Months after drilling ban was lifted, Gulf businesses still struggle
A worker from Johnny’s Propeller Shop in Morgan City, La., makes a repair underwater. The shop services ships that work with the oil rigs. Business fell hard when the drilling moratorium was imposed after the BP spill. The shop manager hopes that the lifting of the ban and tough new rules on boat safety will bring more work. Melanie Stetson Freeman
Danny Acosta (left) and Michael Leon work at Johnny’s Propeller Shop. The six-month moratorium on deep-water oil drilling hit Morgan City hard. Though the ban was lifted in mid-October, new regulations have delayed drilling’s return. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Ray Walters says his Amelia, La.-based firm was left $1 million in debt when Mississippi canceled a contract for his state of the art oil-skimming equipment. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Downtown Morgan City, La.: The town relies almost exclusively on the oil industry to keep its economy strong. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Lee Delaune (seated), director of the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, and his assistant, Ella Lee Darce, say the Labor Day festival this past year was the biggest it has ever been because the oil spill attracted so much attention to the region. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
A shrimp boat is docked near downtown Morgan City. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
At Johnny's Propeller Shop, Douglas Hernandes works on a propeller. During the moratorium, the company worked mostly on tugboats. New safety regulations may mean more business for him. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
The former Italian prime minister had a prison sentence for a tax fraud conviction commuted to community service for one year.
Colleen Barry, Associated Press /
April 15, 2014
Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi must spend at least four hours a week in the service of the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud conviction, the first sentence against him ever confirmed by Italy's highest court.