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Trial opens in 2012 offshore fire, explosion that killed 3

In oil price plunge, North Sea industry faces perfect storm

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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State probing fish kill on water near Black Warrior River

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PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — State officials are investigating after dozens of dead fish were found floating in waters that flow into the Black Warrior River. Al.com reports (bit.ly/28IROkQ) that the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Alabama Department of Environmental Management are investigating the fish kill in the Mulberry Fork of the river, near a coal-fired power plant ...

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Helis Oil & Gas to begin St. Tammany fracking project

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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

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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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Study: Water-sucking industry a factor as New Orleans sinks

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Geologists have long known that New Orleans is slowly sinking — but now, scientists using radar technology say groundwater sucked up by industrial facilities such as a power plant, oil refineries and chemical complexes may be contributing to the problem and could even be undermining levees. This new study is the latest attempt to explain a ...

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