Latest Gulf of Mexico News

$2.4 million renovation of Gulf State Park pier nearly done

Jun. 27, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — A more than $2 million renovation of the fishing pier at Gulf State Park should be finished in July, according to the Alabama Department of Conversation and Natural Resources. A statement from the agency said decking, handrails and lights are being replaced as part of the work on...

Mexico says it is cracking down on piracy in Gulf

Jun. 23, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Navy said Tuesday it is cracking down on piracy in the Gulf of Mexico that has included attacks on ships and oil platforms. Mexico was stung by a U.S. State Department travel advisory on June 17 about “armed criminal groups” in the Gulf. The Navy said it has...

'Dead zone' task force states getting $840,000 from EPA

Jun. 23, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government is giving $840,000 to 12 states in a task force seeking ways to reduce the size of the low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms every year off Louisiana's coast. The allocation, announced in an Environmental Protection Agency release Monday, adds to $1.2...

Energy company sues US over costs from continuing oil leak

Jun. 18, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans company is challenging a U.S. Coast Guard claim that the company owes millions of dollars in costs and penalties related to a continuing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor Energy’s federal lawsuit, dated Monday, is the latest salvo in a legal battle over a spill...

Storm damage is seen at a home on Main Street in Concord, Mich., on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Strong storms with heavy winds swept across Jackson County causing power outages, downing trees and damaging property.  (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)

Thousands without power after storms sweep through Michigan

Jun. 11, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — About 168,700 homes and businesses were without electricity Thursday in Michigan after thunderstorms barreled through the state, downing hundreds of trees and power lines. DTE Energy said about 49,700 of its customers in southeast Michigan were without service as of 8 p.m. after thousands...

Storm damage is seen at a home on Main Street in Concord, Mich., on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Strong storms with heavy winds swept across Jackson County causing power outages, downing trees and damaging property.  (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)

Cristobal remnants head to Canada after battering Midwest US

Jun. 10, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms accompanied by winds approaching 70 mph battered lower Michigan late Wednesday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal moved out of the Midwest and into Canada. Cristobal ended a trek from the Gulf of Mexico up through the midsection of the U.S. that caused...

FILE - This Feb. 21, 2012, file photo, shows equipment in the oil fields of the Uintah Basin, southeast of Vernal, Utah. The Trump administration has started giving energy companies temporary breaks on royalties they must pay for oil and gas extracted from federal lands because of the coronavirus pandemic, government data shows. Royalty rate cuts so far have been authorized for at least 76 energy leases in Utah. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Trump administration cuts oil, gas fees in hundreds of cases

Jun. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration has awarded energy companies hundreds of breaks on payments for oil and gas extraction from U.S. lands and the Gulf of Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government database and federal officials. The temporary breaks on royalty and rental...

Tornado in Orlando topples trees, damages buildings

Jun. 8, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A tornado that struck the Orlando area toppled trees and damaged buildings but did not cause any deaths or injuries, authorities say. The National Weather Service said the twister had winds of at least 100 mph (160 kmh). The tornado started as a water spout on Lake Conway Saturday...

A wave crashes as a man stands on a jetty near Orleans Harbor in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Sunday, June 7, 2020, as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches the Louisiana Coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Tropical storm crashes onto US Gulf Coast amid flood threat

Jun. 8, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lopsided Tropical Storm Cristobal came ashore Sunday in Louisiana and ginned up dangerous weather much farther east, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town and spawning a tornado in Florida. Cristobal made an afternoon landfall between...

Crews from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East close the Bayou Road flood gate in St. Bernard Parish, La. Saturday, June 6, 2020, ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal. A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast early Saturday, bringing with it the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate)

Tropical Storm Cristobal advances toward US Gulf Coast

Jun. 6, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Saturday, spawning a tornado in Florida and bringing the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in...