Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard Rescue
11:41 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Two men rescued from Gulf plane crash

The Coast Guard has rescued two men who were aboard an airplane that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Theodore Wright and Raymond Fosdick, both of Baytown, Texas, were located in the water Thursday after their airplane went down about 28 miles east of South Pass. Wright declined medical attention, while Fosdick was taken to New Orleans area hospital.

The Coast Guard says the men were flying from Baytown to Sarasota, Fla. The cause is under investigation.

Oil Industry
1:45 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Production starts at ultra-deep Gulf oil field

Petrobras USA says production has begun at its Chinook oil field in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The company says production started last week in the field using a specialized ship that processes and stores oil and natural gas in place of a production platform. The field is being worked by BW Pioneer, a type of ship known in the oil industry as a floating, production, storage and offloading vessel, or FPSO.

Hurricane Isaac
1:47 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Coast Guard searches Gulf for missing man

The Coast Guard is searching the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida-Alabama state line for a man who failed to return home from a water-scooter trip as then-Tropical Storm Isaac was approaching the coast.

Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash says the search began after the man's wife called the Pensacola station about 8:45 p.m. Monday. It resumed at dawn Tuesday.

He didn't have any details about the man.

He says a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter started the search, but the plane had to return — and winds were likely to get too rough for the helicopter.

Hurricane Isaac
1:45 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Gulf of Mexico Tide Predictions

Tide predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Service for principal points along the Gulf of Mexico, for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

Galveston — 12:08 a.m. 1.72 L; 5:59 a.m. 2.01 H; 1:07 p.m. 0.57 L; 9:45 p.m. 2.0 H

Vermilion Bay — 12:40 a.m. 1.37 L; 6:06 a.m. 1.6 H; 1:39 p.m. 0.46 L; 9:52 p.m. 1.6 H

Atchafalaya Bay (Eugene Island) — 6:13 a.m. 1.97 H; 12:09 p.m. 0.56 L; 9:59 p.m. 1.96 H; 11:31 p.m. 1.87 L

Grand Isle (Barataria Pass) — 2:43 a.m. 1.13 H; 1:13 p.m. 0.47 L

Tropical Storm Isaac
3:45 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Offshore evacuations continue in Gulf of Mexico

The federal government says oil and gas operators continue to evacuate offshore platforms and rigs in Tropical Storm Isaac's likely path through the Gulf of Mexico.

Isaac is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall Wednesday.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says 39 production platforms and eight drilling rigs have been evacuated. That's about 6.5 percent of the 596 manned platforms and 10.5 percent of the 76 rigs operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Gulf Oil Containment
5:52 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

System for stopping an oil spill tested in Gulf

A consortium set up after the 2010 BP spill to develop methods for containing deep-sea spills is conducting a test of its state-of-the-art equipment with federal regulators looking on.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the drill began Tuesday morning.

The Houston-based Marine Well Containment Company is moving a capping stack it has developed to a test wellhead that sits about 7,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

Environment
4:12 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

New report ties cold Gulf water, dolphin deaths

Researchers say snowmelt that chilled coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico may have contributed to baby dolphin deaths in the winter of 2011.

A new research paper says 86 baby dolphins are known to have been aborted or died shortly after birth during the period.

Researcher Ruth Carmichael of Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab says she can't say definitively that colder water caused the deaths. However, she says it may have been a deadly contributing factor.

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Dead Zone Forecast
11:31 am
Fri June 22, 2012

2 Very Different Forecasts for Gulf Dead Zone

Scientists from Louisiana and Michigan have very different predictions for the size of this year's "dead zone" of low-oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be the smallest in nearly a quarter century at just under 1,200 square miles — or five times that size. 

Gulf Oil & Gas Lease Sale
2:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Gulf Oil and Gas Leases Go On Sale

The federal government is set to sell off oil and natural gas leases in the central Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The sale, taking place in the Superdome, starts at 9 a.m. CDT and ends at noon, when the U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to announce the results.

The government is offering 7,434 tracts covering about 38 million acres. As of Tuesday, 593 bids were submitted by 48 companies for 454 tracts.

The blocks are located from three to about 230 miles offshore.

Helicopter Crash
9:25 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Coast Guard: Helicopter Crashes in Gulf of Mexico

The body of a pilot whose helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Mexico has been recovered. The Coast Guard says divers from the vessel Ocean Inspector found the pilot inside the aircraft's cockpit. The helicopter, owned by PHI Inc., crashed yesterday and was used to take people to oil rigs. 

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