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.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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
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.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A project that would divert a part of the mighty Mississippi River into coastal wetlands to help build and stabilize Louisiana’s shrinking coast took another step forward Wednesday.
AT&T has given the nonprofit City Year $250,000 to expand its service to Broadmoor High School, its first high school in the Capital City.
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Mini Maker Faire features makers of all kinds with demonstrations, workshops and hands-on activities. The event was held at the East Baton Rouge Library Main Branch.
Louisiana leads the country in properties that are repeatedly swamped by water and rebuilt using flood insurance payments, with state residents receiving $1.2 billion since 1978 for damage to houses and businesses that have flooded multiple times.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Even as Hurricane Matthew rolled up the east coast of Florida Friday morning, some people were casting a worried eye at the forecasted track of the storm, expected to loop back south starting Sunday and possibly even head into the Gulf of Mexico.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The new slogan to bring renewed attention to reducing littering in the Bayou State bears a simple message: "Love the boot, don't pollute."
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Louisiana ranks near the bottom in the nation for energy efficiency, according to the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released Tuesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Monday, September 26, 2016
PLAQUEMINE — Four men injured in the 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant were awarded a total of $13.6 million in damages after an Iberville Parish jury late Monday night ruled the company, several plant officials and its parent c…
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
With billions of dollars in coastal restoration projects in the works, the state would like to see a little give from the federal government by forgiving a $1.6 billion cost share for the New Orleans area levee work after Hurricane Katrina.
Fall 2016 starts on Thursday, finally giving people living in the vicinity of Baton Rouge and Lafayette the chance to say goodbye to the rainiest summer ever recorded in either Louisiana city.
Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to step up the fight to win damages from oil and gas companies for their role in damaging Louisiana's wetlands over many decades, saying Wednesday that he wants all coastal parishes to join in litigation against the ene…
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The salt water seeping through the Baton Rouge fault, getting ever closer to wells used to get water for drinking and industrial purposes, isn’t where the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation Commission expected it to be.
Monday, September 19, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a three-year, $328 million restoration strategy for Gulf of Mexico coastal parishes and counties Monday in response to damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
More than six years have passed since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil, and later this month officials from state and federal agencies responsible for overseeing recovery e…
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
An air permit approved last year for the Yuhuang Chemical Inc. plant in St. James Parish has been sent back to the state for more work after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed with environmental groups that the permit is not up to par.
One week remains for those interested in voting in the Cox Conserves Heroes program which honors Louisiana residents for their environmental work with a $20,000 prize going to the nonprofit of their choice.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
With $100 million a year payments looming to repay the federal government for the state's share of the cost of the stronger post-Katrina New Orleans levee system, the state is trying to sell the idea that billions of dollars in coastal restoration…