For one offshore worker, the miracle of the season is that he is still alive to experience it. After the boat where he was working had an explosion, crew members were left clinging to a life raft awaiting rescue.
The Louisiana coastline is still feeling the effect of the BP oil spill of 2010. Daily collections of tar wash up on the Gulf coast shores. The Coast Guard is trying to determine the long-term environmental effects.
The saga of the 2010 BP oil spill seemed to have come to an end after the parties reached a settlement last year. The uncapped class-action settlement was set to bring relief to individuals and businesses who were injured from the oil spill. Now, however, a new dispute threatens to undo the entire deal.
The Louisiana oil industry was in the news again recently when two former workers filed suit against their previous employer. The suit is the result of injuries sustained during a 2012 explosion on an oil platform. A consultant's report reviewing the incident, and performed independent of the legal action, concluded that the fault lies at the hands of a subcontractor.
The major BP oil spill near Louisiana will leave lasting environmental issues in the Gulf. Offshore drilling is a source of fuel and jobs for many in this state. However, the inherent dangers of the job and its potential for negative environmental effects are leading some researchers to look to other fuel sources. For one researcher, the road has led to an unusual solution: yeast.
New Orleans, Louisiana, residents may remember the devastating offshore accident between a towboat and an oil tanker in 2008 that resulted a spill of approximately 283,000 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River near their city. A large stretch of the river remained closed for six days as dozens of ships remained grounded.