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
Pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev on Monday offering new technical support to the Ukrainian government to implement energy and economic reforms.
Richard Balmforth and Aleksandar Vasovic, Reuters /
April 21, 2014
An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.