Gulf of Mexico

Science & Health
3:44 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Shrimp Trawling Comes With Big Risks

John Berthelot, top, and Hosea Wilson, bottom right, release the nets from their shrimp boat, Monday, May 3, 2010, at the Venice Marina in Venice, La.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 5:03 pm

Think your job is bad? Quit whining, unless you're a shrimper in the Gulf of Mexico.

Commercial fishermen have the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities 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.

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Latest News
5:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Gulf of Mexico Well Evacuated Due to Uncontrolled Gas Flow

The Rowan Cecil Provine rig is en route to the site of the uncontrolled well about 50 miles east of Grand Isle.

This article has been updated.

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 a report today in Fuel Fix, an energy news website operated in part by the Houston Chronicle.

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Developing
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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Oil Platform Fire
5:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Coast Guard Investigating Oil Platform Fire

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.

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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.

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