offshore drilling

Tristan Baurick /|The Times-Picayune

Every Friday, coastal reporters from WWNO and | The Times-Picayune come together to talk about the week in coastal news.

This week: a platform fire in the Gulf, concern around Sewerage and Water Board contracts and an effort to rebuild the coast from the sky.

U.S. Department of the Interior

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week calling for more oil and gas drilling. But the final call is up to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior.


On Monday, the secretary endorsed Trump’s plan -- and then some.

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. 

A rig worker has pleaded guilty in federal court to ordering his crew to falsify test results on a faulty blow-out preventer in the Gulf of Mexico. It occurred before and after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.