Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:37 am
John Cruden served with U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam, taking his law school aptitude test in Saigon and eventually becoming a government lawyer.
Earlier this month, he started a new job running the environment and natural resources division at the Justice Department. For Cruden, 68, the new role means coming home to a place where he worked as a career lawyer for about 20 years.
Cruden has been around long enough to have supervised the Exxon Valdeez spill case, a record-setter. That is, until the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Activists are gathering on Freret Street Tuesday night as part of a national day of action against the creation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 350 Louisiana, the Sierra Club, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and other groups are coming together to ask President Obama to keep his promise to veto the pipeline.
The event is called a "projector action." Organizers will project images of Keystone and its consequences against the sides of buildings on Freret and Cadiz streets starting at 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Hardman is the Coastal Reporter and Laine Kaplan-Levenson is the Coastal Producer for WWNO’s Coastal Desk. The desk launched in June, and with the end of 2014 the team curated a recap of coverage thus far.
Listen to the Coastal Team talk with WWNO News Director Eve Troeh:
The non-profit Public Lab is an environmental organization for the DIY community. They help people monitor the health of their natural spaces with low cost kits and materials. The organization launched after the 2010 BP oil spill with the goal of making information available to the public about that disaster.
As the 5th anniversary of the spill approaches, Public Lab is unveiling some new techniques for getting communities to document environmental issues.
Louisiana’s Moon Shot is the latest coastal feature by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Marshall, of The Lens. The interactive article, a collaboration with ProPublica, focuses on details of the state’s coastal Master Plan.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the state agency charged with implementing and maintaining Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan, is applying for funding for five major restoration projects. The projects include creation of marshes adjacent to the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, Lake Maurepas and Biloxi, and money for consolidated management of the Mississippi River.