industry http://wwno.org en Largest Methanol Plant In North America Opening In St. James Parish http://wwno.org/post/largest-methanol-plant-north-america-opening-st-james-parish <p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Methanol is a chemical that is used to make plywood, foam, paints, adhesives and other common household products. </span><a href="http://www.southlouisianamethanol.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">South Louisiana Methanol</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is slated to be the biggest plant to make it. The final hurdle to business was finding a local natural gas provider.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:34:26 +0000 Jesse Hardman 64854 at http://wwno.org China Company Investing Almost $2 Billion In Chemical Plant http://wwno.org/post/china-company-investing-almost-2-billion-chemical-plant <p>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.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64743 at http://wwno.org Fishermen And Retailers Go High-Tech For Authentic Gulf Seafood http://wwno.org/post/fishermen-and-retailers-go-high-tech-authentic-gulf-seafood <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/21/172589997/one-in-three-fish-sold-at-restaurants-and-grocery-stores-is-mislabeled">Some studies</a> 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.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:59:28 +0000 Janaya Williams 64731 at http://wwno.org Mandeville City Council Delays Vote On Fracking http://wwno.org/post/mandeville-city-council-delays-vote-fracking <p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About a half-dozen </span>Mandeville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> residents spoke during the meeting to make the case against </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But no one from </span>Helis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oil and Gas was there.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:40:43 +0000 Janaya Williams 64102 at http://wwno.org Jindal Delays Signing Bill Blocking Big Oil Lawsuit http://wwno.org/post/jindal-delays-signing-bill-blocking-big-oil-lawsuit <p>Governor Bobby Jindal has not yet signed legislation he supports that blocks a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry.</p><p>He’s waiting for a review by the state Attorney General, who wanted some time to review the bill.</p><p>At issue is whether it could affect lawsuits filed over the BP oil spill four years ago.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:19:58 +0000 Eileen Fleming 61870 at http://wwno.org Brown Shrimp Season Opens With High Prices, But Future Remains Uncertain http://wwno.org/post/brown-shrimp-season-opens-high-prices-future-remains-uncertain <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In some cases, prices are double what they were last year. After years of setbacks, </span>shrimpers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> could use a break.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 13:34:54 +0000 Eve Troeh 61560 at http://wwno.org Louisiana's Non-Compliance Shortens Alabama's Snapper Season http://wwno.org/post/louisianas-non-compliance-shortens-alabamas-snapper-season <p>A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says new federal limits on red snapper will hurt the state's industry.</p><p>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.</p><p>An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided the change was needed because Louisiana opened its state waters year-round in April.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 20:59:07 +0000 Associated Press 60798 at http://wwno.org Chiquita Banana To Return To New Orleans http://wwno.org/post/chiquita-banana-return-new-orleans <p>Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans after nearly 40 years, bringing up to 350 new jobs.</p><p><br />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.</p><p><br />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.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:01:44 +0000 Associated Press 60721 at http://wwno.org Helis Oil & Gas Agrees To A Phased Approach To Fracking In St. Tammany http://wwno.org/post/helis-oil-gas-agrees-phased-approach-fracking-st-tammany <p>Helis Oil &amp; Gas Company has agreed to a phased approach to its project in St.&nbsp;Tammany, starting only with a conventional vertical well, the Times-Picayune reports.</p><p>St. Tammany Parish officials announced the scaled-back plans Tuesday afternoon.</p><p>The proposal calls for Helis to drill down 13,000 feet vertically, and to analyze the findings over three to four months. &nbsp;</p><p>The company has agreed to proceed with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, only if commercially-viable quantities of oil are found to be present.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:23:12 +0000 Janaya Williams 60682 at http://wwno.org Energy analyst: Drilling activity in Haynesville Shale will pick up http://wwno.org/post/energy-analyst-drilling-activity-haynesville-shale-will-pick The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host an energy analyst Wednesday who will give a forecast on natural gas development in northwest Louisiana and across the nation.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Matthew Koch, vice president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, will speak to the Bossier Chamber of Commerce." data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/rrr/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/Matthew_Koch.jpg" alt="" /><p>Matthew Koch, vice president of the U.S. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 59267 at http://wwno.org