Posts Tagged ‘gulf of mexico’

Forescasters trim number of expected hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast today, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. The forecast calls for three to five of those hurricanes to […] [...]

Judge rules BP must pay oil spill settlement administrator

NEW ORLEANS — A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled that BP is obligated to fund the settlement program’s third-quarter budget even though […] [...]

Relief well underway on blown Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Workers have started drilling a relief well to permanently seal a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last month off the coast of Louisiana, federal regulators said today. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the drilling began yesterday and is expected to take about 35 […] [...]

BP claims it’s found more fraud in oil spill settlement program

NEW ORLEANS — BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing today, BP renewed its request for a […] [...]

Gulf gas well blowout could spark changes in drilling regulations

GULF OF MEXICO — Last week’s blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators’ focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract to Walter Gas & Oil, spewed gas July 23 that eventually ignited. […] [...]

Drilling to begin on relief well at site of Gulf blowout

GULF OF MEXICO — Crews are expected to begin drilling a relief well Thursday at the site of a gas well that blew wild July 23 off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the Rowan EXL-3 rig has been moved […] [...]

Governors announce partnership to research oil sands

MOBILE — The governors of Mississippi and Alabama said Saturday their two states will partner to study oil sands resources. Oil sands are a sandy mixture found below the surface containing bitumen. After extracting the sand, the bitumen can be transformed into crude oil that can be refined. Gov. Phil Bryant and Alabama Gov. Robert […] [...]

Researchers sampling water around blown out Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. Joseph Montoya, a biology professor with Georgia Tech, was performing tests aboard a vessel near the site of the 2010 BP oil spill when […] [...]

Fire at leaking Gulf gas well extinguished; officials mulling next steps

GULF OF MEXICO — Officials say the fire is out at a natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico that blew wild earlier in the week. Natural gas stopped flowing from the well earlier today, and the remaining fire had been fueled by residual gas. Authorities believe the flowing gas became blocked by sand […] [...]

Sediment plugs leak in burning Gulf natural gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal regulators say natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe. In a news release today, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the well “bridged over.” That means sand […] [...]

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