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Louisiana oil port, made for import, rents domestic storage

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s offshore oil port, with huge underground storage caverns, was built to handle imported oil but is now leasing space to traders who need to store U.S. crude. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port recently auctioned 11.3 million barrels of monthly storage space and has scheduled another auction Tuesday, The Advocate reportsed. “For us, it’s an innovative ...

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Electric atmosphere at Ark-La-Tex expo proves the value of face time

With oil prices struggling to regain ground after plummeting to record lows in recent months, it’s easy for many companies in the field to feel discouraged. Job losses, budget cuts, marginal profits and drilling cutbacks can all drain the industry. But at the Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo in Shreveport, Louisiana, this week, companies weren’t about to let that stand in the ...

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Mother, daughters sentenced for BP fraud


PANAMA CITY – A mother and her two daughters will have to repay a total of almost $50,000 attained by filing fraudulent BP claims, according to federal court records. Rebecca Louise Vickner and her two daughters, Kimberly Ann Whitman and Miranda Danielle Cobb, each were sentenced to five years of probation Wednesday in the U.S. Federal Court District of Northern ...

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Computer glitch stalls severance tax payments to parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. — Problems with a computer upgrade at the Department of Revenue have delayed millions of dollars in severance tax payments owed to Louisiana’s parishes. Louisiana shares the taxes it collects for oil and gas production from its land and water bottoms with the local parishes. Treasurer John Kennedy said his office hasn’t been able to make quarterly ...

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Jindal moving staff to Iowa for likely White House campaign

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is sending political staff to Iowa for a possible 2016 presidential campaign. Two of Jindal’s top aides, deputy chief of staff Taylor Teepell and legislative affairs director Matt Parker, have resigned from the governor’s office and are moving to the key presidential campaign state. There, they’ll work for Jindal’s new political organization ...

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Judge: Jury can decide Alabama’s Gulf-oil-spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — A judge says Alabama’s Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury. BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bih-aye) in New Orleans ...

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ExxonMobil brings latest deepwater Gulf project online

Exxon Mobil Corp. announced via a press release Monday that it has begun production with Hadrian South, its subsea production system in the Gulf of Mexico. Hadrian South consists of a system of flowlines that run back to the Lucius truss spar operated by Anadarko and is ExxonMobil’s deepest subsea tie-back, placed in an area of the Gulf reaching depths ...

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused lasting damage, report says

WASHINGTON – Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday. The impact is concentrated in the northern Gulf, but ...

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Oil rig worker to take on Chevron over injuries

Chevron will be heading to the courtroom over an accident on one of its Gulf of Mexico rigs last year. The Southeast Texas Record reports that Kennedy Tasker, a Louisiana oil rig worker, has filed a lawsuit against the oil giant for an incident that took place on March 22, 2014. According to the suit filed in Galveston on March ...

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USM marine research vessel arrives in Gulfport

GULFPORT, Miss. — A 135-foot research vessel to help study the effects of the BP oil spill and other marine science issues reached its home port, becoming the University of Southern Mississippi’s newest and largest research vessel. The Point Sur, a $1 million investment, reached the state Port of Gulfport Sunday after a three-week voyage from California. The boat was ...

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