Gulf of Mexico News

`Back-Loaded’ Hurricane Season Bearing Down on U.S. Coast

Don’t be lulled by a quiet June and July, the real Atlantic hurricane season is about to kick off. The hurricane season runs from June 1 to the end of November. But the next six weeks — “the season within …

Barry to Unleash Life-Threatening Floods in Louisiana

Barry weakened to a tropical depression but was set to cause more life-threatening floods through Monday on its march northward. Dangerous flash floods were likely across parts of central Louisiana into far southwest Mississippi on Monday morning. The storm was …

Tropical Storm Barry Set to Dump Two Feet of Rain on Louisiana

The leading edge of Tropical Storm Barry’s wind and rain is reaching Louisiana, where communities including New Orleans are bracing for a downpour that threatens to inundate already-high waterways. As much as 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain could fall …

Tropical Storm Barry in Gulf of Mexico Barrels Toward Louisiana

Tropical Storm Barry formed in the Gulf of Mexico and could strike Louisiana as a hurricane Saturday, causing almost $1 billion in damage and worsening flooding in New Orleans. The system, which was about 95 miles (153 kilometers) southeast of …

Tropical Storm Barry May Form in Gulf of Mexico Later This Week

A tropical storm may loom in the Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday or early on July 11 as a low pressure system moves off Georgia into warm waters, gaining strength and threatening offshore oil and natural gas production. The patch …

Near-Record ‘Dead Zone’ Forecast off Gulf Coast

A near record-sized “dead zone” of oxygen-starved water could form in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, threatening its huge stocks of marine life, researchers said. The area could spread to about 8,717 square miles, scientists at Louisiana State University …

Green Groups Sue Trump Administration for Gutting Offshore Oil Safety Rules

WASHINGTON — A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Interior Department’s rollbacks of safety measures put in place by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. …

Charges Filed After Fire at Texas Petrochemical Facility

HOUSTON — Water pollution charges were filed Monday against a company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility where a large fire that burned for days in March caused chemicals to flow into a nearby waterway. The Harris County District …

Gulf Platform Owner Sued Over Deadly 2012 Blast

A Filipino worker who was severely burned in a deadly explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico last year is suing the platform’s owner and operator. Lawyers for Renato Dominguez, 53, filed the suit against Houston-based Black …

Jury Finds BP Negligent in Texas Emissions Event

BP was negligent and responsible for a 41-day emissions event in 2010 at its Texas City refinery, but there isn’t enough evidence linking the pollution to illnesses, a Galveston jury found Thursday. BP PLC has said that 500,000 pounds of …