Posts Tagged ‘gulf of mexico’

Oceana: Labeling of shrimp leaves consumers guessing

GULF OF MEXICO — Consumers around the nation can’t be sure what kind of shrimp they’re buying if they simply look at the label or menu at supermarkets, grocers and restaurants, an advocacy group says. Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various […] [...]

New Gulf surveying/scientific vessel called Blake commissioned

GULFPORT — David Evans and Associates Inc.’s Marine Services Division has commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) broke a champagne bottle across the Blake’s bow. In addition to remarks by the senator, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, […] [...]

BP oil spill leaves Rhode Island-sized ring on bottom of Gulf floor

GULF OF MEXICO — The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of […] [...]

Gulf oil and gas leases to go up for sale in March

GULF OF MEXICO — Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Friday. The sale will include approximately 7,611 blocks, covering 40.5 million […] [...]

Bryant hires ex-MDEQ leader Fisher as consultant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has hired the former director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as a consultant. The contract with Trudy Fisher, dated Sept. 5, says she will advise the governor on energy policy, environmental and restoration policy and provide support in court cases. The agreement is good for six months and […] [...]

Treasury okays rule for dividing oil spill recovery trust funds

GULF COAST — The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill. A department statement says that, so far, the trust fund has […] [...]

Department of Marine Resources’ boat capsizes; crew safe

GULF OF MEXICO — A vessel owned by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has capsized in the Mississippi Sound. Two department employees yesterday were bringing oysters from Pascagoula to Biloxi on The Conservationist, a 65-foot-vessel, when it capsized three miles south of Graveline Bayou. Both employees were wearing life jackets and are safe. Jamie […] [...]

Judge: Businesses shouldn’t repay oil spill settlement money

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP must stand by the agreement made with the companies it compensated for losses after the 2010 Gulf oil spill despite the oil giant saying some claims were overestimated. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled nearly 800 businesses to overestimate their spill-related claims. One […] [...]

MDOT: Work on I-269 is on schedule, several phases at halfway point

NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department says construction continues on schedule for the I-269 project in North Mississippi. All phases of the project are under construction with several more than halfway complete. Contractors continue earthwork and bridge construction, while paving operations on one section of the project, from SR 302 to the Tennessee state line […] [...]

BP possibly facing another $18B in fines after Barbier’s oil spill ruling

NEW ORLEANS — BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation’s worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled yesterday that the company acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier concluded that the London-based oil giant showed a […] [...]

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