$500,000 federal grant aims to reduce plastic at Louisiana festivals, parades
Solar energy farm builders will now need to submit their plans before building in West Baton Rouge Parish after the parish council approved a measure Thursday that would give them more oversight on those projects.
DONALDSONVILLE — Residences, businesses and the primary school in Donaldsonville have been issued a boil water advisory until further notice due to a drop in water pressure, Ascension Parish officials said.
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown is the latest state leader to test positive for the coronavirus.
The Army Corps of Engineers has unveiled a revised, 30-mile-long Upper Barataria levee system that would cost nearly $2 billion and protect portions of seven south Louisiana parishes, including the west banks of Jefferson, St. Charles and St. John…
More federal money that could bolster local efforts to reduce flood and storm risks to Louisianans will soon be available in the form of a new loan program.
Louisiana transportation crews were out in full force Friday, standing by to salt roads while keeping an eye on forecasts of winter weather in parts of the state starting early Monday.
A state district judge sent critical air permits for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex back to state environmental regulators so they can take a closer look at the St. James Parish facility's emissions impacts on Black residents living nearby.
A lawsuit alleges the town of Gramercy's parade ordinance amounts to an improper and sweeping ban on political and commercial speech that can only be eased at the discretion of local leaders, violating the First Amendment.
The state Board of Ethics Board has charged three more members of a Baton Rouge-area groundwater commission with conflict-of-interest violations over their service on the state regulatory panel.
A federal hazardous materials regulator has proposed a $80,100 fine against Cheniere Energy Inc. over a two-hour-long tank fire at its Sabine Pass LNG complex in Cameron Parish more than two years ago.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to temporarily suspend a permit critical for the construction of a $9.4 billion chemical complex proposed in St. James Parish in hopes of addressing criticisms raised by environmental and community groups.
A collection of environmental groups based in Washington, D.C., Texas and elsewhere has asked a federal judge to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revisit rules that control the operation of industrial flares at chemical plants, na…
Bishop Michael Duca, the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, on Saturday will join other Catholic leaders, St. James Parish residents and environmental groups opposed to a proposed Formosa Plastics complex for an early All Saints …
In a new campaign TV ad launched Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is doubling down on his criticism of Joe Biden for saying that the country should “transition” away from oil and natural gas.
The following parishes have opened up locations to fill or pick up sandbags ahead of Hurricane Zeta's expected arrival Wednesday. Many locations are self-service and require a shovel and elbow grease:
As election day looms, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has seized on comments by Joe Biden in Thursday night’s presidential debate that Cassidy and Republicans say were an attack on the oil and gas industry.
Gov. John Bel Edwards offered all-too-familiar warnings Monday about another named storm headed for the Louisiana coast in this record-setting season of 2020, but the Baton Rouge region appears to be trending again toward avoiding a coming storm's…
GONZALES — Ascension Parish government won't pursue a $17.5 million federal grant and loan to upgrade Donaldsonville's aged water system at least until 2022, parish officials say, amid continuing questions from the new administration of Parish Pre…
Valero Energy has agreed to better manage the quality of gas and diesel from its refineries in St Charles Parish and elsewhere, pay $2.85 million and install emission controls at two Texas refineries to help settle alleged air pollution violations…
A West Baton Rouge Parish solar farm capable of supplying thousands of homes with power was plugged into the capital region's electrical grid as it began operating this week.
The state Board of Ethics has charged two members of a local groundwater commission with conflict-of-interest violations that, if proven, could make them subject to civil fines and put their spots on the commission at risk.
DONALDSONVILLE — A public water utility in western Ascension Parish lifted a boil water advisory Tuesday for more than 3,000 customers that had been in place since late Friday when a water main broke, officials said.
A Formosa Plastics affiliate planning a $9.4 billion petrochemical complex in St. James Parish will defer "major construction" of the facility until the coronavirus has subsided or "an effective vaccine is widely available," a company spokeswoman …
A strategic plan to decide how to protect the Baton Rouge area's drinking water from potential saltwater intrusion appears to be moving forward, now that a new leader is in charge.
When Hurricane Laura's wind and storm surge displaced thousands of people from their homes two months ago, the Category 4 storm also devastated the habitat of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker -- and the full impact may not be known until spr…
GONZALES — Ascension Parish government is putting the finishing touches on new rules that would allow the spread of so-called "small cell towers" expected to improve existing wireless service and serve as a bridge to 5G wireless service for the gr…
A water main leak along Mississippi Street in Donaldsonville has prompted a boil water advisory for the customers of Parish Utilities of Ascension on Friday.
An estimated 6,125 customers in East Baton Rouge Parish were still without power mid-morning Monday after Hurricane Delta tore through the metro region late Friday, power company estimates say.
The dart-shaped, toothy gar, commonly found throughout the slow-moving bayous of Louisiana's coast, has often been overlooked, disrespected and understudied.
After a big funding boost from Congress and more than a year of research, Louisiana scientists may have a remedy for the plague decimating a tall, sturdy reed that binds the lower Mississippi River Delta and other coastal marshes together. But it …
A project to restore six lakes around the LSU campus took another step Friday with the announcement of three companies that will begin design and sample work.
Louisiana has kicked off an effort to identify part of its coastline that can be added to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s coastwide National Estuary Research Reserve program.
From Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 to the unprecedented use of the Bonnet Carre Spillway over the last decade, Louisiana's multimillion-dollar oyster industry has faced constant challenges in recent years.
Since shortly after Ascension Parish government bought the old Peoples Water Service four years ago, parish officials have complained that old, inaccurate meters were likely shortchanging revenue from the utility system in Donaldsonville.
A new federal rule aimed at providing more flexibility for coal-fired facilities may give one Louisiana utilities company several more years to close its coal ash storage ponds.
Ascension Parish government plans to ask voters in late April whether the parish should sell its sewer systems and grant a long-term franchise agreement to a company owned by a Jim Bernhard-led private equity firm, parish officials said.
Dozens of endangered sea turtles are thawing out and recuperating in New Orleans after the cold of New England nearly killed them.
In its last weeks, President Donald Trump’s administration is rolling back a landmark bird conservation law that led to more than $100 million in fines against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
Louisiana coastal officials are pushing the state’s congressional delegation to support an expected emergency supplemental appropriation bill aimed at this year’s record-breaking hurricane season to provide money for emergency repairs to beaches, …