Months after drilling ban was lifted, Gulf businesses still struggle
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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 Iraqi Kurds have agreed to send fighters to help Kobane fend off the Islamic State. Critics say Turkey’s foot-dragging on the siege alienated its allies.
ByAlexander Christie-Miller, Correspondent
The decision by Iraq’s Kurdish regional government to send fighters with heavy weapons to reinforce the beleaguered Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane is offering hope to its defenders, who have been holding off fighters from the self-declared Islamic State in a 37-day siege.