Louisiana coast News

Hurricane Delta Halting Oil Production From Platforms, Refineries

HOUSTON — Hurricane Delta raked across the Gulf of Mexico, halting most of the region’s offshore oil output on Thursday after energy companies shut-in wells, pulled staff from offshore platforms and began securing coastal processing plants. The storm was about …

Operator Blamed for Deadly Louisiana Platform Blast

Nearly a year after three Filipino welders died in an oil platform explosion off Louisiana’s coast, the federal offshore safety bureau has issued a report that blames operator Black Elk Energy and its contractors for not taking proper precautions, not …

Blowout Could Tip Regulator Focus to Shallow Water

Last week’s blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators’ focus to shallow water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract …

Gas Well in the Gulf Continues to Burn

An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast continued to burn Wednesday after it caught fire following a blowout that prompted the evacuation of 44 workers, authorities said. Meanwhile, officials stressed that Tuesday’s blowout wouldn’t be close to as …