For those living in and around the New Orleans metro area, the beginning of May is a fairly reliable indicator the fleeting southeast Louisiana spring is quickly coming to an end.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
A New Orleans area resident has become the second person in the state to contract the highly contagious measles virus, but health officials said Friday the risk of a broader outbreak is low.
Monday, May 07, 2018
Federal judges may support construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, but a St. James jurist may have thrown the brakes on construction near the structure's terminus.
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018
As he stood before the St. John the Baptist Parish Council on Tuesday night, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, Louisiana's state health officer, made a statement some residents had been waiting years to hear.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
WASHINGTON — With the flourish of a marker across a huge human-sized check, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday signed off on the first major tranche of federal offshore oil revenue earmarked for Gulf states.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The Audubon Zoo is home to hundreds of species from around the world, many of them dangerous and from tropical locales.
The bald cypress is the calling card of Louisiana's swamps, with its "knees" jutting up through the still water and moss hanging from its branches.
Monday, April 23, 2018
A ship spilled 1,400 gallons of fuel oil into the Mississippi River near Norco early Monday, the Coast Guard reported, but the incident caused no river closures or restrictions.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
A stormwater diversion in Mandeville, a mental health and substance abuse program in Plaquemines Parish and a wetlands educational center in Jefferson Parish.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Nearly a year and a half ago, the chemical company Denka Performance Elastomer made a landmark announcement: It had agreed with state regulators to cut emissions of chloroprene — a government-designated “likely carcinogen" that's been spewing from…
Monday, April 16, 2018
As an angry line of storms bore down on southeast Louisiana on Saturday, Jefferson Parish officials knew they had a new tool to combat possible high water in Harahan: a fully operational new pump station.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Flood control work in the Mississippi River and its tributaries has likely made floods worse in Mississippi and Louisiana, researchers say.
Monday, April 02, 2018
The Trump administration has followed through on a promise to expedite federal permitting for a critical coastal restoration project, shaving about two years off the timeline for the Mid-Barataria sediment diversion.
Friday, March 30, 2018
The Army Corps of Engineers closed the final bays of the Bonnet Carré Spillway on Friday after the Mississippi River receded to a safe level.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — The sudden and mysterious death of whole tracts of a marsh grass along the Louisiana coast have raised alarm among scientists and prompted fears of speeding erosion of the state's already shrinking coast.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The torrent of nutrient-rich Mississippi River water that officials have diverted into Lake Pontchartrain in recent days to ease pressure on area river levees has also had a less desirable side effect: algae blooms.
Monday, March 26, 2018
St. John the Baptist Parish School Board officials say they're "joining forces" with a local activist group in demanding that a nearby chemical plant reduce emissions of chloroprene, a chemical scientists have deemed a "likely carcinogen."
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
It's spring cleaning time for south Louisiana's waterways, and one environmental group has dared the public to collect 4,000 pounds of trash in a single morning.
An air monitor near the Chalmette Refinery did not record any noticeable increase in dangerous emissions during the massive flaring accident that sent a plume of fire shooting hundreds of feet into the air March 10, but a state official said Tuesd…
Monday, March 19, 2018
A state judge on Monday ruled against an Acadia Parish landowner who wanted to halt construction of a 163-mile oil pipeline until resolution of a federal lawsuit aimed at shutting down the project.
Monday, March 12, 2018
The massive fireball that shot hundreds of feet into the air above Chalmette late Saturday night was caused by excess waste chemicals being shunted into a single flare, state officials said Monday.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
WASHINGTON — Vast swaths of the Gulf of Mexico will go on the auction block for offshore oil and gas drilling in less than two weeks. But the 77-million-acre sale, billed as the largest in the country’s history, may not shake off the offshore oil …
Thursday, March 08, 2018
For the fourth time since 2008, federal officials are opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway, sending cold, fresh Mississippi River water tumbling into the normally brackish Lake Pontchartrain.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Bre Parra stood alongside the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Thursday, her toddler nursing a bottle in his stroller and her older daughter darting among the few hundred people gathered there.
Saying that plaintiffs' attorneys missed a key deadline, a federal judge in New Orleans last month ruled that a lawsuit seeking damages from Denka Performance Elastomer for releasing dangerous levels of chloroprene into the air in St. John the Bap…
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Monday, March 05, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers anticipates opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Thursday morning as the level of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area continues to rise.
Saturday, March 03, 2018
WASHINGTON — The National Flood Insurance Program's federal authorization is set to lapse in less than three weeks, setting the latest deadline for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to hash out a deal to overhaul a critical program that's deeply in debt.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Mississippi River is rising because of heavy rains to the north, with forecasts suggesting that it might swell enough to require opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway later in March.
Monday, February 26, 2018
BELLE ROSE — As attorneys in a legal battle over the 163-mile Bayou Bridge crude oil pipeline awaited clarity on the sweep of a court-ordered shutdown Friday of construction, about 30 environmentalists took matters into their own hands Monday.
Monday, February 19, 2018
When Iris Carter heard that the Shell Chemical plant near her childhood home in Norco had been ordered to spend $10 million on pollution control equipment to resolve decades of allegations that the plant was violating the federal Clean Air Act, sh…
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins wants Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to create a bounty program for Asian carp, an invasive fish species.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
After meeting with about 4,000 residents over the course of a year, state officials are working on a report that could reimagine how communities in southeastern Louisiana will deal with coastal erosion and sea-level rise.
Shell Chemical LP has agreed to install $10 million worth of pollution monitoring and control equipment at its Norco chemical plant after federal regulators accused the energy giant in a lawsuit of violating the federal Clean Air Act at that locat…
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Eight months after a LaPlace company asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to soften its findings about the danger of exposure to chloroprene emissions, the federal agency has instead doubled down on its message that the pollutant could b…
Monday, February 12, 2018
The White House's proposed budget takes the ax to a wide range of domestic programs, but unlike in past years, federal oil money that funds Louisiana's coastal restoration efforts isn't on the chopping block.
Thursday, February 08, 2018
A federal judge has kept a fight alive as environmental groups seek to shut down construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline.
Friday, January 26, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has agreed to lop about three years off the permitting process for Louisiana's proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
State Rep. Paul Hollis says he just wanted to help other Louisiana residents avoid the chronic sewer overflows that have plagued his Mandeville-area subdivision, with raw sewage inundating his lawn.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Whether 1,500 acres of St. Tammany Parish woodlands will be preserved as habitat for the dusky gopher frog or used to harvest timber will hinge on the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thursday, January 18, 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…
Officials at the chemical plant in St. John the Baptist Parish that has come under scrutiny for emissions of a chemical called chloroprene report they have finished installing equipment that should cut the plant's emissions significantly.
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.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
The clock has run out on RAM Terminals’ bid to build a coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish, and environmental groups are cheering what could be the death of a project they warned would spew pollution, sicken residents and threaten a major c…
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Recently, a group of Lower 9th Ward residents met to celebrate a hopeful green dot of progress they’ve helped to create in a neglected corner of their neighborhood.