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BP turns to Technip for ultra-deepwater project expansion

Technip has been selected by BP to continue the development of its Thunder Horse ultra-deepwater project. Technip isn’t new to Thunder Horse. In fact, the company has been a crucial part of the project’s development for more than a decade. Deanna Goodwin, president of the company’s North America branch, said in a press release, “This award follows Technip’s execution of ...

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Louisiana’s coastal restoration to receive $10 million in federal funds

Louisiana legislatures in Washington have been championing the cause of coastal restoration for their state, and they’re starting to make some headway. Representatives Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond are just steps away from securing $10 million in federal funding for coastal restoration projects in Louisiana, according to WWLTV. As one of the major funding bills in Congress, according to Scalise, ...

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

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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Couple pleads to making false claim after Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A couple arrested in February for filing false public records connected to the BP oil spill has pleaded guilty in state court to recreational fishing license fraud. Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier sentenced 60-year-old Derwin Hill and 60-year-old Diana Hill to each pay a $1,500 fine and serve two years of probation. A two-year jail sentence for each was ...

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Judge rejects request to delay in oil spill penalties

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is refusing to delay a pending ruling on how much BP will have to pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The request was made Monday by Texas lawyer Brent Coon, who represents plaintiffs with various claims against BP resulting from the spill. Coon had asked for ...

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Delfin LNG proposes nation’s first offshore LNG facility

There have been numerous natural gas liquefaction and export facilities proposed for the Gulf Coast. But what about offshore? Delfin LNG LLC announced Monday that it has submitted applications to the Maritime Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard seeking approval for an offshore liquefaction and export station. The Delfin LNG Project has been proposed for a location roughly 50 miles ...

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Attorney asks for delay in federal penalties against BP

NEW ORLEANS — An attorney for clients with claims against BP in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has asked a federal judge to delay a pending decision on how much the corporation will pay in penalties for environmental damage. Texas lawyer Brent Coon says the judgment on how much the company should pay for violations of the Clean ...

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Port Fourchon to get environmental sensor

PORT FOURCHON, La. — A new environmental observation sensor will be installed at Port Fourchon Wednesday to improve navigation safety and increase efficiency for ships. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration manages the system, which uses oceanographic and meteorological sensors to provide mariners with accurate real-time information about environmental conditions and potential dangers in seaports. Port Fourchon is one of ...

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$850 million Waggaman ammonia plant 75 percent complete

WAGGAMAN, La. — Construction of an ammonia plant in Waggaman is now 75 percent complete. The Advocate reports the $850 million plant is on track to begin operating sometime between July and September of 2016. The plant will use natural gas to make ammonia-based fertilizer. Australian explosives and chemical maker Incitec Pivot Ltd. released the update Monday as part of its ...

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Initial unemployment claims drop in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 2 decreased from the previous week’s total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,498 from the previous week’s total of 2,737. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,273. The four-week moving average, which is ...

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