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.
Friday, November 17, 2017
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…
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…
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.
Monday, October 16, 2017
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.
Friday, October 06, 2017
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
A tropical depression formed in the Caribbean Sea on Wednesday with projections indicating it will move into the Gulf of Mexico in the coming days.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Almost two years after New Orleans officials blocked an Algiers man from installing an electrical vehicle charger in front of his home, the City Council has created a process to allow that to happen.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Among the 31 research projects that will share $50 million in Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative are three from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Officials with St. Tammany Parish and Covington disagree on whose responsibility it is to maintain the Mile Branch drainage canal that cuts through the heart of the town.
Friday, September 15, 2017
A dolphin washed ashore on Grand Isle and was discovered Friday morning, Mayor David Camardelle said. It was the second large marine mammal found on the town's beaches in less than a month.
Monday, September 11, 2017
A chemical manufacturer in LaPlace that has come under fire in recent years for releasing concerning levels of chloroprene into the air has accused the Environmental Protection Agency of using faulty science when estimating safety limits for exposure.
Monday, August 28, 2017
New Orleans experienced its first wave of heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey on Monday, with some areas getting more than three inches of rain in little more than an hour.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
A flood barrier across the mouth of Lake Pontchartrain — a 50-year-old idea to protect New Orleans and communities along the lake's north shore from storm surge during a tropical storm or hurricane — could cause millions of dollars in additional f…
Entergy Louisiana's new natural gas-burning power plant in St. Charles Parish has hit a snag, with opposition based on safety concerns about a separate facility that would help fuel the main plant.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
New Orleans officials still are not sure how quickly water can be pumped out of the city during a severe storm, but they hope to have a better idea of the impaired drainage system’s capacity before any rain from Hurricane Harvey hits the area.
Three of the eight major pump stations in St. Bernard Parish have pumps that are out of order, putting the system at 83 percent of capacity in advance of the heavy rain expected from Hurricane Harvey.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
When the nation's first coast-to-coast total eclipse since 1918 began to show up in New Orleans early Monday afternoon, 8-year-old John Oliver Steigner was ready.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
New Orleans, in consultation with state and federal officials, is developing a plan to evacuate the city if unusually heavy rainfall is expected while repairs are being made to the pumps and power turbines that drive its drainage system.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
As Michigan grapples with a never-before-seen invasion of red swamp "crayfish" threatening cities' infrastructures and ecosystems, mudbug experts from Lafayette have organized a Cajun culture lesson delivered in the way only Louisianians know how …
Crys Aprill and her family began planning for the solar eclipse a year ago, determined to travel to see a total blocking of the sun instead of staying put and catching only a partial eclipse.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
When scientists began noticing Roseau cane dying near the mouth of the Mississippi River last year, it took months to find the likely culprit. Eventually, they concluded that a tiny insect known as the Roseau cane scale had made its way from Asia …
As New Orleans residents continue to fret about the risk of facing the height of hurricane season with a severely compromised drainage system, Mayor Mitch Landrieu acknowledged Sunday that the system has "never been fully operational."
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Newly released logs suggest that some of the city's operable drainage pumps sat idle for hours during last weekend's rain and flooding, potentially compounding problems caused by the pumps that had been taken offline for repairs.
Friday, August 11, 2017
The new flood insurance maps for Jefferson Parish were accepted by the federal government this week and will begin to affect property owners’ insurance rates beginning Feb. 18.
Ascension Parish residents Ben and Ashley Toman should be in Casper, Wyoming, or possibly at Carhenge in tiny Alliance, Nebraska, on Aug. 21 when the sun starts to disappear behind the moon — with prime viewing there shortly before 11:30 a.m. Cent…
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Joe Carr heard that the pumps were manned. He heard they were working, that they were turned on. Then, along with everyone else, he heard some of them weren’t.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
CONVENT — St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel pledged Wednesday to "review every possibility" to create an alternative evacuation route for residents worried about industrial development encroaching on the parish's rural west bank.