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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 and sediment collapsed into the ...

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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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Attorneys ask judge to allow oil spill payments to continue

NEW ORLEANS — A team of plaintiffs’ lawyers urged a federal judge on Thursday to reject BP’s bid to suspend all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company’s 2010 oil spill. In a court filing, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC say the company hasn’t provided any evidence ...

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Judge to hear BP's complaint about oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP’s bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company’s 2010 oil spill. Yesterday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer ...

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Company uses 'bridge plug' on Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — A well that seeped natural gas for several days last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently, federal regulators say. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said today that Energy Resource Technology, LLC used a “bridge plug” to isolate the lower part of the well about 75 miles off Louisiana’s ...

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Leaking Gulf well sealed; sheen expected to evaporate

GULF OF MEXICO — A gas well that started leaking several days ago in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast was sealed Friday, but more work must be done to permanently secure the well, federal officials said. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said Energy Resource Technology LLC began sealing the ...

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Fish wash ashore on Coast; agencies blame low oxygen, algae

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A lack of oxygen in the water and algae blooms are the main causes of a fish kill along the Coast, according to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The fish began washing up on the beaches of Harrison and Hancock counties and on Cat Island early ...

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Well spill puts hundreds of gallons of oil in river

WAYNESBORO — Authorities are cleaning up hundreds of gallons of oil that spilled from a well in Wayne County and leaked into the Chickasawhay River. The Clarion-Ledger reports that 945 to 2,362 gallons of oil spilled from a well owned by Logan Oil. The company notified Wayne County officials of the spill on Thursday. Allen Floyd, field director for the Mississippi ...

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Fish and Wildlife awards grant for bat disease study

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $42,248 in federal funds for white-nose syndrome projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the grants will support research and detection of the fatal bat disease, and response to it. States also will use the funds to monitor bat populations. Mississippi is among 28 states receiving grants. Fish and Wildlife officials say the disease ...

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