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8:08 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bollinger Shipyards Gets Major Coast Guard Contract

Detail of the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, produced at Bollinger Shipyards.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30.

The contract's total value so far is more than $1.3 billion.

Democratic U-S Senator Mary Landrieu says the latest funding is part almost $9 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the Department of Homeland Security's budget for fiscal year 2014.

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3:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Largest Methanol Plant In North America Opening In St. James Parish

Natural gas, the key ingredient in producing methanol, is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast. South Louisiana Methanol is poised to build the largest methanol plant in North America in St. James Parish.
Ari Moore Flickr

Natural gas is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast, since it's drilled nearby. It's also the key ingredient in producing methanol.

Methanol is a chemical that is used to make plywood, foam, paints, adhesives and other common household products. South Louisiana Methanol is slated to be the biggest plant to make it. The final hurdle to business was finding a local natural gas provider.

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7:06 am
Fri July 18, 2014

China Company Investing Almost $2 Billion In Chemical Plant

Officials at the plant announcement.
Credit GNO, Inc.

A Chinese company has announced plans to build a methanol manufacturing plant in St. James Parish. It’s the first major investment project by a Chinese company in Louisiana.

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Science & Health
9:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fishermen And Retailers Go High-Tech For Authentic Gulf Seafood

Fishermen, seafood processers and retailers use the Gulf Seafood Trace software package to compile data on wild-caught seafood.
Allen Shimada Wikimedia

Some studies have found a one in three chance that the fish on our restaurant plates or in the seafood case at the supermarket is mislabeled. A cheaper fish like tilapia may be sold as red snapper, for example.

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5:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Mandeville City Council Delays Vote On Fracking

In the end, the Mandeville City Council deferred action on a proposed resolution to ban fracking. Council members said they needed more time and more information about the practice before making a decision.

About a half-dozen Mandeville residents spoke during the meeting to make the case against fracking. But no one from Helis Oil and Gas was there.

Helis is a New Orleans company. They’re seeking permits to drill a well just north of Interstate 12 and use the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method to extract oil and gas.

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7:19 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Jindal Delays Signing Bill Blocking Big Oil Lawsuit

Governor Bobby Jindal.
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Governor Bobby Jindal has not yet signed legislation he supports that blocks a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry.

He’s waiting for a review by the state Attorney General, who wanted some time to review the bill.

At issue is whether it could affect lawsuits filed over the BP oil spill four years ago.

The bill blocks a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The board wanted to force the industry to repair wetlands damaged by production.

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Business
8:34 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Brown Shrimp Season Opens With High Prices, But Future Remains Uncertain

At the Chauvin, Louisiana "Blessing of the Fleet" in April, the T-Kim & James led the procession.
Jesse Hardman

This week Louisiana opened its inshore waters for shrimping. Boats around the state are heading out hoping for a big catch of brown shrimp in the bayous.

It’s a late start to the season, due to the long, cold winter, meaning less time for shrimpers to make money. But some good news for shrimp boat captains: prices are high.

In some cases, prices are double what they were last year. After years of setbacks, shrimpers could use a break.

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3:59 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Louisiana's Non-Compliance Shortens Alabama's Snapper Season

The government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico to just nine days.
Extra Zebra

A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says new federal limits on red snapper will hurt the state's industry.

The federal government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to just nine days, starting June 1.

An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided the change was needed because Louisiana opened its state waters year-round in April.

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3:01 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Chiquita Banana To Return To New Orleans

Louisiana and the Port of New Orleans offered Chiquita more than $5 million in incentives to move from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi. Chiquita moved from New Orleans to Miss. in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans.
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Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans after nearly 40 years, bringing up to 350 new jobs.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chiquita official Mario Pacheco say the company is moving from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, where it relocated in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. Louisiana and the port offered more than $5 million in incentives.

The officials say Chiquita is expected to begin shipping through New Orleans in early 2015. The move will leave the Port of Gulfport without one of its four principal tenants.

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5:23 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Helis Oil & Gas Agrees To A Phased Approach To Fracking In St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish officials announced plans Tuesday afternoon for a scaled-back approach to fracking with Helis Oil & Gas.
Kate Ausburn Flickr

Helis Oil & Gas Company has agreed to a phased approach to its project in St. Tammany, starting only with a conventional vertical well, the Times-Picayune reports.

St. Tammany Parish officials announced the scaled-back plans Tuesday afternoon.

The proposal calls for Helis to drill down 13,000 feet vertically, and to analyze the findings over three to four months.  

The company has agreed to proceed with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, only if commercially-viable quantities of oil are found to be present.

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