Latest Gulf of Mexico News

Biden cancels offshore oil lease sales in Gulf Coast, Alaska

May. 12, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is canceling three oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, removing millions of acres from possible drilling as U.S. gas prices reach record highs. The Interior Department announced the decision...

Coast Guard rescues 5 from sailboat in Gulf of Mexico

May. 08, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Five people were rescued from a disabled sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. News outlets report that the 36-foot sailboat put out a distress call Friday afternoon because of a broken mast. The vessel was located about 200 miles...

Biden increases oil royalty rate, scales back lease sales

Apr. 15, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Interior Department on Friday said it’s moving forward with the first onshore sales of public oil and natural gas drilling leases under President Joe Biden, but will sharply increase royalty rates for companies as federal officials weigh efforts to fight climate...

Swimmer critically hurt after being caught in rip currents

Apr. 15, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — A swimmer who was caught in rip currents off the Alabama coast was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said. U.S. Coast Guard officials responded to 911 calls reporting three swimmers struggling in rip currents near Dauphin Island on...

Seattle woman dies snorkeling in Florida's Dry Tortugas

Apr. 08, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

DRY TORGUAS NATIONAL PARK, (AP) — A 74-year-old woman died while snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas National Park, which is in the Gulf of Mexico west of Key West, Florida. Carol Murrell Maillet of Seattle, Washington, was snorkeling along the fort wall by the beach on Thursday...

Pensacola Beach water rescues doubled in 2021

Apr. 03, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A post-pandemic rush to the beaches doubled the number of water rescues for 2021, and 2022 is shaping up to be just as busy, if not busier. Pensacola surfer and boat captain Mike Davis has seen the issue first-hand. On March 18, while driving...

Seven Mile Bridge to close for annual footrace

Apr. 01, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — The Seven Mile Bridge will close temporarily to vehicle traffic early Saturday for an annual footrace over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Monroe County deputies will stop traffic from 6-9 a.m. for the Seven Mile Bridge Run. The...

US ready to auction wind energy rights off Carolinas coast

Mar. 25, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The federal government plans to auction off the rights to produce power from wind energy in two areas offshore of North Carolina and South Carolina. The leases are part of President Joe Biden's goal of increasing clean energy generation and providing the...

Wreck of only sunken Gulf whaler discovered 190 years later

Mar. 23, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

Roughly 15 years before Herman Melville introduced the world to Moby Dick, a whaling ship from Massachusetts sank near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Nearly 190 years later, experts say, it’s still the only whaler known to have gone down in the Gulf of Mexico, where the...

Ukraine war ups pressure for US oil; industry faces hurdles

Mar. 18, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In the oil fields of northern Montana, industry veteran Mac McDermott watched crude prices whipsaw from $75 a barrel in January to more than $120 as Russia pressed its war in Ukraine, then down again when coronavirus worries in China raised the specter of a global slowdown....