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Feds: Oil leasing in Gulf slows due to oil price drop

NEW ORLEANS — Regulators say only 195 bids were placed on the 41 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico up for new oil and gas leasing off of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That’s the lowest number since 1986 when 129 bids were offered, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. It says the low price of oil accounts ...

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D'Iberville man sentenced for oil spill fraud conspiracy

GULFPORT — A 34-year-old D’Iberville man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden this week also ordered Jason Richard Woodcock to pay $105,383 in restitution to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and $17,092 to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Federal prosecutors say in a ...

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BP to call witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

NEW ORLEANS — It will be oil giant BP’s turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second week of a three-week trial was set to begin in New Orleans. Last week, government experts testified ...

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Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

NEW ORLEANS — The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that 3.19 barrels ...

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Obama administration sued over Gulf of Mexico fracking info

GAINESVILLE — An environmental advocacy group is suing the Obama administration in federal court for refusing to release documents detailing the extent of fracking in the Gulf of Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S District Court in Washington, saying the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has refused to comply with the group’s federal public ...

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USM researchers to study oil, dispersant in Gulf

HATTIESBURG — A research consortia led by the University of Southern Mississippi will use $11 million in funding to study the impact of oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem and public health. The funds came from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The research will be conducted from 2015-17. Eleven other research consortia got money. ...

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Tubular Bells project underway in the Gulf of Mexico

GULF OF MEXICO — The Hess Corporation-operated Tubular Bells deepwater project, located in the Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production, according to Chevron Corporation. The field is located 135 miles (217 km) southeast of New Orleans, in approximately 4,300 feet (1,310 m) of water in the Mississippi Canyon area. The discovery well was drilled in ...

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GoMRI chooses USM for Gulf oil spill research

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  These research investments focus on improving our fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo well blowout, and on developing ...

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Four Seasons Produce finds growing customers across the Gulf Coast

By Tammy Leytham MOSS POINT — Customers who shop at Four Seasons Produce are greeted by colorful rows of tomatoes, oranges, grapes, corn, squash, pears and avocados. The refrigerated aisle holds sliced sweet potatoes, fresh greens and cut rutabagas. There’s a row of nuts — all types — almonds, walnuts, Brazil, peanuts and shelled pecans in plastic bags. John McCollough ...

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