Posts Tagged ‘gulf of mexico’

BP oil spill still being felt as tar balls wash up on islands

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi environmental authorities say oil debris found this week on state barrier islands is believed to be from the BP’s disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and contractors for the oil giant are involved in the cleanup. Officials believe high winds and seasonal low tides uncovered the material. Mississippi’s […] [...]

Lawmakers believe disaster assistance will help oyster, crab industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) say they are optimistic that $10.9 million in disaster assistance awarded to Mississippi will help the state’s commercial oyster and blue crab industries recover from setbacks caused by flooding in 2011. Cochran, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Wicker, a […] [...]

Gulf gas well spewing; no injuries, pollution reported

GULF OF MEXICO — Crews lost control of a natural gas well being drilled off the Louisiana coast yesterday, but officials said no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says most crew members were evacuated from the rig, […] [...]

Environmentalists turn to court over offshore leasing rules

GULF OF MEXICO — Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound. At a hearing yesterday, the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network asked Hinds County Chancery Court Judge William Singletary to order the Mississippi Development Authority to reconsider […] [...]

Judge to hear objections to BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill. Today, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That’s […] [...]

Callon Petroleum selling Gulf asset for $100M

NATCHEZ — W&T Offshore Inc. plans to buy Callon Petroleum Co.’s shares of Gulf of Mexico oil and gas fields for $100 million. Callon announced the sale Thursday. It’s supposed to close by Nov. 30. Houston-based W&T will buy a 15 percent share of the Medusa field, which produces about 1,000 barrels of oil per […] [...]

DMR opens oyster reefs that were closed due to T.S. Karen

GULF OF MEXICO — Oyster reefs that were closed Oct. 3 due to the threat of Tropical Storm Karen will reopen today, according to officials with the Department of Marine Resources. Those areas include: • Area II “A” – Conditionally Approved Waters — This area includes northern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point […] [...]

Governor declares emergency ahead of Karen; river, reefs closing

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Karen was poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. during what had been a relatively quiet hurricane season. Karen was forecast to lash the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. A hurricane watch was in effect from Grand […] [...]

Former military drones converted to storm research tool

GULF OF MEXICO — NASA scientists are using former military surveillance drones to help them understand more about how tropical storms intensify, which they say could ultimately save lives by improving forecast models that predict a hurricane’s strength. The unmanned Global Hawk aircraft were designed to perform high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance and intelligence missions for the […] [...]

Gabrielle reforms in Atlantic; Humberto expected to be hurricane today

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Gabrielle has re-formed in the Atlantic and is approaching Bermuda. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph with some strengthening forecast over the next two days. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda, where Gabrielle is expected to bring a storm surge of […] [...]

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