Barry crawls ashore in Louisiana, weakens to tropical storm

U.S. 07/13/19, 13:22

Carrying "off the chart" amounts of moisture, Barry crawled ashore Saturday in Louisiana and quickly weakened to a tropical storm that promised to dump heavy rains that could last for days and pose a test of the flood-prevention systems built after Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago. The storm made landfall near ...

Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

U.S. 05/18/19, 10:28

Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there's not much barge traffic this year. That's because historic spring flooding that ...

Coast Guard collecting oil at site of 14-year-old Gulf leak

U.S. 05/16/19, 13:27

The Coast Guard says a newly installed containment system is collecting oil at the site of a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.A Coast Guard statement Thursday describes the installation of the subsea containment system as a "major milestone" in long-running efforts by the federal government to contain ...

Trump easing offshore drilling safety rules from Deepwater

Politics 05/02/19, 13:59

The Trump administration on Thursday moved to ease safety regulations adopted after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history that killed nearly a dozen people. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement the administration was acting to eliminate "unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining ...

Coast Guard: 23 adrift for days rescued in Gulf of Mexico

U.S. 04/14/19, 19:05

The U.S. Coast Guard said it worked with a cruise ship to rescue 23 people adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico.A Coast Guard news statement issued Sunday saying 22 Cubans started traveling on a wooden boat from Cuba to Mexico before losing power and drifting three days. A ...

NOAA: Bryde’s whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered

U.S. 04/12/19, 16:27

Federal scientists say a tiny group of Bryde's whales in the Gulf of Mexico is endangered, with threats including oil and gas exploration and development."They're the only year-round baleen whales that make their home in Gulf of Mexico, and (they) have a unique and very important role in the ecosystem," ...

Chevron buying Anadarko for $33B as crude prices rise

Business 04/12/19, 06:40

Chevron will buy Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion in a cash-and-stock deal as the company seeks to grow stronger in deep water exploration in the gulf and the energy-rich southwest region of Texas called the Permian Basin.The deal, announced Friday, arrives with U.S. crude prices up 40% this year.The companies ...

Gulf states to continue managing anglers’ red snapper catch

Enviroment 04/04/19, 16:16

The group that manages Gulf of Mexico fishing in federal waters says states can keep managing anglers' catch of red snapper after this year. The popular sport and table fish is still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing. The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council announced the decision Thursday in Biloxi, Mississippi. Louisiana's ...

$92M contract awarded to expand Corpus Christi Ship Channel

U.S. 01/04/19, 10:50

An Illinois company has won a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.The Port of Corpus Christi on Thursday announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. The federal government and the Port of ...

Company sues to block order to contain 14-year-old oil leak

U.S. 12/21/18, 10:14

The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official's order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles.The federal lawsuit ...

New mural brings more waves to Corpus Christi

U.S. 12/15/18, 09:35

Two artists are bringing more waves to a South Texas city along the Gulf of Mexico in the form of a large new mural.Corpus Christi artists John Olvey and Kaleigh Glover recently unveiled their mural "City by the Sea" along the side of the Corpus Christi Trade Center. The pair ...

Ahoy! Galveston, Royal Caribbean plan 3rd cruise terminal

U.S. 12/05/18, 16:03

The Port of Galveston and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. plan to develop an $85 million terminal — the third for the cruise-popular city on the Gulf of Mexico.Port Director Rodger Rees and Royal Caribbean CEO Russel Benford on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding.Royal Caribbean will pay for the new ...

Oil and gas flow to Texas coast spawns building, tensions

U.S. 11/29/18, 18:11

To the east, the Gulf of Mexico stretches out, blue-green and sparkling. To the west and north, flounder and trout meander in a chain of bays. People flock here to fish. Others come to this beach town near Corpus Christi to kayak, parasail or admire the hundreds of bird species ...

Company can be ordered to drill to end 14-year-old oil leak

U.S. 11/21/18, 15:19

The company failing to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico can be required to perform more underwater drilling and excavation work to stop the flow of crude, a federal regulatory board has ruled.The Interior Board of Land Appeals refused to excuse Taylor Energy Co. from requirements ...

NASA Conducts Quiet Sonic Boom Tests Near Texas Gulf Coast

Tech 11/07/18, 11:11

GALVESTON, TEXAS — NASA is monitoring how residents near the Texas Gulf Coast react to quiet sonic booms from an experimental aircraft that could reduce commercial flight times by half. The Houston Chronicle reports that the space agency on Monday launched a two-week research project on quiet supersonic research flights near Galveston. NASA is ...

NASA conducts quiet sonic boom tests near Texas Gulf Coast

U.S. 11/06/18, 12:24

NASA is monitoring how residents near the Texas Gulf Coast react to quiet sonic booms from an experimental aircraft that could reduce commercial flight times by half.The Houston Chronicle reports that the space agency on Monday launched a two-week research project on quiet supersonic research flights near Galveston. NASA is ...

Gulf oil spill cash to help redo Galveston Island State Park

U.S. 11/05/18, 20:27

Officials say Hurricane Ike-damaged Galveston Island State Park will be closed in late 2019 for a major renovation that might take about three years.The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department plans a ground-up rebuild funded by a $10 million grant awarded to the state after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill ...

Storm threat spreads up East Coast this weekend

U.S. 11/02/18, 08:10

The Latest on severe weather (all times local): 7 a.m. Forecasters said most of the East Coast was at risk for severe weather Friday, with winds as strong as 60 mph, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain possible as the Gulf Coast recovered from storms blamed for two deaths. Waves of weather moving in ...

Plans announced for oil export terminal near Corpus Christi

U.S. 10/30/18, 14:02

A new oil export terminal is in the works for South Texas in a bid to attract so-called very large crude carriers bound for international markets. The Port of Corpus and The Carlyle Group on Monday announced plans for the terminal at Harbor Island near Port Aransas (uh-RAN'-suhs). Dredging would provide ...

Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane

U.S. 10/19/18, 05:53

Florida is going to bend some of the voting rules for voters living in counties hammered by Hurricane Michael. The administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that eight counties in Florida's Panhandle can start and end early voting beyond existing deadlines. Normally, early voting is supposed end the weekend before ...

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