Latest Gulf of Mexico News

Feds: Royalty exemption for new shallow-water Gulf wells

Nov. 21, 2019 1:08 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal agencies that make and enforce offshore oil and gas leases say they’ll encourage new wells in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters by allowing some reduced-royalty or even royalty-free production if owners can prove they need it. Some $20 billion worth of oil and gas may go...

Whistleblower raises safety alarm about air traffic control

Nov. 20, 2019 8:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistle-blowing flight controller says changes in air traffic control procedures at a major center in Florida raise the risk of a midair collision, but the Federal Aviation Administration disputes the claim. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Wednesday that it notified the White...

Coast Guard moves Alabama training after swimmers fall ill

Nov. 20, 2019 3:56 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is no longer using an Alabama bay for certain types of exercises after rescue swimmers reported falling ill during training. News outlets report training has been moved from Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Capt. William Sasser with the Mobile training station told...

Ocearch's 11 Canadian great white sharks headed south

Nov. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ocearch's latest expedition, to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia, a summer hangout for great white sharks, could hardly have gone better: The crew caught, studied and tagged 11 white sharks, making it by far their most successful trip in the Northwest Atlantic. Most of those sharks...

Mississippi Governor: $53M in coastal restoration projects

Nov. 15, 2019 7:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill. “I am proud of the...

Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida....

Apparent pirate attack on ship in Mexico wounds 2 Italians

Nov. 12, 2019 4:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy says two Italian crew members were wounded in an attack by armed assailants who boarded their ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The pirate attack was apparently carried out by several armed men who approached the Italian-flagged ship Rema in two fishing boats. The Mexican navy...

Missing airman identified as recovery efforts continue

Nov. 10, 2019 4:30 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An airman who is presumed dead in a parachute training exercise off Florida's Panhandle has been identified. According to a military news release, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a special tactics combat controller with 24th Special Operations Wing, part of the Air...

Search suspended for airman missing in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 9, 2019 10:12 AM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — After four days of searching the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended search operations for a missing Hurlburt Field special tactics airman. The search was suspended Friday evening. On Tuesday morning, an airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing fell into the Gulf of...

GOP control expands in Mississippi Senate, steady in House

Nov. 6, 2019 6:09 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans will expand their majority in the Mississippi Senate and maintain supermajority-level control in the state House following Tuesday's elections. In the Senate, Republicans will hold 36 of 52 seats, up from 33. Democrats will shrink from 19 to 16. In the 122-member House,...