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Latest News
7:49 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Offshore Platform Explosion Kills 1, Injures 3

One person has been killed and three injured in an explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say the platform is 12 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says it appears there’s no oil spilled in the Gulf, and damage was limited to the platform, which was not in production.

Officials says Fieldwood Energy — based in Houston — reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. yesterday.

No statement yet from the company.

Coastal Desk
5:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Coastal Rundown: The Landscape Architect

City Park, New Orleans. Scene showing "lagoon" (remainder of the mostly filled-in Bayou Metairie) crossed stone arch pedestrian bridge. Ducks swim in the water. Above are Live Oak trees draped with Spanish moss.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons

WHAT: The Landscape Architect

A landscape architect is trained to design everything outside of a building — where pedestrians flow, where plants grow, seating, parks, playgrounds, sports fields, etc. Everything outside of the building is "landscape." This work includes the manipulation of spaces like grading and terrain modeling. The idea is to create outdoor spaces for people to use.

HOW it relates to green stormwater management and infrastructure:

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Coastal Desk
1:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WWNO's Jesse Hardman Interviews Nola.com's Mark Schleifstein

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein.
Credit Nola.com

This fall a series of long form news pieces about Louisiana's coast have appeared in various national media.

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Coastal Desk
3:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Levee Board's Lead Attorney Explains Why He Took On Oil And Gas Lawsuit

The Lens' Steve Beatty introduces environmental reporter Bob Marshall (left) and Gladstone Jones (right) for a live interview and Q&A held at Basin Street Station on Tuesday, November 17.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

On Tuesday, November 18, environmental reporter Bob Marshall of The Lens sat down with Gladstone Jones, the lead attorney in the lawsuit against oil and gas companies for coastal damages.

Gladstone Jones signed his contract with the levee board based on a sliding scale. The 16 lawyers on the levee board’s legal team will be paid between 22-32 percent, depending on the amount recovered.

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Politics
10:51 am
Tue November 18, 2014

How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

The State Department's Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline defines a job as lasting for only one year.
United States Department of State

With the Louisiana Senate runoff driving votes in both chambers of Congress on the Keystone XL pipeline, here's a question: How many of those jobs will actually be in Louisiana?

The answer: zero.

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Red River Radio
9:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Up-cyclers keep hundreds of mattresses out of Nacogdoches landfill

Wire home decor, made from mattress coils, are popular items made by Whitehouse, Texas, up-cycling duo.

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 11:34 am

The Nacogdoches City Council will consider an agreement Tuesday to recycle all of its mattresses that enter its landfill. The mattresses would go to a Whitehouse, Texas, couple who makes art out of the coils and sells it at Canton Trade Days in Canton, Texas.

Susan Hale is a furniture up-cycler. She is selling wreaths, Christmas trees, crosses and other home decor items out these reclaimed coils.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Closest To The Original Source: Biodiverse Farms & Ayurvedic Cocktails

Evan McCommon, right, stands by one of the movable chicken coops that he built after visiting Polyface Farms in Virginia.
Poppy Tooker

Evan McCommon has been converting his family's timber ranch into a biodiverse farm. The changes have been slow, but his resolve steady as the 1,100 acres change from a dense forest to an open savannah. 

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Coastal Desk
10:13 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Reporter's Notebook: WWNO In Saigon

Saigon bridge.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, has become an Asian mega-city. And it’s surrounded and defined by water. Districts here are often separated by bridges, crossing one of the many rivers that run through the city on their way to the Mekong Delta. It’s a bustling place, as you’d expect with eight million or so residents (and growing). Rush hour brings an onslaught of motorbikes and cars, flowing like their own river through the city.

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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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