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Coast Guard investigates tanker crash on Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is investigating an accident on the Mississippi River involving an empty oil tanker. The Coast Guard said in a news release that the Nordbay, a 62,000-ton tanker, struck the Jefferson Parish water intake just up river from New Orleans on Tuesday night. The vessel was being directed down the river and while it was ...

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US rig count drops 48 this week to 571; Texas down 19

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571. The Houston firm said Friday 467 rigs sought oil and 104 explored for natural gas amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 1,456 rigs were active. Among major oil- and ...

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Mississippi close to landing big industry

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JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi could be days away from landing a major industrial project, as pieces of the recruitment effort including special utility rates and incentive legislation are moving forward. The state Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday to allow Energy Mississippi to offer a special electrical rate to an unnamed industry. Cecil Brown, Democratic Central District public service commissioner, said ...

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No injuries as fire closes New Orleans’ historic Canal St.

NEW ORLEANS — A stubborn six-alarm fire blanketed part of downtown New Orleans in eye-stinging smoke early Wednesday and forced the closure of historic Canal Street between the city’s central business district and the French Quarter. The blaze broke out in a largely empty four-story building and spread to an adjacent building. Flames were no longer visible and smoke had ...

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Houston’s FMC Technologies signs $180 million deal

Houston's FMC Technologies signs $180 million deal

Houston-based FMC Technologies signed an agreement with Woodside for the design, manufacture and supply of subsea production systems for the Greater Western Flank Phase 2 Project as part of the North West Shelf Project in Western Australia. The $180 million contract includes subsea production trees, wellheads, manifolds, subsea and topside controls and flowline connection systems. According to a press release, ...

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Louisiana energy headlines for Jan. 25

Bonnet Carre Spillway to close Feb. 2 Gates on the Bonnet Carre  spillway could be completely closed by Feb. 2, reports the Advocate. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the spillway Jan. 10, only the 11th time it’s been in operation since completion in 1927 after a flood devastated the area. The spillway is used to divert water from ...

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Feb. 29 appeal date in coastal suit against oil companies

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has set a Feb. 29 hearing date in a lawsuit that pits a south Louisiana flood protection board against dozens of oil companies. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East hopes to revive the lawsuit it filed in 2013. The lawsuit sought damages over the loss of coastal wetlands that form a natural hurricane ...

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Gov. Edwards budget plan at odds with lawsuit settlement

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to redirect Gulf oil spill recovery money to rebalance this year’s budget appears to conflict with a legal settlement the state struck two years ago, aimed at ending a lawsuit over Louisiana’s “rainy day” fund. Edwards wants to steer $200 million Louisiana is receiving this year from BP PLC, compensation for ...

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Southwestern Energy to shed 1,100 jobs

Southwestern Energy to shed 1,100 jobs

Southwestern Energy Co. announced layoffs Thursday as drilling activity stalls. The Houston-based company will reduce its workforce by more than 40 percent, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The oil and natural gas driller expects to shed 1,100 jobs as it copes with falling natural gas prices. About 300 of those laid off are part of Southwestern’s ...

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National Oilwell Varco closing Louisiana facility

National Oilwell Varco headquarters in Greater Sharpstown, Houston. (Image: WhisperToMe via Wikimedia commons)

HOUMA, La. — National Oilwell Varco, a manufacturer and parts supplier to the oil and gas industry, is shutting down its facility in Houma, Louisiana, and that will put 80 employees out of work. The Louisiana Workforce Commission tells The Advocate the layoffs at the facility started Monday, and will continue in phases until NOV shuts down sometime between March ...

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