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News in Brief- March 7, 2018

News in Brief- March 7, 2018

LWF Commission to amend the inside/outside shrimp line 

BATON ROUGE, La, - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has approved a Notice of Intent to adjust the inside/outside shrimp line of demarcation. This line is used to separate the “inside” waters of the state from the “outside” waters, which are regulated separately. Generally, “outside” waters are those beyond the beach line.

Changes to the current boundary line were necessary due to land loss and erosion caused by storm surge, tidal movements and other natural causes. Approximately, 61,000 acres will be added to the states outside waters. Proposed changes to the boundary line were made using 2015 satellite imagery.

Public comments pertaining to the proposed rule may be submitted from March 2, through April 26, 2018. Following final approval of the rule, the updated boundary line would be made effective September 1, 2018.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 1213 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601, or via e-mail to


Oklahoma adds 3 rigs as US rig count increases to 981

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 981.

That exceeds the 756 rigs that were active this time a year ago.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 800 rigs drilled for oil this week and 181 for gas.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma increased by three rigs, Alaska and Pennsylvania each gained two rigs and New Mexico and Texas each increased by one.

Colorado decreased by three rigs, North Dakota lost two rigs and Louisiana lost one.

Arkansas, California, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.