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Nesting season over, oil cleanup ramping up on islands

GULF OF MEXICO — With nesting season ending on the barrier islands, the BP oil disaster cleanup will ramp up starting today. BP spokesman Ray Melick tells the Sun Herald the work hadn’t been completely shut down, but was curtailed to permit sea birds to occupy the islands from April until about mid-August. A Gulf Islands National Seashore official in ...

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Regulators release final set of rules for offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — Government regulators issued a final set of safety rules for offshore drilling yesterday, fine-tuning a series of emergency measures put in place after the BP oil spill in 2010. Oil industry groups reacted tepidly, saying they were still poring over the 137-page rule released by the Interior Department. Some environmental activists, meanwhile, panned it, calling it ...

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Researchers to conduct five-year shellfish study on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — University of New Orleans researchers are getting federal money to study shrimp and crab populations over the 120 miles of coast between Lake Borgne in Louisiana to Mobile Bay in Alabama. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced funding the $1.2 million five-year study of blue crabs, brown shrimp and white shrimp. Researchers will track the ...

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Offshore drilling opponents have say; all eyes on MDA chief

GULF OF MEXICO — Opponents of offshore drilling in Mississippi Sound say state officials didn’t do enough to consult with others or properly consider all possible economic impacts, such as whether drilling would hurt tourism. The superintendent of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and an opponent who wrote an economic study questioning the benefits of drilling were among the witnesses ...

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Oil rig manager sentenced for lying about safety testing

WALNUT GROVE — A 49-year-old Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to two years of probation for lying about testing on a key safety device that allegedly was not working properly. Donald Hudson, of Walnut Grove, pleaded guilty in April to making a false statement in March 2011 ...

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Lawmakers back bill aimed at blocking removal of non-producing oil rigs

GULF OF MEXICO — Under legislation cosponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), coral reef growth and other marine habitats surrounding offshore energy rigs are among the details that must be assessed before the Interior Department forces removal of non-producing platforms from the Gulf of Mexico. The Rigs to Reefs Habitat Protection Act (S.1555) would allow ...

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Oil spill panel: BP missed systemic hazards, lax on overall safety

WASHINGTON — BP focused too much on the little details of personal worker safety instead of the big systemic hazards that led to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and wasn’t as strict on overall safety when drilling rigs involved other companies that they hired, a government safety panel concludes. Eleven workers were killed in the April 2010 explosion ...

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Study: Oil spill's impact could take years to become apparent

GULF OF MEXICO — New research by an Auburn University professor and other scientists suggests that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could have significant impacts on microscopic life that might not become apparent for years. Auburn professor Ken Halanych and scientists from the University of New Hampshire, the University of California Davis Genome Center, and the University of ...

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Supervisors want regional approach to area oil exploration

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — Pike County supervisors are suggesting southwest Mississippi take a regional approach to address the growing oil exploration in the area. Officials believe if the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation proves to be a honey hole for oil and gas companies, then southwest Mississippi could see a boost in business and an influx of oil workers and residents with ...

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First post-spill offshore oil and gas lease auction brings $1.7B

GULF OF MEXICO — The federal government’s first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the same area where the Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010 brought in $1.7 billion in winning bids yesterday, prompting Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar to declare great strides are being made to get drilling back on track in the Gulf of Mexico. Salazar called the sale ...

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