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.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Orleans, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes are gearing up for their annual Christmas tree recycling initiatives, reminding residents to put their trees out to be collected to aid the cause of coastal restoration.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Lawyers for a chemical company accused of releasing what environmentalists say are "dangerous" amounts of a chemical called chloroprene into the air in St. John the Baptist Parish say that a lawsuit against the company should be dismissed because …
Monday, December 25, 2017
A lab in Grand Isle will use a federal research grant to breed high-end oysters that can be harvested year-round, are disease-resistant and can survive in water too salty for traditional oysters.
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.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
The three massive new pumping stations on New Orleans’ outfall canals will be run by the regional flood protection authority rather than the Sewerage & Water Board, under an agreement between the two agencies that was finalized this week.
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 …
Sunday, December 17, 2017
A hurricane protection project intended to prevent backwater flooding in St. Charles Parish is among six proposals selected to get matching grant funding from the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
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.
The consultants who advise the New Orleans City Council on regulating Entergy New Orleans on Friday urged the council to approve a controversial proposal by the utility to build a $210 million power plant in New Orleans East, rejecting criticisms …
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.
Monday, December 04, 2017
St. Charles Parish officials are hailing the near-completion of a new pump station in Luling, marking what they call "substantial progress" for a 33-mile flood protection system planned on the parish's west bank.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
A year after the company operating a controversial chemical plant in LaPlace agreed to reduce emissions of chloroprene by 85 percent following a study showing it's a "likely carcinogen," officials say the reduction plan is just a month away from c…
Sunday, November 26, 2017
A request by the Port of New Orleans to change the land-use designation for two areas of marshland along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway has sparked a debate about the value of wetlands within the city.
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.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Swamp tour operator Paul Trahan pointed to the almost motionless water on the West Pearl River on a recent afternoon — a mirror-like surface that reflected ghostly images of the gum and cypress trees lining the waterway.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
In the past several years, the BP oil spill and diversions of water from the Mississippi River have compromised the delicate balance of water and salt needed to sustain oysters off Louisiana’s southeastern coast, researchers have said.
Monday, November 20, 2017
One evening this summer, a group of New Orleans chefs gathered at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in Central City with a challenge: to prepare and cook Asian carp, an invasive freshwater fish that has wreaked havoc in Louisiana wetlands an…
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.