Posts Tagged ‘accident’

New post-oil spill restoration plan lacks requirements

GULF OF MEXICO — There’s now a draft plan for using fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to restore the Gulf Coast’s natural resources and economy. But the document doesn’t include two items required by federal law: a 10-year allocation plan or a three-year priority list of projects and programs, The Times-Picayune […] [...]

La. officials asking for video of barge striking bridge

VICKSBURG — Louisiana officials have informally asked about video from security cameras at the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge where a barge struck the Mississippi River span on March 23, 2011. Vicksburg Bridge Commission superintendent Herman Smith tells the Vicksburg Post the agency has not been served with a subpoena for the video. The highway […] [...]

Governor unveils Coast projects funded by BP money

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — BP PLC is paying $69 million for interactive exhibits at a Hancock County science center, a concrete pathway on the beach at Pascagoula, up to six miles of shoreline and improvements at a park as part of Mississippi Gulf Coast restoration from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gov. Phil Bryant said. […] [...]

Four injured when SUV crashes through doctor’s office

OCEAN SPRINGS — Four people were taken to the hospital after the driver of an SUV drove through a doctor’s office in Ocean Springs. Office administrator Donna Heitzman tells The Sun Herald at about 9:30 a.m. yesterday a man drove his Jeep Cherokee through the wall of Ocean Springs Internal Medicine. Heitzman says four people, […] [...]

Coast Guard says sunken barge no risk to river traffic

VICKSBURG — Authorities say the barge that sank after hitting a bridge on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg poses no dangers to shipping or the environment. Coast Guard Capt. Bill Drelling said today that the barge is in 80 feet of water so there’s no risk of other barges hitting it. No decision has been […] [...]

River reopens after towboat hits I-20 bridge

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi River re-opened this morning in Vicksburg after barges hit the old U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says that there was enough water covering a barge that sank yesterday to allow other vessels to safely pass through. After the river re-opened at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the coast […] [...]

Barge accident closes river, but flooding bigger worry

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River at Vicksburg after barges hit a railroad bridge there yesterday and about 30 barges broke free from the towboat “Captain Buck Lay.” Nine towboats — six bound upriver and three heading downriver — with a total of 134 barges were waiting to get through yesterday evening, […] [...]

BP to call first witness in oil spill case; first phase should end this month

NEW ORLEANS — BP is scheduled to call its first witness today at a trial designed to determine causes of its April 2010 well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and assign fault to the companies involved in the deadly disaster. Halliburton, BP PLC’s cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling project, rested its case […] [...]

La. oil company appeals judge’s post-explosion ruling

FORREST COUNTY — A Louisiana-based oil company has appealed a judge’s ruling that upheld a new sign and fencing ordinance put in place by Forrest County after fatal 2009 oil tank explosion. The appeal by Delphi Oil Inc. of Baton Rouge, La., is among dozens the Mississippi Supreme Court will consider during its March-April term. […] [...]

BP exec: Management, cost-cutting not explored in oil spill probe

NEW ORLEANS — An internal BP probe of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico didn’t explore whether decisions by upper-level management or cost cuts had a role in causing the disaster because investigators didn’t have access to its partners’ employees and records, a BP executive testified yesterday at a trial designed to […] [...]

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