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  • Corps rejects request for new public hearing on Helis' plans

    January 22, 2015 10:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dealt a setback to opponents of a proposed St. Tammany Parish oil well when it denied a request for a public hearing on the oil company's application for a wetlands permit. Attorneys for the group Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany... more »
  • Ag commissioner seeks preservation of La. farmland

    July 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top agriculture official is concerned about the loss of farmland in the state. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said Monday that 15,000 acres of farmland in Calcasieu and St. Charles parishes have been lost in the last year to wetlands mitigation projects. In St. Charles Parish, landowners... more »
  • Jindal replaces flood board lawsuit supporter

    June 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal has replaced another member of the flood board that filed a controversial lawsuit against the oil and gas industry. Jindal's office announced Friday that Tyrone Ben has been appointed to fill the seat of Tim Doody on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Ben... more »
  • 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 »
  • LOGA sues AG Buddy Caldwell

    December 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association has filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, saying he illegally approved a contract with lawyers suing the industry. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed a lawsuit against oil and gas companies in July, claiming damage by the... more »
  • Board to again consider 'Big Oil' lawsuit

    November 21, 2013 7:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A south Louisiana flood control board is again taking up the issue of a lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal wetlands loss. A resolution to re-affirm the lawsuit - and a competing resolution to stop action on it - were on the agenda released... more »
  • La. buys wetlands with oil spill settlement funds

    January 8, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - 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... more »
  • Projected Gulf coastal land loss dramatic

    March 2, 2011 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Scientists and others say that without action to protect and restore Louisiana's coast, the Gulf of Mexico will cover large chunks of coastal parishes in 90 years. America's Wetland Foundation and other sponsors released a report Tuesday from the Deltas 2010 World Dialogues conference, which brought... more »
  • La. farmers sign up for wetlands program

    November 13, 2010 11:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. agriculture officials say a record number of Louisiana farmers signed up this year for a program to turn little-used farm land into wetlands. In Louisiana, 22,544 acres were included in the Wetlands Reserve Program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Across the United States, more... more »
  • LA coast gets $800k for revitalization project

    October 14, 2010 12:17 PM

    Louisiana will share $2.4 million dollars in grant money with Texas to make important repairs to Gulf Coast wetlands. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the cash to groups who will work along the coastline of the two states to revitalize habitats. Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Coastal Bend Bays... more »
  • NFL auction to help Gulf Coast

    September 1, 2010 12:33 PM

    The NFL is hosting an online auction of signed memorabilia through the first week of the regular season to support the New Orleans Saints' Gulf Coast Renewal Fund. The charity auction on the league's website is among festivities planned around the opening of the regular season on Sept. 9,... more »
  • Free concert to benefit wetlands, fishermen

    August 19, 2010 5:06 AM

    Nationally-recognized and locally-based country musicians will share the stage at a free concert to benefit Louisiana fishermen and the wetlands. The free concert will feature several artists including Jamie O'Neal, Joe Diffie, Doug Stone, Sammy Kershaw, Jo-El Sonnier and David St. Romain. It will be held at Fort Jackson in... more »
  • 'Marsh' madness grows

    July 7, 2010 6:48 PM

    As anger over the growing amount of oil in the marshes mounts, so does the need for money to preserve and save those wetlands. "We're losing our future underneath our eyes every day," said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. Nungesser told state and national leaders at an emergency... 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 »
  • Gulf's coastal wetlands surviving despite oil

    June 29, 2010 6:43 AM

    From a seaplane 1,000 feet above Louisiana's coastal wetlands, the places hit hardest by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are easy to spot - dark slashes marring a vast expanse of marshes and bayous. Yet, after a recent flight over most of the affected sections, Paul Kemp, director of... more »
  • Millions for refuge acquisitions for migratory birds

    June 16, 2010 1:18 PM

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved a total of $35.7 million for refuge acquisitions and wetlands grants for migratory birds. More than thirty million in federal funding for grants to conserve more than 6.1 million acres of wetlands and associated habitats... 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 »
  • Fresh water released to protect wetlands from oil

    May 8, 2010 12:31 PM

    Louisiana and parish officials have opened six gates through Mississippi River levees to send fresh water into wetlands and try to keep out oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill. In addition, authorities are considering whether the Bohemia Spillway in lower Plaqeminues Parish might be adjusted to release even... more »
  • Weather expected to make matters worse

    April 30, 2010 8:54 AM

    There's more bad news for Louisiana as an oil spill oozes its way to the state's wetlands. The National Weather Service predicts winds, high tides and waves this weekend could push oil deep into the inlets, ponds and lakes that line southeast Louisiana. Thunderstorms are expected today with... more »

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