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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Months of Contention Over the Deployment of Equipment to Cleanup Oil

    August 13, 2010 3:50 PM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal and coastal Louisiana officials say they're moving toward an agreement that could end months of contention with federal authorities over the deployment of equipment to cleanup oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Friday's announcement came after Jindal and other parish leaders met in... more »
  • LA Company Pleaded Guilty to Discharging Waste Oil

    July 30, 2010 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department says a Louisiana company has pleaded guilty to discharging waste oil from one of its vessels on the high seas. Offshore Vessels LLC entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. Federal prosecutors say the company admitted that crew members... more »
  • BP Reduced The Number Of Boats Skimming For Oil

    July 21, 2010 11:11 AM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - BP says it has reduced the number of boats skimming for oil in the Gulf of Mexico by more than a quarter. The move comes after BP stopped oil from barreling into the Gulf of Mexico last week. It has some worried the oil giant... 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 »
  • 6 Meetings Scheduled to Address Waterfowl Hunters on The Effect of Oil

    July 16, 2010 7:17 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a series of six meetings to address the concerns of waterfowl hunters about the effect of oil in coastal marshes and the upcoming hunting season. At the public meetings planned between July 26 and Aug. 3, LDWF will convey current... more »
  • BP Says It Has Started To Slowly Dial Down The Gush Of Oil

    July 15, 2010 3:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it has started to slowly dial down the gush of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The step will take several hours and if it works, BP believes no oil will be leaking into the water for the first time since the crisis began... more »
  • Giant Oil Skimmer Has Collected 6.3 Million Gallons Of Oily Water

    July 13, 2010 5:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A giant Taiwanese oil skimmer has collected 6.3 million gallons of oily water from the Gulf of Mexico as tests continue to prove its worth in the cleanup effort. Bob Grantham, a spokesman for TMT Offshore Group, which owns the "A Whale" vessel, said Tuesday the... more »
  • Smallest Victims Biggest Challenge In Rescuing Birds From Oil

    July 12, 2010 1:13 PM

    FORT JACKSON, La. (AP) - The smallest victims are the biggest challenge for crews rescuing birds fouled with oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill. There's no way to know how many chicks have been killed by the oil, or starved because their parents were rescued or died struggling in... more »
  • Kevin Costner Battling Oil

    July 8, 2010 4:21 PM

    PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - Kevin Costner added a bit of Hollywood glitz, but it was the bright orange barge full of equipment counted on to help in the battle against the oil in the Gulf of Mexico that was the real star. The Ella G, once an offshore supply... more »
  • Jimmy Buffett Is Just Another Mad Gulf Coast Native

    July 6, 2010 4:17 PM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Singer Jimmy Buffett is just another mad Gulf Coast native when it comes to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but with an exception: He's got millions of fans and a way to help lift spirits over the seemingly endless crisis. Buffett and his Coral Reefer... more »
  • Some Alabama Communities Canceling Fireworks Due To Oil

    July 2, 2010 4:06 PM

    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - Fireworks displays have been canceled. White-sand beaches that should be crowded with sunbathers are instead dotted with cleanup workers, booms and sand-sifting equipment. Normally packed hotels are trying to fill rooms ahead of what is a crucial weekend for beach businesses. Across the oil-stained Gulf... more »
  • 162 Health Complaints Believed To Be Linked To Oil

    June 28, 2010 6:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says 162 people - including 128 cleanup workers - have reported health complaints they believe were caused by exposure to oil spill pollutants since April 20. It says the most common symptoms are headache, nausea and throat irritation, and some... more »
  • BP forced to removes cap that was containing oil

    June 23, 2010 12:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says BP has been forced to remove a cap that was containing some of the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says an underwater robot bumped into the venting system. That sent gas rising through vent that... more »
  • Possible New Way To Capture Oil

    June 22, 2010 1:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Government and industry leaders are exploring a new way to capture oil gushing from the blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday they're looking into whether pipelines could be extended from the leaking well to several... more »
  • Oil response crews using shop vacuums to suck oil

    June 16, 2010 5:26 PM

    BAY JIMMY, La. (AP) - Oil response crews in coastal Plaquemines Parish are getting creative in trying to clean up the marshes, using shop vacuums to suck oil into 55-gallon drums. Disaster Recovery Corp. workers Jessie Shafeer and Rick Soto, paid by BP and working under the direction of parish... more »
  • BP began burning oil

    June 16, 2010 11:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP began burning oil siphoned from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday as part of its plans to more than triple the amount of crude it can stop from reaching the sea, the company said. BP PLC said oil and gas siphoned... more »
  • BP has increased its efforts to contain the oil

    June 14, 2010 1:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says BP has increased its efforts to contain the oil gushing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico. Rear Adm. James Watson, who is the federal on-scene coordinator, said in a statement Monday that the government will continue to hold BP... more »
  • BP Agreed To Expedite Payment Claims To Businesses Disrupted By Oil

    June 10, 2010 11:56 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says BP has agreed to expedite the payment of claims to businesses and individuals whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Tracy Wareing (WEHR'-ing), who is with the National Incident Command office, told reporters in Washington that the understanding... more »
  • A Dive Into The Oil

    June 9, 2010 2:32 PM

    IN THE MURKY DEPTHS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - I jump off the boat into the thickest, reddest patch of oil I've ever seen. I open my eyes and realize my mask is already smeared. I can't see anything and we're just five seconds into the dive. Dropping... more »
  • Oil. How dangerous is it?

    June 3, 2010 4:24 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) - Oil has now washed up on the beaches of three Gulf states. How dangerous is it? Not very. At least that's what health experts say when it comes to encounters with small amounts of oil by beachgoers. Government doctors say that if oil gets on bare skin,... more »
  • After 2 Days Tube Collected 256,200 Gallons of Oil

    May 25, 2010 11:08 AM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - BP says it siphoned more oil with a mile-long tube after two days of falling totals from a leaking seafloor well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP PLC spokesman John Curry told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the tube collected some 256,200 gallons of oil... more »
  • Tube Getting Over One Fifth of Gushing Oil

    May 17, 2010 7:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles says a mile-long tube has been collecting more than one-fifth of the oil that's spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from a blown-out well. Speaking Monday on NBC's "Today" show, Suttles said the tube has been siphoning more than 1,000... more »
  • Oily Debris Has Washed Up On Raccoon Island

    May 13, 2010 5:13 PM

    RACCOON ISLAND, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials say oily debris has washed up on Raccoon Island. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries describes the island as one of the coast's most important waterbird nesting areas. It's just west of Whiskey Island, where authorities said Wednesday that oil had been... more »
  • Diversion Project Opened To Full Capacity to Keep Out Oil

    May 10, 2010 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana and parish officials are getting almost all the fresh water they can into southeastern wetlands to try to keep out oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill. Chris Macaluso of the state Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration says the Davis Pond diversion... more »
  • First Bird Found Coated with Oil

    April 30, 2010 3:50 PM

    FORT JACKSON, La. (AP) - Rescue crews are cleaning the first bird found coated with oil that's been spewing from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Quantcast Workers with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, which is based in Delaware, are using Dawn blue dishwashing soap to scrub... more »
  • Coast Guard Says Crews May Set Fires to Burn Off Oil

    April 27, 2010 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says crews may set fires to burn off oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from a wrecked offshore drilling platform. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry says the burn would be done far offshore and could happen as soon as Wednesday. She... more »
  • St. Landry Crime Stoppers: Ortego Oil

    November 18, 2009 10:32 AM

    This week St. Landry Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a burglary that happened in Opelousas, La. Sometime between 5:45 PM on November 11th and 6:40 AM on November 12th, someone went 125 Country Lane, Opelousas, and burglarized Ortego Oil. Entry was gained by someone throwing a large concrete... more »

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