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Sara Sneath, Floodlight

Sara Sneath is an environmental journalist who lives in New Orleans with her dog and three bikes.

Louisiana Senate backs bill negating groundwater commissioners ethics violations

By: and - April 26, 2021

The Louisiana Senate voted overwhelmingly for legislation that would let the commissioners who regulate groundwater in the Baton Rouge area to be paid by the companies that extract it. The bill would also negate state ethics charges that five of the 18 Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission members are facing. The Louisiana Board of […]

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Pipeline companies want to change the law to avoid fines from Louisiana State Police

By: - April 22, 2021

A Louisiana State Police commander told a Louisiana House committee Thursday that a bill to cut the state police out of notifications concerning small gas leaks would be a danger to public health. HB 549, introduced by Rep. Danny McCormick (R-Oil City), would stop Louisiana State Police from being able to ticket pipeline companies for […]

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Louisiana Legislature gives another chance to bill that would allow industrial facilities to self audit their pollution

By: - April 22, 2021

A bill that would allow companies to disclose their problems at industrial facilities in exchange for confidentiality and reduced fines took a step closer toward becoming law Thursday, despite opposition from several environmental groups. The bill advanced out of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee without opposition. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré was […]

Legislature names 4 to Louisiana Ethics Board

Bill allowing water commissioners to be paid by industrial customers advances

By: - April 20, 2021

A bill passed today by the Louisiana Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs would make it legal for groundwater district commissioners to be paid by companies that pull water from systems that they oversee. The Louisiana Board of Ethics considers groundwater district commissioners getting paid by those companies a conflict-of-interest violation under current law. […]

AG Jeff Landry signs onto $100M settlement offer from Freeport -McMoran for its damage to Louisiana’s coast

By: - March 4, 2021

A lawsuit pursuing financial restitution for damages by a petrochemical company to Louisiana’s natural storm buffer moved forward Thursday, when the state’s attorney general signed onto a $100 million settlement agreement. For years, parishes have been pursuing lawsuits against oil and gas companies for ripping up the state’s wetlands, furthering the state’s coastal land loss […]

After criminal charges against them are dropped, prominent Louisiana environmentalists vow to keep fighting chemical plants

By: - December 21, 2020

Louisiana environmentalist Anne Rolfes said Monday that she’ll continue to push for a moratorium to stop more petrochemical plants from building along the Mississippi River after avoiding terrorizing charges for delivering plastic pollution to an industry lobbyist’s Baton Rouge home last year. On Friday, the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office announced it would not […]

Marathon Petroleum, accused of fraudulently seeking tax exemption, asks commerce board to defer vote on its request

By: - November 13, 2020

A state board deferred consideration of $43 million in tax breaks for Marathon Petroleum Friday after claims that the company falsified public records to avoid going to St. John the Baptist Parish officials for approval. Marathon went before the Board of Commerce and Industry Friday for a tax break for an expansion project at its […]

Climate change leads to more intense hurricanes — and more mosquitoes

By: - October 20, 2020

Mosquitoes are a part of life in South Louisiana. But this year’s active hurricane season has made the biting insects intolerable — even to Cajuns. Parish mosquito-abatement offices around the state perform a simple test to see whether mosquitoes are bad enough to spray pesticides: They have a person stand still for one minute and […]