Like other Louisiana denizens, crawfish rode out the recent cold by bundling up and lazing around. Except, when the crustaceans burrow into the mud to ward off the chill, they enter a special dormant state.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Opposition to the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline is heating up as environmental groups turn to the courts to challenge not just the regulators who allowed the project, but the company behind the venture.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
WASHINGTON — For more than a half-century, the United States government has been the only big-time player in the flood-insurance market, underwriting the vast majority of home and business policies while largely relegating private insurers to a ni…
Friday, January 12, 2018
The Atchafalaya Basinkeeper and other environmentalists have sued the Army Corps of Engineers for granting a permit to allow the construction of the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline.
Monday, January 08, 2018
Federal authorities have recommended fining an energy company nearly $1.5 million after it failed to install pollution control devices at three of its plants, including one in Addis, allowing the release of potentially harmful substances.
Friday, January 05, 2018
A state judge is weighing arguments about whether to overturn a necessary permit for Bayou Bridge, the proposed crude oil pipeline that would connect Lake Charles to St. James Parish.
Thursday, January 04, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency has informed state officials that it intends to label the Baton Rouge area as out of compliance with national air quality standards, a move that affects permitting standards for new or expanded industrial facilities.
South Louisianians have been especially mindful of late of their leafy neighbors: the sycamores, cypresses, live oaks and sweet gums that lend their shade and literally hold the community together.
Monday, December 25, 2017
In Louisiana's ongoing fight against invasive wild swine, state officials are hopeful that a new product — a toxic bait, or hog poison — may help finally turn the tide against the porcine menace.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
After nearly two years of deliberations, the state has entered negotiations to purchase a 515-acre sugar cane farm near Thibodaux where officials hope to resettle the residents of Isle de Jean Charles, an island in south Terrebonne Parish that is …
Monday, December 18, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
A shortfall in Louisiana’s expected share of federal offshore oil and gas royalties is forcing the state to delay some critical coastal restoration projects and a program that helps fund infrastructure improvements.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
The Bayou Bridge pipeline, a controversial crude oil line proposed through the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin, cleared key permitting thresholds Thursday and is closing in on a construction start.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Baton Rouge will be a hub for water research on the Louisiana coast and worldwide from Texas to the Vietnam's Mekong Delta, authorities said Tuesday before opening the Center for Coastal and Deltaic Solutions on the Water Campus.
Monday, December 11, 2017
The federal government failed vulnerable whale, turtle and fish species when it allowed oil companies to release their waste into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year, a conservationist group argues.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
South Louisiana has been left in a sort of limbo status since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent mixed signals about the region's air quality.
Friday, December 08, 2017
When Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the northeast coast in 2012, it was only rated a Category 1, belying the storm's actual destructive potential. Stephanie Pilkington recalled that meteorologists warned at the time that the official designat…
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Louisiana researchers are getting the lion's share of $10.8 million of BP oil settlement money to figure out ways to make offshore drilling safer and prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
More than 500 Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile homes have been shuttled from Louisiana to Texas to house victims of Hurricane Harvey, the agency announced Wednesday.
Environmental groups are demanding that builders of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline turn over project records, including internal company communications, arguing that they are subject to release under Louisiana's public records law.
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke vowed to use his clout to fast-track coastal restoration projects during a Saturday visit to Louisiana.
Friday, December 01, 2017
Louisiana politicians will take Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on a tour of south Louisiana Saturday to discuss the federal government's role in coastal restoration and wetlands protection.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
NEW ORLEANS — Shrimpers and environmentalists gathered on the banks of the Mississippi River here Thursday to call on livestock farmers to help protect the Gulf of Mexico.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The Louisiana Board of Regents plans to hire a new commissioner of higher education in early April 2018, officials said Tuesday.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — After months of grinding negotiations over the future of the National Flood Insurance Program, lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Monday with less than two weeks before the program expires.
Before it was a science experiment and an international volunteer hub, Gloria Perkins' home was the comfortable dwelling at the end of Wexford Drive in Baton Rouge.
Friday, November 24, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
WASHINGTON — A measure that would potentially raise Louisiana's share of federal oil revenue in the coming decades was headed for inclusion in the U.S. Senate's GOP-backed tax bill.
WASHINGTON — Thousands of Louisiana homeowners hit hard by the 2016 floods have been tearing their hair out for more than a year over a federal rule blocking them from tens of thousands of dollars in recovery money.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
MANCHAC — In the distance, a few wading birds drifted over the tree stumps in the Maurepas swamp; others perched in the bleached and broken boughs of a few dead cypresses. In places, the swamp and sky meet at the horizon, an open landscape devoid …
Friday, November 10, 2017
Forecasters are predicting a La Niña weather pattern which portends a warm, dry winter for Louisiana but also means hurricane seasons could start getting worse.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
In the first nine months of 2017, about two billion gallons of water pumped out of the aquifer that runs beneath East Baton Rouge Parish went to customers in Ascension and Iberville parishes.
Louisiana hurricane survivors have sued the federal Environmental Protection Agency for stalling the enforcement of rules governing formaldehyde.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Running up to deadline, officials spent Tuesday in a scramble to figure out how much water Baton Rouge Water Company pumps in East Baton Rouge and sells to customers in Ascension Parish.
ExxonMobil has agreed to pay a penalty and improve pollution control at three Baton Rouge plants as part of a settlement with federal authorities who accused the company of violating the Clean Air Act.
Monday, October 30, 2017
After a scathing report, Louisiana's alternative education schools and programs need attention, resources and changes in how the state measures progress, education officials said.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
A bridge that crosses the Amite River in southern Livingston Parish is slated to be replaced in order to facilitate traffic that uses the route to bypass congestion in Baton Rouge.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
A federal agency that regulates offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico is focused on undoing or amending three Obama administration policies, the agency’s director, Scott Angelle, said Tuesday in a keynote address at an industry event in…
Friday, October 20, 2017
State coastal officials are asking Louisiana's congressional delegation to help clarify why estimates of the revenue they can expect from the federal government's Gulf energy royalties have been cut so dramatically and whether anything can be done…