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7:49 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Offshore Platform Explosion Kills 1, Injures 3

One person has been killed and three injured in an explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say the platform is 12 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says it appears there’s no oil spilled in the Gulf, and damage was limited to the platform, which was not in production.

Officials says Fieldwood Energy — based in Houston — reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. yesterday.

No statement yet from the company.

Politics
5:22 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

Pipes for Transcanada Corp.'s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline are stacked at a depot in Gascoyne, N.D. The House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline Friday; the Senate voted against it on Tuesday.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:52 pm

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday.

An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage. The decisive 41st "No" vote came with 55 votes in favor, and the final tally was 59-41.

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Latest News
3:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Largest Methanol Plant In North America Opening In St. James Parish

Natural gas, the key ingredient in producing methanol, is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast. South Louisiana Methanol is poised to build the largest methanol plant in North America in St. James Parish.
Ari Moore Flickr

Natural gas is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast, since it's drilled nearby. It's also the key ingredient in producing methanol.

Methanol is a chemical that is used to make plywood, foam, paints, adhesives and other common household products. South Louisiana Methanol is slated to be the biggest plant to make it. The final hurdle to business was finding a local natural gas provider.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Energy, Interior Secretaries Tour Louisiana Coast

Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Two leading officials in the Energy and Interior Departments have gotten their first look at the oil production facilities along the Louisiana coast. They got a bird’s eye view of the energy facilities at work, and the threat they face from coastal erosion.

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Notes from New Orleans
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Tulane Goes Down To The River To Study

Matthew Chatfield is Project Coordinator for Tulane's new riverfront campus.

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea surfaced to use the power of the Mississippi River as a source for energy. But it turns out that turbines placed near New Orleans weren’t going to be that effective after all. So some smart folks at Tulane University have come up with other ideas.

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Red River Radio
11:01 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Energy analyst: Drilling activity in Haynesville Shale will pick up

Matthew Koch, vice president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, will speak to the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:36 am

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host an energy analyst Wednesday who will give a forecast on natural gas development in northwest Louisiana and across the nation.

Matthew Koch, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s institute for 21st Century Energy, says natural gas is well positioned to lead the U.S. energy sector.

Chemical companies rely on it and demand from exports is brisk, according to Koch. With Louisiana’s energy infrastructure in place, he says the Haynesville Shale natural gas deposit will be busy again.

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Red River Radio
11:01 am
Wed January 22, 2014

East Texans protest opening of Keystone pipeline's southern leg

Farmer Julia Trigg Crawford has watched the pipeline being built in her pasture in Direct, Texas.

An East Texas organization will protest TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday. NacSTOP aims to draw attention to the dangers of transporting tar sands crude. The group was organized three years ago to stall construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline that runs from Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Lawsuit Seeking More Review For Plaquemines Parish Coal Terminal

Some Plaquemines Parish residents and environmental groups are suing to stop a coal terminal proposed for Myrtle Grove. The state says the project should continue.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Senator Landrieu Introduces Bipartisan Revenue-Sharing Plan For Coastal States

Senator Mary Landrieu.
Office of Senator Mary Landrieu

Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is joining forces with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over energy revenue sharing.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Senator Landrieu Pushes Interior Nominee for Revenue-Sharing Changes

Senator Mary Landrieu.
Office of Senator Mary Landrieu

Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is calling on the Obama administration’s nominee for Interior Secretary to support a bigger share of oil and gas revenue to coastal states.

At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Landrieu told nominee Sally Jewell that offshore drilling along the Gulf Coast accounts for three times the production onshore in western and interior states.

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