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.

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

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

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