Gulf of Mexico en Dead Zone Forecast: Will Remain 'Average' Size In 2014 <p>Researchers are expecting the low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms every year in the Gulf of Mexico to remain about the same size.</p><p>The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium forecast calls for the dead zone to be about 5,700 square miles.</p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the dead zone could be smaller — possibly as low as 4,600 square miles this summer.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:26:47 +0000 Eileen Fleming 63203 at Gas Leak Capped On Blown-Out Offshore Rig <p>Natural gas is no longer escaping from a blown-out oil rig off the Louisiana coast. Only a small flame is burning off residual gas in the pipeline. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 40295 at Gas Well On Fire After Blowout In Gulf Of Mexico A natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana was on fire Wednesday, one day after a blowout forced 44 workers to evacuate. There were no injuries reported.<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says</a> the mishap at Well A-3 below a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig," about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, was first reported around 9:45 a.m. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:18:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 40223 at Natural Gas Well Leaking In Gulf <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Coast Guard says natural gas is leaking from a well at a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon,&nbsp;<font color="red">La</font>.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:55:49 +0000 JANET McCONNAUGHEY | The Associated Press 39185 at Shrimp Trawling Comes With Big Risks Think your job is bad? Quit whining, unless you're a shrimper in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>Commercial fishermen have the <a href="">highest rate of on-the-job fatalities</a> of any occupation in the country — 116 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2010. A majority of the deaths happen when a fishing vessel sinks. About a third occur when someone goes overboard.<p>But 10 percent of the more than 500 deaths of commercial fishermen between 2000 and 2009 involved entanglement with machinery on deck, according to government figures. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:44:00 +0000 editor 30787 at Gulf of Mexico Well Evacuated Due to Uncontrolled Gas Flow <p><em><strong>This article has been updated.</strong></em></p><p>A natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico, located approximately 50 miles east of Venice, is releasing gas uncontrolled and has been partially evacuated, according to the well's operator and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">a report today in Fuel Fix</a>, an energy news website operated in part by the Houston Chronicle.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:49:56 +0000 Jason Saul 29380 at Coast Guard Says Gulf Oil Platform Fire Extinguished <p>The fire that broke out on a Gulf of Mexico oil platform this morning after an explosion has been extinguished, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.</p><p>The fire was put out at approximately 11:30 a.m.</p><p>Eleven people have been airlifted from the scene — four to West Jefferson Medical Center with serious injuries, including second- and third-degree burns.</p><p>Two people jumped into the water at the time of the explosion and are still missing.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:03:15 +0000 Jason Saul 23526 at Coast Guard Investigating Oil Platform Fire <p>The Coast Guard is investigating an oil platform that caught fire 35 miles off the Louisiana coast. Three people on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico have been safely evacuated. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 20762 at Two men rescued from Gulf plane crash <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Coast Guard has rescued two men who were aboard an airplane that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:41:07 +0000 The Associated Press 20472 at Production starts at ultra-deep Gulf oil field <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Petrobras USA says production has begun at its Chinook oil field in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 18:45:19 +0000 The Associated Press 20029 at