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Factors Affecting Commercial Fishing in the Gulf

Over the past century, the population of the U.S. has grown from 102 million in 1916 to over 320 million according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The current population of the U.S. is three times that of a century ago. People are moving to places that haven’t ever been commercialized or developed because of the


Offshore Platform Worker in Louisiana Killed in Fall Accident

An offshore worker on an oil and gas platform off the coast of Louisiana was killed in an accident when he fell through a deck opening earlier this week. The accident occurred at about 4 AM on Monday.  According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy to Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the man was working on a


Fire Extinguished, Gas Flow Halted Off Louisiana Coast

A natural gas fire is out  after burning for more than a day at a well off Louisiana coast. The flow of natural gas from the well blowout that occurred before the fire also has been stopped. Authorities say sand and sediment is believed to have blocked the flow of gas from the blown out well. Travel


Fire Breaks Out On Drilling Rig After Workers Evacuated

A fire broke out late Tuesday on an out-of-control natural gas well  off the Louisiana coast just hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated from a nearby jackup rig. No injuries were reported from the fire, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. The cause of the fire, about 55 miles off the


Explosion At La. Chemical Plant Injures Dozens

A fire sparked by an explosion at a petrochemical plant  near Baton Rouge, La., injured more than 30 people. Area residents were advised to stay indoors with windows and doors closed, though tests showed no signs of elevated chemical levels nearby. A spokeswoman from the Department of Environmental Quality said three or four people were transported by


Louisiana Pipeline Fire Extinguished

A pipeline fire was finally extinguished  after burning in a Louisiana bayou since Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. One man was critically burned and three others received minor injuries in the blaze, which began when a tug pushing a barge struck the gas pipeline. While the fire was out, the Coast Guard said minimal flaring


Pipeline Fire In Louisiana Could Continue Until Thursday

A huge fire that began Tuesday night  as a tug pushing a barge in a remote Louisiana bayou struck a liquefied natural gas pipeline in shallow water could keep burning until Thursday or later. Four people were injured in the accident; three were treated and released, while one was taken to a Baton Rouge burn unit in


Seaman Sues After Falling On Vessel’s Wooden Flooring

A seaman his filed suit in a New Orleans federal court, claiming he sustained disabling injuries from a fall after slipping on a vessel’s wooden floor. The Jones Act lawsuit accuses Big R Towing Inc. of negligence for failing to maintain the vessel and her appurtenances in a safe and reasonable state of repair. The lawsuit


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