Gulf of Mexico News

Update: Earl Weakens from Hurricane to Tropical Storm as It Crosses Belize

Tropical Storm Earl* will continue to weaken as it crosses Belize after coming ashore early Thursday with drenching rains and hurricane-strength winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Earl was 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Belize City with top …

Update: Tropical Storm Earl Set to Become a Hurricane as It Heads to Belize

Tropical Storm Earl, forecast to grow into a hurricane, may just graze Mexico’s oil-rich Bay of Campeche as it heads west toward the Honduras Bay Islands before making landfall in Belize within the next 24 hours. Earl was 265 miles …

Storm Brewing Over Yucatan Peninsula Threatens Texas and Louisiana

The Atlantic’s second storm of the year may be developing over the Yucatan Peninsula, with the potential to reach Texas and Louisiana and flood Houston for the second time in a month. Thunderstorms moving northwest from the Yucatan along the …

Non-Covered Claims May Exhaust Primary Limits, Trigger Umbrella

A recent ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana clarified that an umbrella policy may be triggered even when the underlying insurance is exhausted by claims that would not be covered by the umbrella policy itself. The …

Tropical Depression in Gulf of Mexico Strengthens, Closes Ports

A tropical depression in the southern Gulf of Mexico is strengthening, prompting the closure of two top oil export terminals, and could unleash life-threatening flooding, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. The depression, called Ten, was expected …

Rebel Claimants In BP Spill Settlement Get Expedited Hearing

A U.S. appeals court will hold an expedited hearing for a small group of claimants in a Gulf spill settlement with BP Plc, with oral arguments set for the week of Nov. 4, the court said. BP’s settlement with individuals …

NHC Tracking TS Erin; Weather Front over Yucatan

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is currently tracking Tropical Storm Erin – the fifth named storm of the season – as well as a weather front, currently over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, which has a 60 percent chance of becoming …

Evacuations Start at Some U.S. Gulf Offshore Operations on Storm Threat

Some Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operators began evacuating workers from offshore facilities on Thursday as a low-pressure system threatened to strengthen into a cyclone. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning that a weather disturbance in the …

Well Leaks Natural Gas in Gulf Off Louisiana Coast

Natural gas began leaking on July 8 from an old, non-producing well at an oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles off the Louisiana coast after a crew working to plug the well lost control …

Florida Becomes 4th State to Sue BP Over Oil Spill

The state of Florida filed a lawsuit last Saturday against British oil company BP and cement contractor Halliburton over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, becoming the fourth U.S. state to seek damages for the 2010 disaster. The suit, among other …