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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.

Coastal Management
10:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Hearing to Focus on Plaquemines Coastal Plan

A public hearing on coastal management in Plaquemines Parish will be held Feb. 7.

The parish Coastal Zone Management Department said the public will be able to offer comment on coastal management issues.

The session is planned from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Belle Chasse Library on Louisiana Highway 23.

More information on the hearing and updates to the coastal program are available by contacting project manager Stephen Lundgren at slundgren@evans-graves.com or by phone at 504-836-8190.

Latest News
9:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Caney Creek Reservoir Meeting on Jan. 21

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing Jan. 21 on marine life and vegetation in the Caney Creek Reservoir.

The department developed a management plan for the reservoir in 2006, focusing on fisheries management and vegetation control.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the conference center at Jimmie Davis State Park in Chatham.

Presentations are planned on the results of recent sampling at the reservoir.

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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