Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in Gulf of Mexico
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's shrimp fleet got its ceremonial blessing Sunday for the 90th time, even as shrimpers worry about fresh floodwaters harming shrimp production.
Georgia tourist downs off Florida coast
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a Georgia tourist downed in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Rogelio Moreno Gaitan of Lawrenceville,...
Shell begins production at platform in Gulf
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Shell Oil Co. says production has begun ahead of schedule at its Appomattox platform in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents of an island near Louisiana that's sinking into the Gulf of Mexico are working with legal representatives and case managers hoping to help them...
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say a man was found unconscious floating face down near the Gulf of Mexico coast and rushed to a hospital where he died.
A chronic sheen has become "barely visible" since government contractors installed a new underwater system for capturing and collecting crude at a site in the Gulf of Mexico where oil has been...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida agency is investigating potential animal cruelty charges after a lawyer posted video of himself shooing a raccoon off his boat into the Gulf of Mexico.
PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The Trump administration moved Thursday to give oil and gas companies more flexibility in meeting safety requirements imposed after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon...
Charges filed after fire at Texas petrochemical facility
HOUSTON (AP) — 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...
Correction: Endangered Whales-Gulf story
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story April 12 about Bryde's whales in the Gulf of Mexico being listed as endangered, The Associated Press erroneously identified the Natural Resources Defense Council as...
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A real estate agent says an ocean-front Florida home that recently sold for $25.5 million is headed for demolition.
The three-bedroom, 70-year-old Naples beach house sits...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mississippi will get $31.7 million as its 2018 share of federal royalties from Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and natural gas drilling.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is set to pay Louisiana $94.7 million of its royalties from Gulf of Mexico offshore oil revenue earned in fiscal year 2018.
Flesh-eating bacteria infects Florida fisherman
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is being treated for flesh-eating bacteria he contracted while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mike Walton tells Tampa television station WFTS that he was...
US Coast Guard suspends search for Florida swimmer
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man who went swimming in a Florida beach.
The agency said in a news release on Sunday that crews searched...
Attackers raid family party, kill 13 in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in eastern Mexico say gunmen broke into a family party and opened fire, killing 13 people and wounding at least four others.
Coast Guard suspends search for boater in Gulf of Mexico
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is suspending the search for a boater who was reported overdue during a trip from Cozumel, Mexico, to Tampa.
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a boater reported missing by his wife.
The agency said in a news release that 71-year-old Grant Neie was reported overdue Sunday while on a...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — 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...
Chevron is buying Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion, energizing its oil and gas drilling capabilities in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico while vaulting itself into a new league.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the government filed by a New Orleans-based company that has failed to end the longest running oil spill in U.S....
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from a life raft after their fishing boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico.
A Coast Guard statement says mayday calls were sent by...
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — The longest span of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway is temporarily closing for a footrace over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — 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...
State pledges $80 million for Bayou Chene floodgate
MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — Residents in six southeastern Louisiana parishes will get some relief from backwater flooding thanks to a new floodgate.
Officials shorten triggerfish, amberjack seasons in Gulf
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Federal officials say fishing seasons for triggerfish and amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico have been shortened.
AL.com reported Friday that the recreational season for...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NBA star David West is not entitled to a nearly $1.5 million award stemming from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court has ruled.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and gas companies made $244.3 million in high bids for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, about 37 percent above what the last gulf-wide sale generated in August and...
A Florida man has been charged with bludgeoning to death a sleeping crew member aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
Federal authorities said Wednesday that Casey Hickok was...
Gulf-wide oil lease sale again to offer about 78M acres
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department says an oil lease sale in August will offer about 78 million acres (31.6 million hectares) of Gulf of Mexico waterbottom. That's about the same as...
Shipping company fined $2M for oily waste dumped into Gulf
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a shipping company to pay $2 million in fines after one of its tankers illegally dumped oily waste into the Gulf of Mexico.
Online map: don’t eat fish caught here; don’t swim there
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A recently created interactive map lets people know if pollution has made a Louisiana waterway unsafe for swimming, and tells anglers whether it's safe to eat their catch.
Shell subsidiary to pay $2.2M fine for 2016 Gulf oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay a $2.2 million civil fine to the federal government to settle charges that the company violated the Clean Water Act by spilling 1,900 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in May 2016 when a subsea pipeline cracked at the company's Green Canyon oil field.
Texas artificial reef project continues with help of donors
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Donors have helped save an artificial reef project off South Texas that uses materials including concrete pyramids and old railroad ties to increase fish habitat.
The RGV Reef project has already led to hundreds of thousands more red snapper and other fish in the Gulf of Mexico near South Padre Island, the Brownsville Herald reported.
2 men, dog rescued from overturned boat in Gulf off Florida
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard came to the aid of two men and a dog whose boat flipped over in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's Big Bend.
In a statement Tuesday, the Coast Guard said a helicopter crew hoisted the men and the dog to safety about 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of Rock Island.
Red snapper study to include $250 tags on fish
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the red snapper season begins this summer in the Gulf of Mexico, some fish will carry $250 and even $500 worth of tags, as part of a study to estimate just how many of the popular sport and table fish live in the Gulf. The fish can be released as long as the tags are snipped off.
Disney Cruise Line to sail more ships from Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston can expect to see double the number of Disney cruises sailing from the city on the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years, according to port officials.
BP approves expansion of Gulf oil project
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has approved a $1.3 billion expansion at one of its oil projects in the Gulf of Mexico and discovered an additional 1.4 billion barrels at two of them.
"BP's Gulf of Mexico business is key to our strategy of growing production of advantaged high-margin oil. We are building on our world-class position, upgrading the resources at our fields through technology, productivity and exploration success," Bernard Looney, BP's Upstream chief executive, said in a news release Tuesday.
$92M contract awarded to expand Corpus Christi Ship Channel
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — An Illinois company has won a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.
Report: 16 dolphin deaths linked to red tide off Florida
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal scientists have linked over a dozen dolphin deaths off Florida to a toxic algae bloom that has persisted in the Gulf of Mexico for over a year.
Erin Fougeres says researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been "fairly overwhelmed" by the number of necropsies needed.
Company sues to block order to contain 14-year-old oil leak
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.
Correction: Colorado River Water-Drought story
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Dec. 13 about the Colorado River, The Associated Press erroneously reported the river's mouth. The river empties into the Gulf of California, not the Gulf of Mexico.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Southwestern US states get Jan. 31 deadline for drought deal
Some Texas coastal residents opposing proposed storm barrier
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A proposed Texas coastal barrier is drawing backlash from some Gulf Coast residents and the state's land commissioner wants more time for property owners to voice concerns.
New mural brings more waves to Corpus Christi
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Two artists are bringing more waves to a South Texas city along the Gulf of Mexico in the form of a large new mural.
Ahoy! Galveston, Royal Caribbean plan 3rd cruise terminal
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — 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 and President Michael Bayley on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding.
Oil and gas flow to Texas coast spawns building, tensions
PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — 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 on the barrier island, which is deep into rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey damaged or destroyed 85 percent of the buildings here last year.
Company can be ordered to drill to end 14-year-old oil leak
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — 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.