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.

Nebraska bill would ban alcohol on waterways

A Nebraska state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban open containers of alcohol on the state’s lakes and rivers. “I do not think you should have open containers on a boat, particularly while it’s moving,” state Sen. John Harms told the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper. “There’s not much difference than being in an…more

Commission outlines steps to prevent oil spills

The Obama administration, Congress and the oil industry must do more to prevent the kind of spill that befouled the Gulf of Mexico last year, a special presidential commission says. “It is our government’s responsibility that exploration and extraction occur in ways that are beneficial to the country,” commission chairman Bob Graham said in a…more

AP poll: Gulf oil spill is 2010’s top story

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill, triggered by a deadly blast at a rig used by BP, was the top news story of 2010, followed by the divisive health care overhaul, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of editors and news directors. The oil spill received 54 first-place votes out of 180 ballots cast…more

Coast Guard faults uncertified charter tour

The Coast Guard admonished a Newport Beach Harbor, Calif., commissioner’s private company last week for appearing to offer bay tours without proper certification, officials said. Commissioner Ralph Rodheim’s Balboa Boat Rentals offered narrated nightly tours of the bay’s lighted boats and homes. But his tour boats aren’t certified for commercial charters and his company does…more

Official: Gulf oil spill won’t have lasting impact

The long-term impact of the Gulf Coast disaster could be relatively minor and the Gulf of Mexico is likely to fully recover from the April oil spill, the government-appointed compensation chief said Monday. Speaking to USA Today’s editorial board, Ken Feinberg said his prediction is based on opinions the government has solicited from experts. “We’re…more

‘Quick pay’ offered for Gulf oil spill victims

People and businesses affected by the BP Gulf oil spill will be able to receive a check almost immediately if they give up their right to sue. Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Kenneth R. Feinberg announced the new “quick pay” program on Monday. Individuals can get $5,000 and businesses can get $25,000 without submitting any…more

Gulf oil spill claims abound in South Florida

More than 10,000 businesses and individuals in South Florida have filed claims or federal lawsuits against BP for the damage done following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20. Claims have come from all types of South Florida businesses and residents. They include commercial fishermen, marinas, restaurants, hotels, real estate agents, waterfront…more

New York groups plan safe-boating campaign

New York Sea Grant, the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York and Marathon Boat Group will introduce the 2011 edition of the Discover Clean & Safe Boating campaign Thursday at the association’s meeting in Cicero, N.Y. “The Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York is pleased to partner with this program because our member…more

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

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