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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.
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 …
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.
Friday, December 15, 2017
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.
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
More than 20 years ago, a group of residents in Mid-City saw some neighbors pouring paint down city storm drains, which lead directly to Lake Pontchartrain.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Noranda Alumina, a manufacturer near Gramercy that learned more than three years ago it was unwittingly releasing mercury into the air potentially for years without a permit, has been granted authority by state environmental regulators to continue…
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear a lawsuit against scores of oil and companies brought by a New Orleans-area levee authority, likely ending a controversial four-year legal saga.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should ignore a plea to change health-related chloroprene emission guidelines made by a company already releasing concerning amounts of the chemical, according to attorneys for plaintiffs in a related lawsuit.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Mandeville's effort to rebuild wetlands and treat its wastewater at the same time drew some skepticism at a Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality hearing Thursday, but defenders said the project is helping the environment and reducing costs.
After a five-day search, a helicopter crew scanning the waters and shorelines of Lake Pontchartrain on Friday afternoon located the body of 44-year-old Timothy Morrison, the Texas man missing since the oil and gas platform he was working on explod…
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…
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Investigators searching the Clovelly Oil Co. platform in Lake Pontchartrain that exploded Sunday night did not find the body of missing worker Timothy Morrison, but Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said a helicopter is still searching the area daily.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
An unexpected shortfall in Louisiana’s share of offshore oil and gas royalties could force the state to delay or cancel coastal restoration projects scheduled to start as soon as 2019, according to the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Au…
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The family of the 44-year-old Texas man who's still missing after Sunday's oil-and-gas platform explosion is Lake Pontchartrain is reportedly planning a memorial service for him.
Monday, October 16, 2017
The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday night for a man missing after an explosion the previous night on an oil and gas platform in Lake Pontchartrain sent seven other men to hospitals.
For the most part, a more than two-decade-old moratorium on new oil and gas drilling in Lake Pontchartrain has left pre-existing production — which was grandfathered in — out of sight and out of mind for residents across the region.
A crew worker who went missing after an oil and gas platform explosion in Lake Pontchartrain late Sunday night has been identified as 44-year-old Timothy Morrison, of Katy, Texas.
Update, 2:15 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 -- A spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Quality says that so far, no threat of environmental impact has been detected.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Update, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017: While on Sunday night officials referred to the energy platform that exploded in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner as an oil platform, authorities on Monday referred to natural gas being stored on the platform as well. …
Saturday, October 14, 2017
The U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday that aircraft and vessels were investigating a crude oil spill caused by a damaged pipeline that released an estimated 334,000 to 393,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.
Friday, October 13, 2017
A decade ago, pumping treated wastewater into wetlands to nourish vegetation and counter salt water was viewed as a promising idea, one that the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation fully supported.
Monday, October 09, 2017
HAZARD, Ky. — A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight President Donald Trump's administration's move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Louisiana’s coastal restoration agency has gotten $14 million to engineer a system to reconnect the Mississippi River to the Maurepas Swamp, which has been cut off from its rejuvenating floodwaters for about 80 years.