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Latest News
7:02 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Judge Denies BP's Attempt To Avoid Up To $18 Billion In Fines

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.

NPR's Jeff Brady reports:

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Latest News
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hundreds Pack Mandeville Fracking Hearing

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.

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Latest News
7:06 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Levee Board Lawsuit Heads To Federal Court

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.

Coastal Desk
3:55 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

FACTS Conference Says Climate Change Is Now

A full crowd at the FACTS conference, held in Tulane University's Lavin Bernik Center.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

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.

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Community Impact
8:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Helping Businesses Make More Money With Positive Environmental Choices

Chris Vizzini of Progressive Waste Management, along with Liz Shephard from LifeCity, looking through the dumpsters at Landrieu Concrete and Cement Industries to assess waste.
Credit Eve Abrams / WWNO

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.

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Latest News
7:28 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Lawyers Called To Answer BP Spill Claims Fraud Allegations

Lawyers accused of mishandling damage claims from the 2010 BP oil spill are expected to testify today before a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear the matter.

The lawyers are at the center of a 2013 probe conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Claims of fraud are linked to a settlement of civil litigation that following the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig disaster. 

The lawyers set to testify today are expected to challenge the report's findings.

Coastal Desk
8:50 am
Thu November 6, 2014

WWNO's Coastal Glossary

Aerial view of wetlands
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Coastal Desk
1:23 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

A Green Scene Is Brewing On Milwaukee's Fresh Coast

Milwaukee based Rockwell Automation has Wisconsin's largest green roof
Credit Jesse Hardman

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.

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Food
5:28 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Keeping Seafood On The Table

A harvest of sheepshead at a recent event promoting Gulf seafood.
Ian McNulty

Chefs and restaurateurs are increasingly joining efforts to promote sustainable Gulf seafood for reasons that unite the economy, the ecology and regional culture.  

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Coastal Desk
12:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Other Industry That's Too Big to Fail

A house in the Gentilly neighborhood, left unrepaired since Hurricane Katrina.
Eve Troeh

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.

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