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Bill will open more of Gulf to energy exploration

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JACKSON — Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are supporting legislation to expand energy exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican lawmakers have joined as sponsors of a bill that will also provide additional revenue for Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., would amend a 2006 law to open parts ...

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Plan OK’d to drill into BP’s ill-fated Macondo reservoir

FILE -  In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NEW ORLEANS — Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation’s largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir, according to federal records reviewed by ...

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Stennis scientists in Mississippi develop app to track seaweed

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By LISA MONTI  Last year beaches along the Gulf and other temperate waters worldwide were inundated with Sargassum, the free-floating tangle of reddish-brown seaweed that causes problems for fishermen, boaters, tourists and residents. In some places, drifts of the smelly seaweed were piled several feet high. So far in 2015, scientists say, there is a large amount of Sargassum in ...

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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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