Assumption Parish Sinkhole
1:20 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

La. Levies More Fines Against Texas Brine

The Louisiana Office of Conservation has levied an additional $160,000 fine against Texas Brine Co. LLC.

Commissioner James Welsh says the fine levied Monday is for continued failure to comply with his directives for an 8-acre sinkhole and oil and methane releases in northern Assumption Parish.

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11:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Plaquemines Wants Your Christmas Tree

Plaquemines Parish plans to collect Christmas trees after the season to help rebuild wetlands in the coastal parish.

The parish garbage collection company, Solid Waste North and South, will pick them up at curbside after the holidays.

Authorities said all decorations, lights, tinsel, garland and other materials must be removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

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7:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Louisiana Bucket Brigade Reports Oil Pollution Increasing

Louisiana Bucket Brigade Founding Director Anne Rolfes.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is releasing a report later today on accidents at refineries across the state during 2011. The group says pollution is increasing.

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BP Oil Spill
6:43 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Contract Ban, Civil Litigation Add To BP's Woes

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:18 am



It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

The multinational oil firm BP is being taken to account for the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Yesterday, the Obama administration banned BP from any new contacts with the federal government, citing, quote, "a lack of business integrity" related to the spill - that after BP admitted criminal wrongdoing in its recent settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

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BP Oil Spill
11:37 am
Wed November 28, 2012

EPA Temporarily Halts New Federal Contracts For BP

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Citing a "lack of business integrity," the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was temporarily suspending the oil giant BP from entering into new contracts with the federal government.

In a press release, the EPA said BP demonstrated the lack of integrity during the Deepwater Horizon "blowout, explosion, oil spill and response." This kind of suspension, the EPA explained, is "standard practice when a responsibility question is raised by action in a criminal case."

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6:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Senator Landrieu Backs Civil Settlement With BP

Senator Landrieu hopes BP will settle oil spill civil lawsuit.

With the BP criminal settlement over the 2010 oil spill now pending a judge’s approval, talks are heating up to reach a deal on civil Clean Water Act fines. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is hoping they’re successful.

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4:16 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Overrun By Otters, Illinois Reinstates Trapping Season

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 8:44 am



Just over a couple of decades ago, there were fewer than 100 otters remaining in the state of Illinois. Today, there are at least 15,000. They're furry and cute and a nuisance to some, often called the raccoons of Illinois waterways. What's wrong with raccoons? Anyway. So for the first time in almost 90 years, Illinois has reinstated otter trapping season. We called Bob Bluett, a biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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11:57 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Search Continues Around Burned Offshore Platform

Black Elk Energy continues search for missing worker.

A Texas oil company is still searching for a missing worker near a burned platform off the Louisiana coast. The company is using dive teams and a search-and-rescue dog.

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11:59 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Body Found Near Burned Offshore Rig

Body found near oil rig fire.

The body of one of two missing oil rig workers has been found near the offshore platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company says divers will continue looking for the other missing worker.

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8:29 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Coast Guard Suspends Search For 2 Missing Rig Workers

Search called off for 2 rig workers missing since Friday's fire.

The Coast Guard has called off a search for two men missing from an oil platform that caught fire Friday morning off the Louisiana coast. Officials say it appears no oil is leaking from the rig.

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