| Aug 6, 2014
| 9:20 PM
MEXICO CITY Mexico's plan to radically expand its energy sector passed its final legislative hurdle Wednesday, leaving behind 76 years of state monopoly for an uncertain future driven by competition.
The Mexican Senate voted 90-27 to pass the so-called...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 11:48 AM
With their goofy grin and spray of 40 to 50 flame-blue eyeballs, scallops are some of the cutest critters in the sea.
That is not their appeal, however, to creatures ranging from tiny snails to tattooed humans.
"It's kind of bad to be so tasty,"...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 12:32 PM
Scientists say a man-made "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico is as big as the state of Connecticut.
The zone, which at about 5,000 square miles is the second largest in the world but still smaller than in previous years, is so named because it contains...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 5:20 AM
COLUMBIA, S.C. As the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season begins to heat up this summer so does the ocean surface in the equatorial Pacific, and that's good news for South Carolina.
The warming in the Pacific, known as El Nino, affects weather patterns...
| Apr 19, 2014
How many roads must a travel columnist go down?
More than enough to compile a list of favorite scenic highways from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, from South Florida to the Georgia border. While the view often includes postcard-worthy...
| May 18, 2014
| 6:58 PM
Every two weeks, a swath of Louisiana the size of this city's French Quarter vanishes into the Gulf of Mexico. Since the 1930s, the state has lost nearly 1,900 square miles, a quarter of its coastal land area.
For decades, oil and gas companies cut...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 12:17 PM
A pickup in offshore drilling is swelling the order books of the handful of helicopter operators that shuttle oil workers to and from remote rigs. Their stock prices, depressed after Big Oil's recent spending cuts, could also be readying for take-off....
| Jun 6, 2014
| 9:48 AM
Design problems with a blowout prevention system contributed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, and the same equipment is still commonly used in drilling four years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a report issued by the...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 5:22 PM
Oil spilled from a barge in Galveston Bay in Texas, blocking the busy Houston Ship Channel and threatening birds at a nearby wildlife sanctuary, officials and environmentalists said.
U.S. Coast Guard officials said as much as 168,000 gallons of oil...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 1:58 PM
One of the nation's busiest seaports partially reopened to ship traffic on Tuesday after it had been closed because of a weekend oil spill in the waters near Houston, Coast Guard announced.
Traffic resumed flowing through the Houston Ship Channel...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Scientists have cracked a cellular biology mystery underlying a harmful effect oil spills have on fish: irregular heartbeats that can lead to cardiac arrest.
In studying the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on bluefin tuna spawning in the...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The Big 5: Breaking down oyster types
The name of an oyster sometimes is a nod to their home waters (such as Wellfleet oysters from Wellfleet, Mass.) and sometimes is just a marketing whim, like Naked Cowboys named after the New York's underwear-...