Tuesday, May 23, 2017
NEW ROADS — The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Tuesday approved a drawdown schedule for False River which locks in place another human-induced manipulation of the lake's water level for later this year, and future drawdowns every three years …
President Donald Trump's proposed budget would deal a huge blow to Louisiana's program for protecting and restoring its disappearing coast.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget would slash offshore oil and gas royalties to Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama by $3.56 billion over the next decade, an idea that's bound to draw fierce opposition from the Gulf Coast states.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
It's been nearly 17 years since voters in parts of East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes agreed to shoulder a tax to help fund the yet-to-be built Comite River Diversion Canal that was meant to keep the river from spilling its banks …
Friday, May 19, 2017
Forecasters expect the Mississippi River to rise to its highest level in six years next week, although it doesn't pose the same threat as in 2011, when emergency measures were taken to divert the flow of water barreling downstream.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The state's 2017 coastal master plan, a 50-year agenda for helping to slow coastal land loss and limit damage from major storms, cleared the Louisiana Senate by an overwhelming vote Wednesday.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
A tiny bug with an enormous appetite has invaded the Louisiana marsh, and it is sucking the life out of vegetation that helps keep the state's fragile coast from further dissolving into the sea.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Several weeks after the state launched a survey to connect with flood-affected families, only a fraction of people from inundated areas have responded.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
GONZALES — Residents of a Gonzales street that has repeatedly flooded since its first houses were built in the mid-1980s — and which suffered the same fate in the August flood — may be eligible for a federal home buyout program that would transfor…
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Rising waters brought on by a weekend deluge across the Midwest are expected to send the Mississippi River into minor flood stage at Baton Rouge next week.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Saying that oil and gas companies need to "clean up the mess" they've made, St. John the Baptist Parish has joined with five other parishes in suing oil and gas companies for damage to coastal areas.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Flood victims in the Central, Howell Park and Old Jefferson sub-divisions strive to re-cooperate after August 2016 flooding.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Chants of “defiance for science” and “2, 4, 6, 8 everybody vaccinate” filled the streets of downtown Baton Rouge Saturday as several hundred people marched on the capitol to advocate for science. Marchers in other other cities around the country d…
Thursday, April 20, 2017
ST. GABRIEL — It was a "no" vote across the board from the City Council Thursday night on a zoning and variance request from a local chemical company hoping to expand its facility.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
After nearly three decades in downtown Baton Rouge, an Earth Day celebration billed as one of the South’s largest is pulling up roots and moving to the Baton Rouge Zoo, at least for this year.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
In a Baton Rouge board room Wednesday morning, state officials were considering a 50-year plan to help fight land loss along Louisiana's coast. In another room a few blocks away, Gov. John Bel Edwards was declaring the situation an emergency.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Coal is king in President Donald Trump's energy initiatives so far, but in natural gas-rich Louisiana, power companies, regulators and environmental groups are waiting to see how his administration's recent moves translate into concrete policies.
A special Good Friday meeting of the Central City Council turned heated when the mayor and two councilmen vigorously defended their conduct and accused a critic of lying.
Monday, April 10, 2017
In the Bluebonnet Swamp, a pair of biologists unfurled a net a bit larger than a volleyball setup and laid their bait — a wireless speaker and a yellow rubber ducky.
Friday, April 07, 2017
Federal agencies have disbursed more than $3 billion to flood victims since last summer's flood, but they expect survivors to pay much of it back.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
A certain quiet has fallen over the Atlantic Ocean the past few years, and meteorologists are anticipating another calm hurricane season in 2017.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
The controversial Bayou Bridge oil pipeline has won approval from Louisiana regulators, though more will need to lend their support before the project can break ground.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Environmentalists and industrialists find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder as they try to maintain a tax credit for low-emission vehicles.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Loss of coastal land could cost Louisiana hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 50 years if nothing is done to stave off erosion and build new land, according to a study released Wednesday by the LSU Economics and Policy Research Group.
Congress has ordered two mobile home manufacturers to turn over documents related to August's floods as it investigates the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to the disaster in Louisiana.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
One of the authorities in charge of safeguarding the Baton Rouge region's groundwater supply on Tuesday questioned his colleagues' reliance for technical advice on an informal group made up mostly of industrial representatives.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The ideal ecosystem to expose people to dangerous amounts of mercury requires rainy skies, a mix of industry and swamp and a culture where people have a taste for seafood.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Donald Trump to fast-track five coastal projects that he says will benefit not only Louisiana but the entire country, especially the energy and transportation industries.
Monday, March 06, 2017
The federal government has now spent more than $300 million fixing health centers, schools and other public facilities damaged in last summer's flood.
Sunday, March 05, 2017
A lot of people have to buy in to protect Southern forests: Most of the land is held in small private patches, a few dozen acres here and there that in combination form whole forests.
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Friday, March 03, 2017
A federal appeals court on Friday refused to revive a Louisiana levee board's lawsuit blaming dozens of oil and gas companies for damage to the state's fragile coast.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Southern Louisiana just experienced the warmest February in history, with the average temperatures in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette breaking record highs for the month, according to the National Weather Service.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
When asked to list the major hurdles facing Louisiana’s 50-year plan to rebuild its coast, state officials have pointed to a menu of truly massive challenges, from rapidly rising seas to finding the money for the $92 billion effort.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
A Houston-based company was ordered to pay $9.5 million in fines for falsely reporting that its workers had inspected offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and for its role in an explosion off the coast of Grand Isle in 2012 that killed three …
Sunday, February 19, 2017
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.
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.
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.