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LA - Geologist: Industry must collaborate with scientists on coastal land loss

The presidents of two energy lobbying groups recently lamented the shenanigans currently going on in the Louisiana Legislature in support of the coastal lawsuits.

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Science

LA - Rerouting the Mississippi River could build new land—and save a retreating coast

Rerouting the Mississippi River could build new land—and save a retreating coast

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Gulf of Mexico - 3D map finds mud-spewing volcanoes, 200-mile deepwater river on Gulf of Mexico floor

This seafloor mound found during the mapping was created “from the interplay of basin subsidence and vertical migration of salt,” experts say.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - Why every public conversation about climate change policy should include a Texan

When it comes to climate change impacts and energy production, all roads lead to Texas.

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Local

La - St. Bernard Parish council votes against Barataria diversion project

Fishermen argue the plan to replenish land could cost them their catch

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Energy

Gulf of Mexico - 11 Years After Deepwater Horizon, Safety Efforts Continue

On 20 April 2010, a kick and blowout in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a series of explosions that killed 11 people and started an environmental disaster. Now, 11 years later, government and industry continue the drive to improve safety.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - 11 Wells Plugged at Padre Island National Seashore

Ten orphaned oil and gas wells and an associated groundwater well at Padre Island National Seashore were recently plugged as part of Restore the Gulf, a program that uses Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill funding to clean up the Gulf of Mexico shoreline from South Texas to Eastern Florida.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Gulf of Mexico - GAO: Drillers left behind 18,000 miles of old pipelines

Federal regulators have allowed the oil and gas industry to leave more than 97 percent of all decommissioned pipelines on the Gulf of Mexico seafloor since the 1960s, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office.

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Energy

LA - Experts say renewable energy poses opportunity, not a threat, to Louisiana

In his first week in office, President Joe Biden signed executive orders to eliminate many federal subsidies for fossil fuels starting next year and pause new oil and gas permits on federal lands.

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Science

Gulf of Mexico - Microorganisms on the Rio Grande Rise are a basis for life and a possible origin of metals

Researchers conducted the first large-scale survey of the microbiota present in the seamount's ferromanganese crusts, describing bacteria and archaea involved in the nutrient cycle and formation of metals

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - SpaceX Seeks OK to Expand South Texas Launch Facilities

SpaceX requested the permit modification so it can move ahead with the expansion and addition of pads for testing, orbital launches and landing; towers for loading payloads into rockets; and other requests.

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Advocacy

TX - EPA, FWS says SpaceX expansion will adversely affect environment

Federal agencies are saying SpaceX’s plans to expand its Boca Chica facility will “adversely affect” the surrounding environment, documents show.

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Advocacy

Failure at Piney Point: Florida let environmental risk fester despite warnings

How Florida blew a chance to close Piney Point for good in favor of a risky plan to turn a profit at the abandoned phosphate plant.

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Justice

Gulf of Mexico - Lawsuit Sheds Light on Serious Drillship Incident in Gulf of Mexico During 2020’s Hurricane Zeta

A former senior engineer on board a Transocean drillship in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has filed a civil lawsuit alleging the offshore drilling contractor and its business partners put profits and production over safety by failing to disconnect from a deepwater well in time as a hurricane was bearing down on them last October.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

More climate extremes ahead for Galveston County, experts agree

The science has long been clear that our changing climate will lead to more flooding and hotter summer temperatures. But might climate change also lead to other, less expected extreme weather, including sudden hard freezes in places like Texas, with increasing frequency?

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Here's what to know about permits for proposed Corpus Christi desalination plants

Permitting to build and operate seawater desalination plants can take years to move through the process, from concept and technical study to public feedback and state approval.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

LA - Tempers flare as community discusses coastal restoration project

BELLE CHASSE, La. – Hundreds of Plaquemines Parish residents don’t like the state’s plan to rebuild Louisiana’s coast and they’re worried about what they say the plan will destroy.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GOM - Who Wins if the USA Gulf of Mexico Loses Out?

A temporary U.S. federal moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases has been in place since January as part of a Biden administration executive order to review new fossil fuel leasing and permitting practices, amid other climate change initiatives to reduce carbon emissions.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

MS - Conservation groups sue Engineer Corps over Yazoo Pumps

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a massive flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta they say was hastily approved in the final days of the Trump administration.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history provides model for climate adaptation

In the wake of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, President Biden’s administration has turned its sights from rescue to resilience in the newly announced American Jobs Plan that would invest $650 billion in rebuilding infrastructure nationwide.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

USA - BP strikes oil in delayed deepwater Gulf of Mexico well

Oil major BP has made an oil discovery at the Puma West prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Louisiana’s biggest barrier island restoration yet, $167M

TRINITY-EAST ISLAND, La. (AP) — Dredges, pumps and bulldozers are at work on Louisiana’s biggest barrier island restoration yet, a $167 million project using BP oil spill money.

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