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Alabama man dies after fall from Mississippi parking garage

Oct. 25, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — An Alabama man who had been celebrating his birthday at a Mississippi casino died late Friday after he fell from the top of a parking garage, authorities said. Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer identified him as 45-year-old Joseph Baynes of...

Louisiana woman shares how ‘found rose’ was named after her

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, the Peggy Martin Rose was a “found rose,” meaning it had no name and its origins unknown. Peggy Martin of Gonzales, for whom the rose is named, was the guest speaker at the Alexandria...

Rescued in Alabama, sea turtle dies at Mississippi Aquarium

Oct. 15, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

A threatened loggerhead sea turtle was found dead Friday at the Mississippi Aquarium, eight days after being accidentally hooked and then rescued at a state park on Alabama's Gulf Coast. The turtle was brought ashore Oct. 7 and taken to the Alabama-Mississippi state line,...

Aging equipment, spills test ties between oil, California

Oct. 15, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hoping to recover a lost anchor chain, a work boat dragged a grappling hook along the seabed near an oil platform off the Southern California coast. But it hooked something else -- a pipeline carrying crude oil from the towering rig to shore. Once...

New wind farms would dot US coastlines under Biden plan

Oct. 13, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven major offshore wind farms would be developed on the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico under a plan announced Wednesday by the Biden administration. The projects are part of President Joe Biden’s plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of...

Report: Offshore wind supply chain worth $109B over 10 years

Oct. 12, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A group studying the economics of offshore wind energy in the U.S. says building and operating the nascent industry will be worth $109 billion to businesses in its supply chain over the next 10 years. The report by the Special Initiative on...

California pipeline likely damaged up to a year before spill

Oct. 09, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An underwater oil pipeline off the Southern California coast was likely damaged by a ship’s anchor several months to a year before it ruptured and sent oil spewing into the ocean and then onto some of the area’s best-known beaches, investigators said...

Shell warns of possible $500 million hit from Hurricane Ida

Oct. 07, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell warned Thursday that it will take an earnings hit of up to $500 million as a result of the disruptions caused by Hurricane Ida, which hit the Gulf of Mexico in late August. In an update to shareholders, the company said the...

Charter fishing for red snapper reopening in federal waters

Oct. 04, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With nearly 24% of the for-hire recreational red snapper catch target still in the Gulf of Mexico, charter vessels can take anglers to try to catch the fish in federal waters from Oct. 15 until Nov. 6, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says. ...

Feds schedule Gulf offshore oil lease sale for November

Sep. 30, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration says it has followed a court order to schedule an offshore oil and gas lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico after the Democratic president's moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on federal lands was blocked by a judge. ...