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  • Democrats back suits against oil, gas industry

    February 9, 2014 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Democratic Party is supporting lawsuits demanding that 97 oil and gas companies pay for damages to the state's marshes that led to coastal wetlands loss and contributed to higher storm surges during hurricanes. The New Orleans Advocate reports the 210-member Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee... more »
  • Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

    September 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore endorses the lawsuit in a full-page advertisement in Monday editions of The Advocate newspaper.... more »
  • Oil & gas suit likely topic at flood board meeting

    August 15, 2013 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Supporters of a southeast Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies greeted the board with enthusiastic applause as its monthly meeting was gaveled to order. More than a dozen stood and applauded at Thursday's opening of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, which oversees... more »
  • Flood official: oil companies 'trashed the hotel room'

    August 14, 2013 11:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control official is likening the oil and gas industry in coastal Louisiana to rock stars who bring a lot of money to the area but, in his words, "trashed the hotel room." Stephen Estopinal was speaking in defense of an unprecedented lawsuit filed against... more »
  • Jindal demands flood board drop coastal lawsuit

    July 24, 2013 5:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a lawsuit filed by a flood protection board against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies is a "trial lawyer windfall." The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in state court in New Orleans Wednesday. The lawsuit says oil and... more »
  • State to fix eroding section of I-10 in Ascension Parish Play Video

    March 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- The state is working on a permanent fix for a section of I-10 that is eroding every time it rains. Jeannie Guitreau lives near the area that is eroding and has called the state numerous times to express her concerns. "One of these big 18-wheelers is... more »
  • App may help track impact of coastal losses

    January 21, 2013 8:15 AM

    HOUMA - An Internet-based app under development may help a Web app may help document the disappearing culture of south Louisiana communities are they are displaced by coastal erosion. Called "Vanishing Points," the app is being developed by Florida International University student Sandra Maina, the National Center for Atmospheric... more »
  • Forum: Prepare for Mississippi River changes

    November 12, 2012 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Speakers at a coastal conference say the mouth of the Mississippi River is moving north, and authorities need to prepare for it. Paul Kemp, vice president of the Louisiana Audubon Society's Gulf Coast Initiative, says the changes present opportunities to get more sediment into eroding coastal... more »
  • DPW to make emergency repairs on culvert in Old Jefferson Play Video

    August 20, 2012 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Emergency repairs will be made on a culvert in one Old Jefferson neighborhood following heavy rains over the weekend. The homeowner told News 2 he had been calling the Department of Public Works for months. "They made a report and gave me a service number, and... more »
  • Tangipahoa council awards coastal erosion contract

    August 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish Council voted unanimously to award a $4.8 million contract to Bertucci Contracting Co. of Metairie to construct a stone breakwater designed to halt coastal erosion in the extreme northwestern corner of Lake Pontchartrain. Parish engineer Maurice Jordan says a 10,000-linear-foot wall can be constructed... more »
  • Mississippi mud may be used to stave off erosion

    June 19, 2012 5:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - There's mud - lots of it - flowing down the Mississippi River and getting washed out into the Gulf of Mexico every day. Now, in an effort to help stave off the catastrophic loss of the mighty river's threatened delta, the Army Corps of Engineers says it... more »
  • Scientist hopes oil spill opens eyes to restoration needs

    June 29, 2010 10:17 PM

    A coastal scientist says the spill is a perfect example of how a restoration suggestion from the past could help today. "I've watched canals, the effect of man on the environment," said Woody Gagliano, Ph.D., "saw the aftermath of Katrina and Rita and Gustav and Ike all across the coast.... more »
  • LSU Ag Center planning coastal plant restoration

    May 24, 2010 10:41 PM

    Plant scientists at universities around the state are preparing to repair the damage to the wetlands. LSU's Ag Center has revived the state's coastlines after hurricanes and droughts for ten years. The Coastal Plants Program focuses on plants that managed to survive those challenges, then growing more like them.... more »
  • Emergency repairs under way to fix erosion

    April 13, 2010 4:05 PM

    Emergency repairs are being made to a section of the banks along the Comite River near Zachary. Devastating erosion is encroaching near a busy street. DPW Director Pete Newkirk says the parish first noticed the problem after Hurricane Gustav nearly two years ago. "We had known there... more »

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