worth of commitments from BP to help the state recover from the Gulf oil spill and protect the eroding coast. The governor, at a news conference Monday, said BP has agreed to pay $48 million for Louisiana seafood... more »
  • EPA names director for Oil Spill Restoration Panel

    October 26, 2010 10:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Florida native and consultant on environmental and land issues has been given the job of executive director for a panel set up to handle ecosystem restoration from the BP oil spill. John Hankinson Jr. will handle the daily affairs of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration... more »
  • Coast Guard Checks on Discolored Water Near La.

    October 23, 2010 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says an area of discolored water near a Mississippi River pass south of New Orleans appears to be an algae bloom, but another spot 10 miles away could be oil. Spokesman Jeff Hall says tests could determine if the suspected oil is from... more »
  • Feds: First request in for drilling after BP spill

    October 22, 2010 6:01 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - An unspecified company has filed the first request to drill for oil and gas in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico since exploration there was temporarily halted after the massive BP oil spill. The application, announced Friday by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, was... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Birds Along LA's Shores Doing Surprisingly Well After Oil Spill

    October 13, 2010 5:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Audubon Society says it has surveyed bird populations along Louisiana's oil-tainted shores and found them doing surprisingly well nearly six months after the BP oil spill. But the bird society also cautioned that oil continues to ooze out of the ground in many... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Studying Whether Oil Spill Affected Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

    October 11, 2010 2:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Marine Fisheries Service will study whether the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has depleted the population of Atlantic bluefin tuna to the point that the food fish should be placed on the endangered species list. The fisheries service will make a recommendation by... more »
  • Oil spill response at issue in La.'s Senate race

    October 7, 2010 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The latest point of attack from Democratic candidate Charlie Melancon in Louisiana's Senate race charges Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter with trying to protect companies like BP from financial liability in a massive oil spill. Melancon's campaign launched a statewide TV ad this week saying... more »
  • White House Says it Didn't Withhold Oil Spill Info

    October 7, 2010 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is pushing back against accusations that the administration blocked government scientists from telling the public just how bad the BP oil spill could become. Press secretary Robert Gibbs says the White House never tried to withhold "the most accurate and timely information" on the... more »
  • Oil Prices Rose Wednesday

    October 6, 2010 12:28 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) -Oil prices rose Wednesday as the dollar continued to weaken and stocks held their ground after Tuesday's big rally. Benchmark crude rose $1.07 to $83.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It gained $1.35 to settle at $82.82 on Tuesday. Gasoline pump prices climbed... more »
  • Salvage Executive Claims BP Interfered With Critical Efforts to Stop Oil

    October 4, 2010 4:20 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - An executive at a salvage firm says BP interfered with critical efforts to lower an undersea robot to try to close the device that failed to stop the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Doug Martin, president of Smit Salvage Americas, says the oil giant was... more »
  • Geographic Proximity no Longer Plays a Role in Oil Spill Claims

    October 4, 2010 12:09 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - The administrator of the fund doling out money to Gulf of Mexico oil spill victims says geographic proximity to oil-impacted areas will no longer play a role in whether people and businesses are compensated. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing the Gulf Coast Claims Facility,... more »
  • Allen Says Nation Needs to Change Law to Better Handle Oil Spills

    September 30, 2010 3:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the nation needs to change the law to better handle major oil spills in the future. Allen spoke Thursday in New Orleans, one day before the end of his mission overseeing the response to the BP PLC oil spill.... more »
  • Oil Prices Rose Wednesday

    September 29, 2010 3:42 PM

    Oil prices rose Wednesday after the government reported inventories fell last week, though supplies remained well above the five-year average. Benchmark crude for November delivery gained $1.20 to settle at $77.86 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Meanwhile, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline didn't... more »
  • Researchers High in Demand Due to BP Oil Spill

    September 29, 2010 3:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Once a backwater in the world of oceanographic research, the Gulf of Mexico has suddenly become the site of a scientific gold rush, all because of the BP oil spill. The environmental disaster represents a once-in-a-generation research opportunity that has oceanographers salivating. There's big money -... more »
  • BP Working to Estimate Amount of Oil Spewed From Well

    September 24, 2010 5:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil giant BP is working behind the scenes to formulate its own estimate for how much crude spewed from its well in the Gulf of Mexico, as it prepares for a potential legal fight with the U.S. government over fines. The company has carefully avoided accepting... more »
  • Accurately Estimating How Much Oil Spilled

    September 23, 2010 3:01 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - After several missteps, the federal government finally got it right, accurately estimating how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, an independent scientific study found. Nearly 185 million gallons of oil spilled from the broken BP well into the Gulf of Mexico this summer, according to... more »
  • Birds released on Island Cleaned of Oil

    September 23, 2010 10:01 AM

    RACCOON ISLAND, La. - Two months after hundreds of oiled pelicans were discovered on Raccoon Island, brown pelicans cleaned of oil have been released on the island - also cleaned of oil. The release of four brown pelicans and another 11 birds onto Raccoon Island on Tuesday was the first... more »
  • Experts Craft Study of BP Oil Spill Health Effects

    September 22, 2010 11:45 AM

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Doctors, scientists and public health experts began sketching the outlines Wednesday of a large-scale study of the health effects of the BP oil spill on cleanup workers and the public, hoping to include thousands of people in a review funded by BP. The federal Department of... 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 »
  • Continued Concern About Long-Term Oil Cleanup Efforts

    September 21, 2010 3:33 PM

    BAY JIMMY, La. (AP) - Cleanup crews on fishing boats outfitted with giant vacuum devices sucked up pools of oil from the blackened edge of a small Louisiana barrier island Tuesday as the head of the federal oil spill response looked on. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft toured coastal... more »
  • Oil Fears Bring Tourism Down

    September 16, 2010 1:50 PM

    Fears of polluted water and oily seafood are spreading, so Louisiana tourism is dwindling. It is the second largest industry in state, so Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle is asking for an additional 75 million dollars from BP to help. State and local agencies are combating the rumors and... 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 »
  • UL Petroleum Engineers Win Big

    September 14, 2010 2:53 PM

    A group of UL engineering students are off to Italy to accept an international award for the second time. The UL Student Chapter of the Society for Petroleum Engineers won the 2010 Outstanding Student Chapter in North America. They also won the award in 2008. Two dozen... 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 »
  • Researchers Say Oil On Sea Floor Believed To Be From BP

    September 13, 2010 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Researchers say they've found patches of oil believed to be from the BP leak on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor. Some of these are two inches thick. University of Georgia researcher Samantha Joye (JOY) says she and her colleagues have found oil as much as... more »
  • BP avoiding hunter's crosshairs

    September 7, 2010 7:34 PM

    BP's clean-up crews want hunters to know they'll be in the wetlands and to watch where they aim. This weekend kicks-off teal season and BP is taking steps to protect their workers and the shoreline itself. First, crews are going to be held-back until nine in the morning- giving hunters... more »
  • Oil Gobbling Microbes Not Causing "Dead Zones"

    September 7, 2010 2:04 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A new federal report says microbes that are gobbling up oil from the BP spill haven't caused problems with oxygen loss in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal officials say some underwater oxygen levels have fallen by 20 percent, but the levels aren't low enough to create 'dead... 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 »
  • BP invests in Shrimp and Petroleum Fest

    September 4, 2010 8:59 PM

    It's the 75th year for Morgan City's Shrimp and Petroleum Festival but it's been a tough year for both industries. The crisis in the Gulf spurred a rough shrimping season and a drilling moratorium but the cash is flowing at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and BP is one of... more »
  • Coast Guard: Sheen not likely from active oil leak

    September 3, 2010 9:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A day after a fire on an offshore oil platform off the central Louisiana coast, federal investigators went aboard to make sure no oil is leaking from the site. The Coast Guard said Friday that no oil is believed to be leaking from the platform, which... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Platform Worker's Family Shares Their Story

    September 2, 2010 7:28 PM

    Two men from Geuydan were on the platform that caught on fire today--Joseph Breaux and Dewey Dupree. "My daddy's my life. It's always been all three of us--my mom and him," Amanda Dupree explained. She tells KATC that today she feared for her dad, Dewey Dupree's, life after... more »
  • Coast Guard Backing Off Its Earlier Report of Oil Sheen Spreading

    September 2, 2010 5:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard is backing off its earlier report that an oil sheen about a mile long was spreading following a platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said Thursday afternoon that crews was unable to confirm the oil sheen.... more »
  • New Photos From Oil Platform Explosion

    September 2, 2010 2:39 PM

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  • Mile-Long Oil Sheen Spreading From Site of Platform

    September 2, 2010 2:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site off an offshore petroleum platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. The site of the explosion is west of where BP's massive spill occurred. The Coast Guard... more »
  • Governor's Press Conference LIVE on KATC at 12:30

    September 2, 2010 1:01 PM

    We'll be taking Governor Bobby Jindal live from Baton Rouge at 12:30 pm. Stay tuned to KATC, Channel 3.
  • 11:45 Update on Oil Platform Explosion

    September 2, 2010 12:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - An offshore petroleum platform exploded and was burning Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay. The Coast Guard says no one was killed in the explosion, which was reported by a commercial helicopter flying over the site around 9... more »

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