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12:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

River Traffic Halted By Spill

The Mississippi River.
bdearth Flickr

Weekend collision closes section of Mississippi River.

About 65 miles of the Mississippi River in Louisiana remains closed because of an oil spill, meaning shipping near the site is at a standstill.

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Tropical Storm Karen
11:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

More Oil Found On Fourchon Beach

The Coast Guard says more than a ton of oil has been discovered in recent days beneath the sand on Fourchon Beach as a result of Tropical Storm Karen.

Officials suspect the mat of oil had been hidden by sand before being uncovered by the effects of the storm, which lingered along the Gulf Coast a little over a week ago, and was discovered during cleanup efforts that began this weekend.

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7:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Coast Guard Releasing Oil Spill Response Plan

The Coast Guard is hosting a ceremony to launch the Geographic Response Plan.

The Coast Guard is releasing a plan today, devised with state and parish officials, about how best to respond to an oil spill.

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Latest News
7:21 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

New Orleans Police Find Body In Lake Pontchartrain

New Orleans Police have found a body in Lake Pontchartrain near the University of New Orleans campus.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday authorities received reports that a body had been found in the water.

Witnesses told The Times-Picayune that the body was found floating face-up in the water and bystanders were crying as it was pulled out of the water.

Authorities have not identified the body to determine whether it is that of 21-year-old Ksanwy Chavez, who went missing Tuesday after trying to rescue a friend.

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Latest News
2:28 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Coast Guard: Damaged Wellhead Secured

An oil production platform deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
Brian McDonald Shutterstock

The Coast Guard says a wellhead damaged earlier this week off Plaquemines Parish has been secured.

Ensign Tanner Stiehl says Wild Well Control crews secured the well shortly after a specialized barge arrived Thursday in Lake Grande Ecaille Bay, nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur.

The wellhead owned by Houston-based Swift Energy Co. was damaged Tuesday by one of the company's crewboats. Stiehl says skimmer boats have since collected more than 1,200 gallons of oily water. He says 4,880 feet of boom was set out to contain the spill and keep it out of marshes.

Latest News
7:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Coast Guard to Check Backup Power on Crippled Cruise Ship

Next step in Carnival Triumph investigation.

The Coast Guard will be looking into backup power systems on board a cruise ship that was stranded for several days in the Gulf of Mexico before it was towed to Mobile, Alabama. The main investigation will be handled in the Bahamas where the ship is registered.

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Latest News
12:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Man Sentenced In Theft From Coast Guard

A 48-year-old Denham Springs man has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after admitting he stole $127,600 in high-tech equipment from the U.S. Coast Guard and sold it to people in the United States, Sweden and Colombia.

The Advocate reports Raymond L. Beavers told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady Thursday he sold the equipment because of a gambling problem.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan A. Stevens said Beavers spent some of the money on tickets and trips to LSU athletic events.

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Latest News
6:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Coast Guard Med-Evacs Man from Sailboat

The Coast Guard says it safely evacuated a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the Gulf.

In a news release, the Coast Guard said officials received a call early Thursday about a husband and wife aboard a 64-foot sailboat that was bound for Houston after a trip to Cozumel, Mexico.

The woman reported that the man, who had a history of heart disease, had slumped over and was unresponsive.

1:03 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Coast Guard Says Gulf Oil Platform Fire Extinguished

An image of the burning rig sent in by a viewer to KLFY-TV in Lafayette.
KLFY viewer photo

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.

The fire was put out at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Eleven people have been airlifted from the scene — four to West Jefferson Medical Center with serious injuries, including second- and third-degree burns.

Two people jumped into the water at the time of the explosion and are still missing. 

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BP Oil Spill
12:01 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

BP Containment Cap Plugged, But Congress Demands More

BP says it has plugged holes in a leaky containment cap that failed to stem oil gushing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The oil company may have to clear oil still inside the structure abandoned a few hundred feet from the sealed well.

The Coast Guard says openings in the discarded cofferdam have been closed off, but Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Ed Markey says he wants BP to do more. He wants all remaining oil removed from the cap and other equipment still on the sea floor. He also wants to see the underwater footage taken of the repair operation.

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