Several hundred people packed the gym at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville Wednesday night for a meeting about a hydraulic fracturing well proposed about a mile away.
The Helis Oil and Gas project is designed to use a process known as fracking, and is strongly opposed by some residents. They’re worried about the underground well contaminating the community water supply. And they say it’s an inappropriate use of the land.
Helis wants to tap into shale with a 13,000-foot well on 960 acres near the high school.
Life City enables city governments and regional economic development organizations to spur economic growth through social and environmental impact. They help make businesses more socially and environmentally impactful while also earning more revenue.
Let me introduce you to a business owner.
“My name Renee Landrieu. I’m the owner of Landrieu Concrete and Cement Industries.”
Picture huge piles of sand and gravel. Also, those big trucks with revolving drums.
After three decades running the cosmetology program at John McDonogh High School, Deborah Richardson packed up her classroom and teaching salon last spring. Among the supplies: mannequin heads with human hair.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has named the city’s head of the redevelopment authority to be the new Chief Resiliency Officer. The new position is part of a program involving 100 cities across the country that is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Goodwill Industries provides a wide range of training, placement and workforce development services to help veterans, people with disabilities or a lack of education, and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce develop the skills needed to find jobs.
After serving two stints in local jails, Ezimbalist Pollard wasn’t an ideal candidate for a job.
“I was never a bad person,” explains Pollard, “but when you make bad choices, people look at you as a bad person.”
Disasters are causing more and more damage, and the federal government is spending more and more money to rebuild afterwards.
But before the construction crew can begin repairs, homeowners face months-long delays and poor customer service in the preliminary stages of the application process. Some homeowners even complain that the rebuilding process has become as traumatic as the storm itself.