environment

Sinkhole
5:19 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Legislature to Consider Bayou Corne Buy Out, Saltdome Regulation

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:35 pm

It’s been 200 days since a sinkhole forced residents of Bayou Corne to evacuate their homes. 

Homeowners are fed up. Some testified at a Joint Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Some are calling for Texas Brine – the company responsible for the failed salt-mining cavern that allegedly caused the sinkhole – to buy out their properties.
 

State lawmakers have an eye on legislation aiming to amend constituents' problems and assure Louisianians won't meet the same situation in the future.

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BP Oil Spill
5:49 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Plan July 6 to Outline Spending of BP Spill Fines

The committee set up to manage most environmental fines going to the states affected by the BP oil spill of 2010 says it will release its plan July 6.

The Courier reports that a seven-page document released last week by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council includes a list of projects that would meet the goals of the Restore Act. It also describes how the trust money will be made available over the next 10 years and a three-year project and program priority list.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Vitter's New Clout Could Get Things Done

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:09 am

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets Thursday to discuss reforms to the Army Corps of Engineers.

One of Louisiana’s senators, David Vitter, now sits as the ranking minority member of the committee.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

BP Facing Billions More In Fines Over Oil Spill

Huge civil penalties looming for BP.

BP has agreed to a $4 billion settlement of a criminal case filed by the Justice Department over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A pending civil case could cost tens of billions of dollars more in penalties.

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Bird Count
11:19 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Bird Count Today at National Park in Marrero

The National Park Service is calling birders and experienced canoeists to the Barataria unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Marrero for a winter bird count today.

David Fox, the park's biological sciences technician, says it was scheduled after the Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count to attract as many bird watchers as possible and to avoid conflicts with other park events.

Beginning birders will be teamed up with more experienced birders.

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WRKF
1:12 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Senators Push Again For Pipeline Permit

On Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved an adjusted route for the Keystone XL Pipeline that avoids that state’s fragile Sand Hills. Soon after, 53 senators – including both from Louisiana – wrote a letter to President Obama supporting the project.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Fishing Industry Frustrated With Science Reviews of BP Oil Spill

Public forum held at BP oil spill scientific conference.

The public got a chance in New Orleans to hear about research under way to assess environmental damage caused by the BP oil spill. Some in the fishing industry say they feel left out of the process.

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
6:34 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Envisioning Louisiana: A Live Simulcast and Webcast

Join WWNO Wednesday night for a special live simulcast of the LPO concert event Envisioning Louisiana, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto.

The Louisiana Philharmonic, in collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, presents a musical exploration of how composers have envisioned Louisiana's natural environment and how cultural exchanges between Europe and Louisiana have influenced music.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

BP Oil Spill Conference Underway in New Orleans

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative conference.

Some of the world’s leading scientists and academics are in New Orleans this week to review research under way into the effects of the BP oil spill. It’s the first year of a 10-year review.

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Latest News
1:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Staffing Could be Cut at Calcasieu Lock

The staff at the Calcasieu Lock could be cut by half within the next 18 months because less federal money could be allocated to its operation and maintenance, the Army Corps of Engineers says.

Lockmaster Kevin Galley told a ports group meeting this past week that traffic will experience slowdowns in going through the lock.

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