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Ingalls president concerned about shipyard's future

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon says his company has contracts to keep it business into 2016. The future, he says, has him concerned. “I’m hiring 3,000 people and have a $10 billion backlog that’s pretty healthy,” Edenzon said in a civic club speech this week in Pascagoula. “My business is very good. Where’s it going to be ...

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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. The fire damaged the Hercules ...

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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 to the site, about 55 ...

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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 the Hercules 265 well blew ...

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Blown out Gulf well continues to burn off La. coast

GULF OF MEXICO — An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast continued to burn today after it caught fire following a blowout that prompted the evacuation of 44 workers, authorities said. Meanwhile, officials stressed that yesterday’s blowout wouldn’t be close to as damaging as the 2010 BP oil spill, in which an oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, exploded ...

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Sunken tugboat that shut down river finally raised

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — An arduous, five-day effort to locate and surface a tugboat that rolled and sank in the Mississippi River near Venice, La., over the weekend, interrupting the flow of traffic and commerce, has finally come to an end. Crews pulled the 47-foot-long towing vessel out of the water today. It sank Saturday. The river had been closed, either ...

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UPDATE: 2 missing, none confirmed dead, in Gulf oil rig explosion

The Coast Guard is searching for two people who remain missing from a platform that caught fire 25 miles south of Grand Isle early Friday. Earlier, authorities reported that two people had been killed, but during a news conference in New Orleans, the Coast Guard are no confirmed deaths at this time, NOLA.com, the news website of the New Orleans ...

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BP: Company to drill in deeper water, assess risk

TAMPA, Fla. — BP and the industry will drill in deeper waters and go farther in their search for oil reserves, and must understand the risks so they can mitigate them in the future, a BP executive said Tuesday. Mike Utsler, the chief of BP’s restoration effort along the oil-stained Gulf Coast, also admitted to a standing-room-only crowd at an ...

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Cochran pushing for more Coast Guard funding

WASHINGTON — With the Coast Guard warning that it will soon deplete available resources to address the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting Senate passage of legislation to lift the cap placed on funding to pay for emergency oil spill response activities. The Senate approved legislation to repeal a $100-million limit placed on the funding ...

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