Tuesday, December 18, 2018
A community activist appealing a key St. James Parish land use approval for the $9.4 billion Formosa Petrochemical complex says a hearing on her appeal Wednesday is a "rush job" that deprives the public of a chance to respond.
The cause of a foul odor wafting through downtown Baton Rouge Tuesday may never be found after Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality field technicians came up empty-handed in their investigation.
Monday, December 17, 2018
ST. JAMES — For several years now, Brettaiene Celestin and many of her neighbors along River Road in western St. James Parish have been battling the encirclement of their Burton Street neighborhood with tank farms and the closure of their street’s…
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Now that the Comite River Diversion Canal has received the $343 million needed from the federal government to begin construction, all eyes are on a $1.2 billion pot that will pay for the next generation of south Louisiana flood control.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
For more than a year, residents near Baker have fought to shut down the local specialty landfill over concerns about odor, fire and vermin.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Baton Rouge Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Unit was inspecting a small amount of white substance spilled from a train near 15th Street and North Street on Thursday night.
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Johnny Bradberry, for nearly three years the face of the state's coastal restoration efforts, will resign his post as executive assistant for Coastal Activities and chair of the board that oversees the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority,…
After spending $750 million to construct an oil pipeline that’s scheduled to open at the end of the month, the builders must spend another $450 to settle claims it didn’t properly seize a swath of undeveloped land in St. Martin Parish.
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Baton Rouge residents may safely dispose of paint, fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous materials at a collection event on Saturday, Dec. 15
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Here’s a fashion trend that’s good news, if you’re an alligator in Louisiana: Prices for skins are down to less than half what they were just five years ago, making for a slow wild harvest.
Sunday, December 02, 2018
The 2016 flooding in south Louisiana was offered as evidence of the destructive potential of climate change in a recent White House report.
Friday, November 30, 2018
Though Louisiana enjoyed a quiet hurricane season — which ended with the turn of the calendar — there was an above-average number of Atlantic storms.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
ST. MARTINVILLE — A pipeline company is seeking to undermine a trio of property owners who have accused the oilmen of trespassing on their land; under cross-examination, the landowners have admitted they'd never actually been to the property until…
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Testimony on day two of the Bayou Bridge eminent domain trial focused on whether the economic benefit of the pipeline would outweigh the costs of possible environmental degradation to sensitive wetlands in St. Martin Parish.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
ST. MARTINVILLE — A testy trial over the Bayou Bridge pipeline began Tuesday with an assertion that the plaintiff's share of the land at the center of the dispute is worth only $1.11.
Monday, November 26, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Sen. Bill Cassidy is proposing the nation rent out storage space in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which includes facilities in Louisiana.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Engineers in charge of building the Comite River Diversion Canal have adopted an aggressive timetable, setting a completion date for three hurricane seasons from now.
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
State contractors accused in a lawsuit alleging that the Interstate 12 median worsened 2016 flooding believe they can't get a fair trial in Baton Rouge and are trying to get the case moved.
Monday, November 05, 2018
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Following through on a promise made at the most recent state of the parish address, the administration of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is developing a community disaster recovery plan.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
A panel of judges has been asked to determine whether pipeline companies authorized to seize land under eminent domain are subject to Louisiana’s open records laws even if they don’t receive tax dollars.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
CONVENT — The $9.4 billion Formosa chemical complex proposed on the west bank of St. James Parish cleared a key hurdle Tuesday night as the parish Planning Commission backed the Taiwanese project promising hundreds of millions in tax revenue and t…
Saturday, October 27, 2018
The chairman of the local groundwater commission says he isn't going to let "absurd" state laws prevent Ascension Parish from having a say in managing the area's main aquifer.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
A pair of Congressional bills are in the works that could dramatically change the way Louisiana receives coastal protection funding from the oil and gas industry.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
WASHINGTON — A sprawling riverside federal research lab tucked in the Maryland countryside just outside of Washington has for the past half-century been the most fertile breeding ground for endangered whooping cranes.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
It’s been 15 years since Marcia Llewellyn left Norco, a community located next to an industrial complex long known for its distinctive odor, and a place that many residents said had become too polluted to live in.
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Activists climbed onto a construction crane and chained themselves to heavy equipment Wednesday seeking to block construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline again.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Yet again, researchers are finding that communities along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans are at a greater risk for exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.
Entergy has received preliminary approval to operate its nuclear plant near St. Francisville for another two decades, though federal agencies are investigating a power-demand emergency in which two of Entergy's nuclear facilities were down.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The capital area takes its drinking water so much for granted that some residents would rather leave a running hose in a leaky pool than repair the crack, would prefer to turn their sprinklers on a brick house to cool the masonry instead of turnin…
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
GRETNA — A panel of Louisiana appeals judges is considering whether the state's Department of Natural Resources did an adequate job vetting Bayou Bridge when pipeline builders proposed to put the terminal in St. James.
The maps that dictate how much south Louisianans pay for flood insurance could be redrawn, though Baton Rouge-area leaders have their doubts.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Central police and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are looking for the man who left a small, dead alligator at a Central car wash on Monday morning.
Corey Claude's construction crew spent Monday breaking up a concrete sidewalk in downtown New Orleans and trying desperately to stay cool.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Landowners fighting Bayou Bridge have fired back at the pipeline builders and challenged whether oil companies may seize private land generally, and whether Bayou Bridge in particular followed the law.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
ST. MARTINVILLE — The builders of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline agreed Monday to stay off some disputed land in St. Martin Parish, but say the decision will not hinder the effort to complete work by October. Environmentalists, meanwhile, say the day's…
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Over the past month, at least 13 people have been arrested under a new state law that increases criminal penalties for trespassing near pipelines, as protests targeting the controversial Bayou Bridge project continue in the swamps of St. Martin Parish.
Friday, September 07, 2018
Baton Rouge water experts will help Houston draw up plans to make the city more resilient to floods as residents there continue to recover from last year's Hurricane Harvey.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Louisiana officials declared an emergency, called out the National Guard, shuttered schools and closed courthouses as Tropical Storm Gordon drew near, but the weather system bucked east and left the Pelican State unscathed.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
East Baton Rouge Parish has hired a forensic engineer as it considers whether to sue Iberville Parish over its plan to erect inflatable temporary dams along Bayou Manchac, which separates the parishes.