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Senate Opposition to Levee Board Lawsuits Gets Makeover



A new bill that would dismantle controversial levee board lawsuits passed a state senate committee Thursday after heated testimony.


Sen. Landrieu's New Ad Breathes Energy Into Campaign (VIDEO)


Healthcare has been a central focus of Rep. Bill Cassidy’s Senate fight, but incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu is steering her campaign towards oil and gas in her new ad. Landrieu released the latest commercial today. The one-minute video shows news clips of Landrieu on various TV screens, each scene depicting Landrieu as an advocate for oil and gas jobs.   


Blackout Forces Shut-In on Oil-and-Gas Boat


A power outage forced work to stop at an offshore oil-and-gas facility in the Gulf of Mexico Friday. According to the feds, power went out on the 530-foot production boat at about 1:45 p.m. on the the Helix Producer 1, which is currently located about 100 miles southwest of Houma.


Fixes Eyed on Oil and Gas Legacy Lawsuits, Offshore Lease Payments


The billboards are all about Obamacare these days, but Louisiana pols aren't turning their attention from oil and gas issues, or the money that surrounds the industry. This week, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a deal on long-term lawsuits between companies and landowners. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continued her push to get more money for the state from offshore drilling activity in the Gulf.


Green Army's First March

Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré Leads Enivro Group Aiming to Influence Legislature



Retired Lieutenant General Russell Honoré got famous after Katrina for restoring a semblance of order to the streets of New Orleans.  Mayor C. Ray Nagin called him “one John Wayne dude,” and he was branded “the Ragin’ Cajun” for his bravado.


Slick Day

New Report Details Flooding, Leaks at Gulf Coast Plants During Hurricane Isaac



As the threat of hurricanes peaks for coastal folks, environmental watchdogs are pushing big oil to board up their windows and double up on batteries.


Natural Gas Update: Rig Blowout Causes Fire in the Gulf (VIDEO)


Updated 11:40 a.m.

A fire ignited Tuesday night at a natural gas drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico that had suffered a blowout earlier in the day. About 10:50 p.m., the natural gas that is leaking from the Hercules 265 drilling rig began to burn, setting off a blaze that spread to the rig, and continued to burn on Wednesday morning.


Oil Spill off Plaquemines Parish Under Control


The abandoned oil well off Plaquemines Parish that began leaking after being hit by a boat last week has been brought under control. Well owners Swift Energy said the flow of oil was stanched just after 3 p.m. Thursday. Wild Well Control brought the well under control after a barge carrying specialized equipment arrived. The well was shut down by Houston-based Swift Energy in 2007.


Oil Spill Cleanup Underway off Plaquemines Parish


Oil that is leaking from an abandoned wellhead off the coast of Plaquemines Parish is flowing at a rate of about 20 barrels - or 840 gallons - of oil per day, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Wellhead owner Swift Energy deployed a barge to shut in the well, but have yet to stop the flow. Well control operations are expected to begin Thursday morning.


Filipino Guest Workers Killed, Injured in Gulf Oil Platform Fire


The workers who were missing and injured in the Friday morning fire at a Gulf oil production platform near Grand Isle were among a large contingent guest workers from the Phillipines who were recruited to move to the U.S. to work offshore, authorities said. DNR Offshore, a firm that provides crews for oil service work, said the body of Elloy Corporal, 42, was recovered early Sunday morning at 1 a.m. A search is still on for Jerome Malagapo.


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