When the news broke that Louisiana would have to wait at least 2½ years to get federal permits for a critical sediment diversion, many people in the coastal restoration community were shocked.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards had both good news and bad news for those who gathered Thursday to discuss Louisiana's shrinking coastline.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A company's neglect to report a spill has allowed up to 18,480 gallons of oil to stagnate uncleaned in the wetlands of Iberville Parish for at least six months, regulators said Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The federal government's flood insurance program has yet to pay out on hundreds of policies on buildings that flooded in August, FEMA said.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
More than 600 families in the the Baton Rouge area are still living in hotels after last August's flood.
Monday, February 13, 2017
A November fire at the Exxon Mobile refinery in Baton Rouge that sent four workers to a hospital burn unit started after an operator disassembled a piece of equipment during maintenance, causing a release of flammable isobutane.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
President Donald Trump on Saturday approved a federal disaster declaration for Orleans and Livingston parishes following powerful tornadoes that devastated New Orleans East and Watson on Tuesday.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Opponents of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline are holding up Thursday night's fire on a natural gas line in St. Charles Parish as evidence of the danger pipelines pose, but regulators note that comparing the two are like "apples and oranges."
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
NAPOLEONVILLE — Conservationists clashed with oil-and-gas professionals again Wednesday night over the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline.
Monday, February 06, 2017
The flood that rocked Louisiana last summer was likely stronger than a so-called 500-year event in some places, new research suggests.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Even as legislators excoriated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the failure to build the Comite River Diversion Canal, experts told a committee Wednesday that the long-delayed project would not be the silver bullet to solve flooding in the Bat…
Monday, January 23, 2017
Federal funding for the Comite River Diversion Canal is so erratic that state officials may want to consider heavily revising or even scrapping the 25-year-old plan, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Monday.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
GONZALES — Armed with new data from the August flood, Ascension Parish officials are going to revisit an old idea to dredge Bayou Manchac with the goal of improving drainage in the Spanish Lake and Bluff Swamp areas where water pooled for weeks la…
An oil spill in Carencro that originated Sunday morning from 10 gallons of oil dumped into a storm drain has been contained by 4 p.m.
Friday, January 20, 2017
State environmental officials say they don't expect to roll back certain air quality regulations under the Donald Trump administration.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
GONZALES – Emergency workers continued early Thursday to clean up a significant amount of hydrochloric acid that spilled from a ruptured rail tank car in Ascension Parish’s industrial corridor late Wednesday.
Ascension sheriff’s deputies said it could take several hours to finish and suggested at least part of Ashland Road could be closed when commuters head to the plants early Thursday morning for work.
State environmental regulators have delayed a decision whether to allow the expansion of BFI Colonial Landfill while they try to pin down the source of foul odors that have sparked complaints from neighbors of the big dump near Sorrento.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Louisiana environmental groups are gearing up for round two in a battle against a proposed 163-mile oil pipeline that would stretch across south Louisiana from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin and east to St. James.
Monday, January 16, 2017
A vocal critic and next-door neighbor of the BFI Colonial Landfill south of Sorrento was arrested Monday morning after she yelled at workers about the noxious smell from the dump and fired her shotgun into the air, sheriff's deputies said.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Crawfish farmers and retailers alike are starting to get an idea of what their upcoming season will be like following a roller coaster year for weather marked by record setting rainfall and historic floods.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Before they become pets in Turkey or ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine, many of the world's commercially-sold turtles hatch in Louisiana.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
A crowd of more than 400 — thick with environmentalists, crawfishermen and oil-and-gas workers — packed into a Thursday permit hearing in Baton Rouge on a proposed 163-mile oil pipeline that would cut through the Atchafalaya Basin and span much of…
Owners of a Geismar chemical plant have agreed to pay a $1.4 million fine for failing to properly dispose of hazardous waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.
Monday, January 02, 2017
HENDERSON — Officials in Henderson are showing some support, with reservations, for the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline, a $670 million project that would cross 11 parishes and cut across the Atchafalaya Basin.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
The rainy New Year’s Eve pushed Baton Rouge beyond the 1989 rainfall record, making 2016 the wettest year in the city’s known history and topping the previous mark of 88.32 inches.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Almost half of the 129,000 applications for disaster assistance from individuals and households after the August storms that inundated Louisiana came from areas considered to be at a lower risk of flooding, new federal data show.
Monday, December 26, 2016
In recent years, considerable buzz has focused on the health of a small, but critically important, insect — the honeybee.
Environmental groups in Louisiana are gearing up to fight a proposed 162-mile oil pipeline that would cut through the Atchafalaya Basin, a project involving the same companies building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline between North Dakota …
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Hazardous material teams from the State Police and Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a chlorine leak at a water treatment facility on Blackwater Road, south of La. 64 in Zachary, according to the State Police.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The Water Institute of the Gulf conducted a worldwide search for its next leader, but found the right fit in its own backyard.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
The National Weather Service is anticipating wind chills in the low to mid 20s along and north of Interstate 12 and into Baton Rouge Sunday late night and Monday morning.
Living in southern Louisiana without flood insurance is an even bigger gamble after this news from researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research: If the climate continues to warm, the big thunderstorms that cause flash flooding proba…
Thursday, December 15, 2016
SORRENTO — Russel Honoré, the retired Army lieutenant general who is now an outspoken environmental activist, has called on the state Department of Environmental Quality “to do your job” and block a proposed expansion of the BFI Colonial Landfill.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
SORRENTO — After the urging of Ascension Parish Council members in late October, state environmental officials plan a public hearing 6 p.m. Thursday and will offer an extended public comment period over proposed changes to a previously planned exp…
Boosted by the "fluke-ishly wet" amount of rain in August that led to the devastating floods, Baton Rouge is now on pace to break its record rainfall for the year, according to National Weather Service data.
Renovations to Istrouma High School got underway in early November, but school officials Wednesday morning held a ceremonial groundbreaking to commemorate the revival of this north Baton Rouge institution.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Iberville Parish's top emergency preparedness official said Tuesday she's not happy about Dow Chemical's failure to quickly alert her office to last week's chlorine release at its Plaquemine facility or with its failure to adequately inform them o…
Monday, December 05, 2016
PLAQUEMINE — A sugar cane burn may have caused the massive power outage last week that crippled operations at the Dow Chemical plant, sparking a chlorine leak from one of the plant's tenants, according to an Entergy Louisiana statement Monday.
Friday, December 02, 2016
DOW Chemical spokeswoman Stacey Chiasson said they were in the process of restoring power to the plant as of 5:45 p.m. which she said will help the company stop the leak. No injuries have been reported, she said, and everyone in the plant is accounted for.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The five Gulf states are getting nearly $370 million for 24 projects to restore natural resources damaged by the massive 2010 oil spill, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced Tuesday.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
John Price is a Louisiana rancher. But instead of hooves and horns, his livestock have scales and claws, and sometimes they put their food into what's known as a "death roll."
Thursday, November 03, 2016
The EPA is giving the East Baton Rouge Parish school system $773,000 to replace 30 of its diesel school buses over the next two years with more eco-friendly propane-powered buses.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ready to declare the Baton Rouge area in compliance with federal ozone standards, the agency announced Tuesday, an achievement for the area's decades-long effort to hit tightening federal pollution targets.