Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
Energy

USA - Weekly offshore rig count stuck at 12

After three weeks of decline, the number of offshore rigs in the U.S. remained unchanged over the last week, according to the latest weekly rig count report by Baker Hughes.

Southeast
Local

USA - What Happens if a Hurricane Hits During the Pandemic?

It’s deep into the summer and a massive hurricane looms off the Florida coast, threatening enormous destruction and widespread power blackouts. In normal times, in such a scenario, the orders would come down for millions of coastal residents: Evacuate.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - 'We're screwed': The only question is how quickly Louisiana wetlands will vanish, study says

Because of increasing rates of sea level rise fueled by global warming, the remaining 5,800 square miles of Louisiana's coastal wetlands in the Mississippi River delta will disappear. The only question is how quickly it will happen, says a new peer-reviewed study published Friday in Science Advances.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

GOM - Researcher detects unknown submarine landslides in Gulf of Mexico

A Florida State University researcher has used new detection methods to identify 85 previously unknown submarine landslides that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 2008 and 2015, leading to questions about the stability of oil rigs and other structures, such as pipelines built in the region.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

AL - Large crowds return to Alabama beaches

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Large crowds have returned to Alabama beaches as the state loosened restrictions on restaurants and social gatherings.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Lido beach building on target

One area project that has not been slowed or stalled by coronavirus, is the plan to rebuild Lido Beach.

Southeast
Science

FL - University of Miami aims test program at Miami Beach shoreline

A University of Miami interdisciplinary team is seeking permits from the State of Florida and US Army Corps of Engineers to deploy three “hybrid” structures in waters off Miami Beach to gather evidence on how best to protect the shoreline from damaging wave energy.

Coastwide
Science

USA - Hurricanes are getting stronger, more dangerous and forming earlier. Here’s how we can prepare.

Earlier this week, Tropical Storm Arthur skirted North Carolina’s coast before veering into the Atlantic. While damage was minimal, this marked the sixth straight year that a named storm developed in the Atlantic before the official start of hurricane season on June 1.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Louisiana Lawmakers Consider Bill That Could Nullify Lawsuits Against Oil And Gas Companies

A bill working its way through the Louisiana legislature would hand more control of coastal issues to the state, and potentially nullify a handful of lawsuits against oil and gas companies.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - Scientists learning from death of staghorn outplants

Nursery-bred staghorn corals off the Upper Keys have about a 10% chance of surviving past seven years, according to a newly published scientific paper.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - Four artificial oyster reefs to be constructed at Rock Creek in Naples

The city of Naples is continuing construction of artificial oyster reefs at the mouth of Rock Creek where it empties into the Gordon River.

Gulf of Mexico
Aquaculture

TX - Texas Says Shucks, Let's Give Oyster Growing a Try

As industry begins, operators have a chance to protect environment while meeting consumer demand

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Army’s proposal to put 10-foot dunes on Pinellas beaches makes waves

Measures among alternatives Corps hopes would maximize protection, minimize future cost

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Dredge is back in Destin and ready to finish what it started

The dredge is back and is expected to finish what it started by the middle of next week.

Coastwide
Engineering

Int'l - CCell Renewables and Vicor collaborate to power new coral reef growth

CCell Renewables and Vicor collaborate to power new coral reef growth Innovative power delivery system accelerates coral reef restoration to save coastlines and protect communities

Southeast
Local

FL - County’s on-beach parking reopens

After approving a consent agenda that included extending the county’s state of emergency for another week, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to lift the county’s temporary on-beach parking ban at 8 a.m. today, but with several important restrictions.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Environmental Concerns Grow Around Proposed Deepwater Oil Port

Even as the price of Texas crude has plummeted, plans are moving forward for a major oil exporting terminal off the coast of Brazoria County. But residents and environmentalists are worried the project would impact public health and wildlife, including endangered sea turtles.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

LA - Oil, Tourism, Seafood — All Hit in Louisiana COVID-19 Fight

Every Labor Day weekend, St. Mary Parish celebrates two industries at a tourist event with a seemingly improbable title: the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

LA - Oil, tourism, seafood -- all hit in Louisiana virus fight

NEW ORLEANS — Every Labor Day weekend, St. Mary Parish celebrates two industries at a tourist event with a seemingly improbable title: the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

LA - Riding Reeboks great way to catch speckled trout in surf

Destrehan angler, a veteran wade fisherman, shares tactics he uses at Elmer’s Island

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Dredge is back in Destin and ready to finish what it started

With about a week’s worth of work left to do, the dredge broke in early April and had to go to Mobile, Alabama, for repairs.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - CPRA to Host 2023 Coastal Master Plan Technical Modeling Workshop Webinar

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) will host a technical modeling workshop webinar on Tuesday, June 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The purpose of the workshop is to provide technical audiences with an in-depth overview of the predictive modeling process and underlying assumptions that will be used for the 2023 Coastal Master Plan.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GOM - Interior Issues New Offshore Air Quality Regulations for Gulf of Mexico O&G Operations

WASHINGTON - In support of President Donald Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, the Department of the Interior (Department) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced a final rule to update air quality regulations for applicable BOEM activities in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska’s North Slope Borough.

Gulf of Mexico
Aquaculture

LA - Rebuilding oyster industry

The push from Senator Hewitt’s and the Oyster Task Force’s Concurrent Resolution will give the CPRA a second chance at combining hurricane protection with the rebuilding of the world’s greatest oyster industry in Louisiana.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - New program inspires outdoor family recreation while benefiting tourism businesses in Charlotte County

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, in collaboration with the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce, is inspiring outdoor family recreation while providing benefits to local tourism businesses in Charlotte County, through the sale of Englewood Youth Explorers (EYE) On Nature Youth Explorers Club Kid Paks at BestSideYourSide.com.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Tonnage Slips at Port Houston Amid Pandemic

Monthly cargo volumes at Port Houston declined in April as the coronavirus outbreak continued to impact commerce in the U.S. and across the world.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - I'm committed to wearing a mask to the beach; others not so much

Wearing a mask on the beach is like wearing a scarlet letter. People look at you with suspicion. They assume you are sick or afraid. Either way, you are the one with the problem.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

GOM - Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Proposes Expansion to Protect 14 Additional Reefs and Banks in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico

Some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world are located in the Gulf of Mexico, miles off the coast of Texas and Louisiana. Rising atop vast salt domes, three beautiful reefs – East and West Flower Garden Banks and Stetson Bank – are protected by NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Now, the sanctuary is proposing to expand to protect 14 additional reefs.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

U.S. weekly offshore rig count down to 15 units

The number of offshore rigs in the U.S. dropped by one unit over the last week, according to weekly rig count reports published last Friday by Baker Hughes Company.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - Trump order could allow floating fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico

Ocean Era of Hawaii plans to install an underwater net pen about 45 miles southwest of Sarasota. The project, called Velella Epsilon, would be capable of raising 20,000 almaco jack, a fish similar to amberjack, each year. Its permits are under review by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - State Senate committee sides with oil companies in fight over coastal parish lawsuits

Oil and gas companies won the first round Thursday night in a legislative effort to kill lawsuits filed against them by parish governments over the loss of coastal wetlands.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Determine Your Risk from a Hurricane

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Life and property can also be at risk hundreds of miles inland. The hazards, however, are not the same for all locations.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Expansion proposal for Flower Garden Banks sanctuary released

New boundaries proposed for the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary would protect Gulf habitat.

Gulf of Mexico
Aquaculture

MS - ‘Soybeans of the sea’: Mississippi battles against economic, environmental currents to reclaim oyster esteem

The value of oyster reefs, a habitat that has decreased by 85 percent worldwide in the last two centuries, is not lost on Mississippi’s leadership.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Everglades Trust singles out “Big Sugar,” but letters show broad coalition opposing lower lake levels

The Everglades Foundation/Trust, never folks to let a good crisis go to waste, is at it again. This time it’s the coronavirus pandemic. Another opportunity to spin a yarn and fleece the daylights out of the anti-sugar crowd.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Associate professor of Biology co-authors chapter in new conservation guidelines for Gulf

On the 10-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster, “Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines for the Northern Gulf of Mexico,” the first comprehensive, Gulf-wide monitoring framework for birds that provides a reference for everyone involved in conserving, protecting, and monitoring birds in the region, has been published.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - Coast Shrimpers Cling to Legacy Through the Industry’s Choppy Waters

BILOXI – Danny Ross, an Ocean Springs shrimper, has been on a boat for as long as he could walk. He remembers driving the family vessel as a kid, having to climb onto the dashboard to see over the steering wheel. “Two spokes to the left,” his dad would direct. He remembers, back on land, getting bad grades in art class because he would only draw one thing.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Galveston beaches to open May 1 with social distancing recommendations

Galveston public beaches will open Friday, May 1 with social distancing recommendations.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - How will tourism recover in Sarasota-Manatee?

Visitors bureaus have plans for how to encourage people to safely return to the area’s beaches, restaurants and cultural landmarks once it’s safe to do so.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Florida attorney Uhlfelder plans ‘Grim Reaper Beach Tour’

Saturday Night Live kinda jumped the gun on attorney Daniel Uhlfelder’s plan to walk Walton County’s beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Looser Restrictions on Fishing Threatens Bluefin Tuna, Suit Says

The National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to reopen two areas to pelagic longline fishing puts Western Atlantic bluefin tuna at risk and violated four federal laws, according to a lawsuit filed in a Maryland federal court.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

TX - City of Galveston announces beaches will partially reopen to the public

With the state of Texas eyeing a return to normal operations, City of Galveston officials have voted on a partial opening of its public beaches.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

MS - A Flood of Catastrophe: How a warming climate and the Bonnet Carré Spillway threaten the survival of Coast fishermen

On a warm, sunny September morning, bait salesman Roscoe Liebig scanned the harbor’s vacant piers and shook his head in disgust. Liebig recalled his usual surroundings: a full parking lot, a line of fishermen hooking their bait, and oysters peeking out in a low tide. That day, all of it was gone.

Southeast
Science

FL - NOAA gives USF $227K grant to study red tide

The University of South Florida has received a grant worth more than $200,000 to study red tide and its impacts on Florida.

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Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - Texas Oil Port Hit by One-Two Punch: Falling Demand and Overproduction

Corpus Christi has become the largest energy exporter in the United States, but several expansion projects have been delayed or scuttled, threatening jobs and investments.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Major Milestone for Houston Ship Channel Expansion

The Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received a signed Chief of Engineers Report (Chief’s Report) for the proposed Houston Ship Channel (HSC) Expansion Project on April 23.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

TX - Port of Galveston to consider budget cuts today

The Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees today will for the first time consider adjusting its budget to reflect the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - Charlotte County beaches busy as they reopen; leaders stress caution is necessary

The first Southwest Florida beaches reopened Monday morning as Charlotte County is letting people back on to Port Charlotte Beach and Englewood Beach.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Visitors flock to the beach as Texas resort town reopens

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — People are back out on the sand and in the water as beaches opened across South Padre Island today.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Gulf - BOEM announces availability of two new studies on renewable energy in the Gulf of Mexico

BOEM announces availability of two new studies on renewable energy in the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Tampa Bay tourism looking to focus on 'brighter days ahead'

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is launching a new campaign to re-attract visitors to the area post-COVID-19.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - Santa Rosa County Commission votes to re-open Navarre Beach

Santa Rosa County will re-open Navarre Beach in a series of phases beginning May 1, becoming the latest Panhandle county to initiate a gradual re-opening of local beaches as health officials say the curve of COVID-19 cases is beginning to flatten.

Mid-Atlantic
Science

Great White Shark Unama'ki heading into the open ocean may be sign she is pregnant

A 2,000-pound great white shark called Unama'ki appears to be heading away from the coastal waters of the United States and moving into the open ocean.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - ‘They’re killing us,’ Texas residents say of Trump rollbacks

Danielle Nelson’s best monitor for the emissions billowing out of the oil refineries and chemical plants surrounding her home: The heaving chest of her 9-year-old asthmatic son.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Tyndall rebuilds to become 'climate-resilient'

Nearly 100 million people read People magazine, and for its Earth Day issue, millions of people were reading about Tyndall Air Force Base. The article focuses on Tyndall's rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Michael and how officials are planning to design a climate-resilient base.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

'Where The Land Used To Be

Photos Show Louisiana Coast 10 Years After BP Oil Spill

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - Ten years after the BP oil spill, restoration offers hope for the Gulf

On April 20, 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and spewing an estimated 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the following 87 days. It was the largest oil spill in U.S. history, and it wreaked incredible harm on the ecosystem, wildlife and communities of the Gulf.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

LA - 10 years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a look back at lost islands

When BP’s oil began soaking the shoreline of Cat Island in Plaquemines Parish weeks after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, P.J. Hahn knew the island and its inhabitants were in trouble.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - 10 years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a look back at lost islands

Despite billions of dollars in restoration money, some places are probably lost forever

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

AL - A timeline of Deepwater Horizon disaster in Alabama

April 21, 2010: Rescue operations begin, along with efforts to fight the fire burning on the rig since an explosion about 10 p.m. the night before. U.S. Coast Guard officials report that helicopters from the Aviation Training Center in Mobile raised at least eight people to safety. “It’s been pretty much continuous operation since the first aircraft departed right at 11 p.m.,” Lt. Jeremy Loeb said.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - BP, partners have spent $71 billion over 10 years on Deepwater Horizon disaster

CNT: BP subsequently determined it would have been cheaper to have complied with the rules and properly secured the well.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Sarasota sand project to be completed in days

ENGLEWOOD — The Sarasota County portion of Manasota Key’s beach renourishment project could wrap up within a week, finishing the project before sea turtle nesting season begins.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - USACE to hold public scoping meetings on Corpus Christi channel deepening project

On April 7, The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District published a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Port Corpus Christi’s proposed channel deepening project. To ensure that all of the issues related to this proposed project are addressed, the Corps will conduct public scoping meetings, at which agencies, organizations, and members of the general public present comments or suggestions with regard to the range of actions, alternatives, and potential impacts to be considered in the EIS.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - How can “private” not be private? A property owner's opinion.

District Court Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola declined an emergency motion on Monday that would exempt Walton County beachfront property owners from an order closing all the county’s beaches.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Coastal fish populations didn’t crash after the Deepwater Horizon spill – why not?

When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released 4 to 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, some early projections estimated that the toll on fisheries could reach US$5-10 billion by 2020. Chemicals in crude oil may affect fish and other marine creatures directly, through their toxicity, or indirectly by harming their food or habitat, and the effects can be immediate or long-term.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - Critical pelican nesting ground restored, 10 years after BP oil spill

Louisiana has lost more than half its brown pelican colonies in the past decade. Using fines from the spill, an important island habitat gets a makeover.

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