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Trial opens in 2012 offshore fire, explosion that killed 3

A weather vane on an offshore drilling rig operating in the North Sea. (Image: snapper via Flickr)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for what’s expected to be a lengthy and complex trial arising from lawsuits over an offshore oil platform explosion and fire that killed three workers off Louisiana’s coast in November 2012. The case combines nine lawsuits involving the platform’s owner, Black Elk Energy, relatives of the workers killed in the accident, injured ...

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Helis Oil & Gas to begin St. Tammany fracking project

Photo: Marissa Hall/Shale Plays Media

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas is set to begin drilling on an exploratory well for a proposed fracking project near Mandeville. Media outlets report project manager Mike Barham says the company plans to begin moving a 100-foot-tall drilling rig onto the site on June 29. Barham says once the rig is in place, the drilling is expected ...

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2015 Louisiana economy slows as government, services shrink

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New figures show Louisiana’s economy slowed in 2015, but expanding refineries and chemical plants kept growth alive despite low oil prices, a shrinking private service sector and lower government activity. Gross domestic product numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all the economic output of each state. Louisiana’s economy grew ...

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Nearly 4 years later, Assumption sinkhole more stable

Aerial view of the Assumption Parish sinkhole, captured in 2012. (Image: Assumption Parish Police Department)

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) — A massive sinkhole that went viral in 2013 swallowing trees in Assumption Parish and forcing more than 300 residents from their homes has quieted down as officials slowly allow residents to come home. The sinkhole, located in Bayou Corne about 30 miles northwest of Thibodaux, is still growing. Assumption Parish Government officials say it has ...

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$7M in oil spill money taken from attorney general’s office

The entire Texas portion of the Gulf Coast and part of Louisiana's shoreline are visible in this frame. (Image: NASA Johnson via Flickr)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Landry will have to return a $7 million oil spill recovery payment given to his agency, under a bill sent to the governor in the final minutes of the legislative session. Landry tried unsuccessfully to get the language struck from the bill, saying the cut pushed by the Senate could damage his ...

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Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill

This November 2010 photo, taken in the Gulf of Mexico, shows an overview of the Mississippi Canyon 294 coral community that was discovered in November, 2010 to have been damaged during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In the foreground is a large colony of the octocoral Paragorgia, with numerous, smaller, yellow Paramuricea coral colonies with symbiotic brittle stars in the background. The photo was taken via a remote operating vehicle (ROV), at 1390 meters (4500 feet) depth, in the Mississippi Canyon 294 lease block, approximately 10 miles from the site of the former Deepwater Horizon and 130 miles southeast of New Orleans, La. (Lophelia II 2010, NOAA OER, and BOEM, via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico’s gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what’s being called ...

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Feds: Company hasn’t done enough to end slow-motion oil leak

Offshore oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Gulf of Mexico. (Image: Adventures of KM&G-Morris via Flickr - CC2)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Justice Department is urging a federal court to let industry regulators decide if a New Orleans company has done enough to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that could last another century. Taylor Energy Company sued the federal government in January to recover more than $400 million that it set ...

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House approves split of settlement money from BP oil spill

House approves split of settlement money from BP oil spill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday approved a compromise plan for doling out settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill — one that could help stave off cuts in Medicaid this fall. The House-passed bill was a last-minute deal between lawmakers who said the wisest thing to do with the $1 billion settlement was ...

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Regulators relax monitoring of decade-old Gulf oil leak

The Mississippi River Delta and nearby Louisiana coast appear dark in the sunglint. This phenomenon is caused by sunlight reflecting off the water surface, in a mirror-like manner, directly back towards the astronaut observer aboard the International Space Station. (Image: NASA)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal regulators have relaxed a pollution monitoring requirement for a company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a slow-motion spill that could last another century. In 2008, the Coast Guard ordered Taylor Energy Company to conduct daily flights over the site of its leak to visually monitor chronic oil sheens ...

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Some criminal charges dismissed in 2012 platform fire

Some criminal charges dismissed in 2012 platform fire

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out some criminal charges filed against companies and employees following a 2012 oil platform fire that killed three people off Louisiana’s coast. But serious charges remain for some in connection to the fire, which broke out on a platform owned by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC. Criminal charges involving safety ...

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