Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:20 am
After a federal judge ruled that BP's "gross negligence" and "willful misconduct" were to blame for 2010's huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company was exposed to billions in federal fines. The company asked the judge last month to reconsider. And on Thursday, he said no.
The ruling against BP could trigger up to $18 billion in fines under the Clean Water Act — far more than the $3.5 billion the oil company has reportedly set aside for that purpose.
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.
Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies are heading to federal court in New Orleans.
They will be making their case for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a levee board.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year. The board says coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.
Today’s hearing is before U.S. District Judge Nanette Brown.
The French Embassy in the United States and Tulane University came together earlier this week to present the French American Climate Talks, or FACTS. The conference series travels to cities in the United States and Canada to engage scientists and policymakers in discussions about the impacts of climate change, and how we can prepare to face them.
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.
As we explore the Gulf Coast more comprehensively than ever before, trying to understand better the complex relationships inherent in the restoration process, there's a lot to learn and keep track of.
In order to both understand and talk about coastal erosion, an expanded vocabulary is needed — one filled with brand-new terms whose definitions are integral to absorbing the problems and solutions Louisiana faces around water and land loss.
WWNO’s Coastal Desk has been on tour, looking at water management in other cities. Austin and Philadelphia were the first stops. Now we’ll hear about the final city: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A delegation of New Orleans city officials and non-profit leaders recently headed to Wisconsin. They learned how Milwaukee, built as an industrial hub, has become one of the greenest big cities in the country.
The New Jersey Sandy recovery service center had so few chairs that some customers had to wait while standing in long lines. The firm used software taken off the Internet and full of bugs. Homeowners were directed to make appointments through a call center, but employees were never told when they would show up.
That is what Sandy victims faced when they came to one of nine intake centers set up to distribute long-term federal aid to homeowners, David, a former employee, said. He said he and his colleagues wanted to help, but met repeated obstacles.