environment

BP Oil Spill
5:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Court Revives Call for Oil Spill Pollutant List

A federal appeals court has revived an environmental group's call to make BP PLC list the amount and type of every pollutant that got into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 oil spill.

But it upheld a lower court ruling that the rest of the Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit became legally irrelevant when BP capped the well.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took issue with BP's contention that the pollution information is readily available on the Internet, comparing the search to looking "for a needle in a cyberspace haystack."

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Environment
11:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

State Officials Deny EPA Violation Claim

State environmental quality officials say they followed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's instructions on submitting a plan to reduce ozone, but they are unsure why Louisiana was included on a list of states that failed to do so.

On Jan. 4, the EPA sent notices of failure to 28 states while also acknowledging that the letters are the result of unclear guidance from the federal agency.

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BP Oil Spill
12:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Transocean Heads To Court With Proposed Settlement

Transocean has proposed settlement.

Transocean, the owner of the oil drilling rig that exploded and triggered the BP oil spill is scheduled to make its first appearance in federal court in New Orleans. The company is offering a settlement.

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BP Oil Spill
11:52 am
Tue January 8, 2013

State Buys Wetlands with Oil Spill Settlement Funds

The state has acquired more than 11,000 acres of wetlands in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes as part of a conservation project funded by a settlement over the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana said Monday that the $6.7 million purchase of the forested wetlands on the north shore of Lake Maurepas is funded by MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, which was a minority partner in BP's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Environment
1:49 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Vote to Add Gopher Frog to La. Endangered List

The state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has voted to add the Mississippi gopher frog to Louisiana's list of endangered reptiles and amphibians and to protect Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and two pine snake species.

The proposed rule change would add the three snakes to the list of reptiles and amphibians that cannot be killed or removed from the wild without a permit.

Scientists don't know of any wild populations of Mississippi gopher frogs in Louisiana. But they once lived in the state, and the species is on the federal endangered list.

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Environment
7:49 am
Mon January 7, 2013

St. Bernard Plans Tree Collection

Tossed-out Christmas trees will be picked up Monday through Thursday in St. Bernard Parish. Officials of the parish road department said tress must be at curbside and free of decorations.

The pick-up schedule shows:

— Monday and Tuesday: Arabi to Paris Road in Chalmette.

— Tuesday and Wednesday: Paris Road east to Hannan Boulevard.

— Wednesday and Thursday: Hannan Boulevard east, including communities in eastern St. Bernard.

Latest News
12:13 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Judge: Houston Company Must Pay for Faked Tests

A judge says a Houston company must pay $1 million in fines and community service payments for falsifying water tests at an offshore production platform in 2009.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says in a news release that U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced W&T Offshore Inc. on Thursday. The company had pleaded guilty to tampering with monitoring required under the Clean Water Act.

Permits require monthly tests of whether oil and grease discharges are within federal limits.

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Politics
10:42 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Vitter Named Top Republican on Environment Committee

U.S. Senator David Vitter has been named deputy Senate whip and will take over as the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The committee has jurisdiction over levees, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environment Protection Agency, and two major bills coming up this year: the highway bill and the Water Resources Development Act.

Vitter also remains on the Small Business, the Armed Services, the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committees.

BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

$1.4 Billion Transocean Settlement May Set New Legal Standard

Massive settlements may be evidence of new legal precedent.

A federal judge will be asked to approve a proposed $1.4 billion settlement linked to the BP oil spill in 2010. Rig owner Transocean has reached a deal with the Department of Justice that appears to be creating legal precedent.

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BP Oil Spill
2:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Transocean To Pay $1.4 Billion In Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

The Transocean Discoverer Enterprise drill ship collects oil from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil well as workers try to stem the flow of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, June 12, 2010.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:10 pm

Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig where 11 men died in April 2010, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion in criminal and civil penalties to resolve Justice Department allegations over its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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