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7:36 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Army Corps Nixes Public Hearing On Coal Terminal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided against holding a public hearing on a coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish.

Officials say there’s no new information that would affect its regulatory authority over the project.

RAM Terminal wants a permit to operate on 600 acres near Ironton.

Environmental groups say the terminal would spoil coastal restoration projects.

Grace Morris is senior organizer with Gulf Restoration Network. She says more environmental reviews are needed.

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5:19 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Mississippi River Mayors Announce New Development Fund

The mayor of Dubuque, Iowa was one of 25 mayors in New Orleans Wednesday to announce a new fund of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.
Brian Mensching Flickr

The mayor of Dubuque, Iowa, says a new fund will help with seed money for sustainable waterfront development in cities and towns along the Mississippi River.

Roy Buol spoke Wednesday as co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative: mayors of 65 riverfront cities and towns in 10 states. Twenty-five of them are meeting in New Orleans.

American Water, of Voorhees, New Jersey, gave $15,000 to start the fund.

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4:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Massive New Construction Tool For NASA, Built In New Orleans

Engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility transfer a 22-foot-tall barrel section of the SLS core stage from the Vertical Weld Center. The barrel section will be used for the liquid hydrogen tank, which helps power the rocket out of Earth's orbit.
NASA/Michoud Wikimedia

A massive structure described by NASA as the world's largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system.

The 170-foot-tall structure is called the Vertical Assembly Center. It will play a key role in construction of "Space Launch System" rockets.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Despite Latest BP Spill Ruling, Deepwater Drilling in the Gulf Still Worth It

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:32 am

BP was to blame — that was U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling a week ago in the case over the Macondo well disaster. The judge found Transocean, which was operating the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010, and cement contractor Haliburton at fault too. But Barbier said BP was guilty of “gross negligence”. And that could mean that payouts by BP balloon to $50 billion or more ultimately.

Dr. Jim Richardson, professor of public administration and economics at LSU explains some of the business implications.


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5:15 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Louisiana Shrimpers Strike Over Too-Low Prices For Their Catch

Hundreds of Louisiana shrimpers are leaving their boats parked, and their shrimp nets dry for five days, to protest rock bottom prices from processors.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

This week, hundreds of Louisiana shrimpers say they’re leaving their boats parked, and their shrimp nets dry.

The Louisiana Shrimp Association announced a voluntary five-day work stoppage. The goal? To get shrimp processors to pay a higher price.

Louisiana brown shrimp season started with high prices in May. They stayed up for a while, but recently dropped, by up to a dollar a pound. Rocky Morales works out of Delacroix, La. He says blaming the big price drop on imports doesn’t account for the drastic change.

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7:43 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Oil Lease Sale In New Orleans Draws Big Bids For Gulf Of Mexico

No masks, no costumes at the auction of leases for offshore drilling.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the western Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development.

U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management official Michael Celata says yesterday's sales, if approved, will bring in about $110 million.

Celata says deep-water tracts drew the highest bids.

Conoco Phillips paid about $61 million for a single tract in the ultra-deep-water Alaminos Canyon area.

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Red River Radio
8:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Louisianans turn out for Texas hearing on oil refinery emissions

More than 120 people traveled to suburban Houston Tuesday to attend the final public hearing on new EPA rules that govern the amount of cancer-causing chemicals refineries are allowed to emit.

A busload came from Louisiana where more than 200,000 residents live within two miles of a refinery, according to Katie Moore, research analyst for the activist group Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

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9:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Benteler Steel/Tube ramps up hiring, hosts job fair

Benteler Steel/Tube project director Patrick Guillaume and human resources manager Rhonda Simmons discuss the future of Benteler's first U.S. steel/tube plant that is slated to be in operation by Aug. 2015.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:54 pm

Benteler Steel/Tube will hold a job fair Saturday, Aug. 9, for its steel tube manufacturing facility under construction at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. The $975 million complex will ultimately employ about 675 people. Human resources manager Rhonda Simmons says this event is geared toward blue collar, hourly jobs, but there are some salaried positions that the company aims to fill.

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Coastal Desk
5:17 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Working Coast Camp In Houma Teaches Children About Big Industry

The Working Coast campers set out fishing on their last day.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

South Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish has low unemployment — there are lots of jobs in offshore services. So many that there could be a shortage of locals with the skills needed. The Working Coast summer camp in Houma teaches kids about the big industries in their area, and aims to get them excited about those career paths.

About 30 kids hang their fishing poles over a small bridge outside the Water Life Museum in Houma, Louisiana. They’re enjoying their last day at the Working Coast Camp.

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8:08 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bollinger Shipyards Gets Major Coast Guard Contract

Detail of the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, produced at Bollinger Shipyards.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30.

The contract's total value so far is more than $1.3 billion.

Democratic U-S Senator Mary Landrieu says the latest funding is part almost $9 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the Department of Homeland Security's budget for fiscal year 2014.

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