NEW ORLEANS (AP) - This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone," an area of low oxygen that develops every spring and summer, is the fourth-smallest since measurements of the zones began in 1985, a new report says. The zone measured 2,889 square miles, said the report released Friday by the... more »
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 »
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 »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Congress has extended the deadline for tapping into a tax-free hurricane recovery bond program, and two projects already are in line to use up the remaining $301 million. Applications by Georgia-Pacific and a Covington nursing home for the Gulf Opportunity Zone bond program would exceed... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government has set up a security zone around the wreckage site of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which lies on the sea floor about 50 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast after it exploded and sank in April, leading to the massive BP oil... more »
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 »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Researchers mapped a 250-square mile area of low oxygen this summer in Chandeleur Sound and say the dead zone possibly formed after state officials opened a river diversion to keep oil from a damaged BP well from fouling marshes. The report by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin... more »
Some Vermilion Parish homeowners are struggling with a huge financial decision. Thursday afternoon, The Office of Community Development held a meeting in Abbeville to try to resolve a debate between 540 people across Louisiana and State officials.
It all started in 2008, after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, when residents... more »
FORT JACKSON, La. (AP) - A center where birds oiled by the BP spill have been cleaned is being moved about 100 miles inland to Hammond, La. Officials of the oil spill joint command center said the move will put the facility out of the coastal hurricane danger zone. Hammond... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the central zones inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. Monday to let young white shrimp grow to a size worth harvesting. The department says the closing doesn't have any connection to the oil spill -... more »