Coast Guard

The Coast Guard enforces federal laws on the high seas and waters within U.S. territorial jurisdiction, develops and operates aids to navigation and maintains a network of lifeboat and search-and-rescue stations using surface vessels and aircraft.

Obama reinstates ban on offshore oil drilling

The Obama administration this week announced that it will not allow offshore oil drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said the area in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico that remains under a congressional…more

Tar balls found in commercial shrimper’s net

“Out of an abundance of caution,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week closed 4,213 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to royal red shrimping. The precautionary measure was taken after a commercial shrimper, having hauled in his catch of the deepwater shrimp, discovered tar balls in…more

GAO: small-boat security can be elusive

The Government Accountability Office told a U.S. Senate panel that the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to track all small boats with transponders or in other ways might not be effective. The GAO says the methods could be limited because of the number of such vessels and the difficulty of identifying threatening actions. Other problems…more

Coast Guard honors boy who saved his grandfather

A Coast Guard official and congressman on Monday presented a 9-year-old boy from Jonesport, Maine, with the Coast Guard Certificate of Valor. Matthew Drisko was recognized for heroic actions while helping to rescue his grandfather May 26, 2009, during a fishing trip. The man became tangled in a line and fell overboard into 44-degree water.…more

Gulf oil spill: six months later

It was six months ago today that an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig led to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. “Reflections from the Gulf,” in today’s Washington Post, takes a look at how lives have changed for those dependent on the Gulf for their livelihood and way of life. “There’ve been…more

Captain honored for response in Gulf rig explosion

Lloyds List gave Capt. Alwin Landry its Shipmaster of the Year Award for his actions after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in April that triggered the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The accident resulted in a stream of footage of environmental damage and daily concerns about when the flow of oil…more

Settle with BP or sue? Spill claimants weigh options

Thousands of business owners, fishermen and others along the Gulf Coast are deciding whether to accept funds from BP now or sue the company and hope for a bigger payday in the future. “Is the shrimp going to come back? Are the oysters going to survive? Are we going to have a market?,” asked George…more

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Gulf business is getting back on track

On slowly rising waves, normalcy is returning to the region’s dealers and yards after the oil spill During the first week of August, something unusual occurred at Emerald Coast Yachts, a charter business and ASA sailing school in Pensacola Beach, Fla. The phone rang. Peggy Van Sleen, the company’s co-owner, says no new business had…more

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Gulf spill leads builder back to his roots

New Orleans native designs ‘Piranha’ skimmers to aid cleanup effort in estuaries, offshore Megayacht designer Jon Overing grew up sailing on the Gulf of Mexico and has lived most of his life along the Gulf. So it’s natural that when the clarion call went out for ideas and technology to save this resource from the…more

Official: Gulf well is permanently sealed

The BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico – source of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history – has been permanently killed, a top federal official announced Sunday. Thad Allen, the federal spill response chief, said pressure tests confirmed that BP’s effort to intersect the well and plug it with cement nearly…more

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