Manufacturing

Shintech plastic manufacturing expansion ‘very disappointing,’ environmentalist says

BY: - January 26, 2021

Shintech Louisiana LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of a widely produced synthetic plastic polymer called PVC, will invest $1.3 billion to expand manufacturing and packaging facilities in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Tuesday. To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered the corporation an incentive package that […]

Paper company invests $52 million into improving Bogalusa paper mill

BY: - January 22, 2021

International Paper will invest up to $52.2 million to modernize the paper mill in Bogalusa, a manufacturing mainstay of Washington Parish for more than a century. While state officials praised the company for the investment, an organizer with Together Louisiana, a statewide network of congregations and civic organizations, said corporate moves that involve huge tax […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

Judge dismisses Formosa Plastics lawsuit, but permit remains suspended

BY: - January 5, 2021

A federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a wetlands permit for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish; however, the lawsuit had already accomplished one of its primary goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended Formosa’s permit in November, and the permit remains suspended as the […]

Amazon to build giant $100M facility in Carencro and create 500 jobs

BY: - December 22, 2020

Amazon plans to build a 1 million square-foot fulfillment center in Carencro next year, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday.  The facility, the first fulfillment center for Louisiana, will be located at a 12-acre site formerly home to an Evangeline Downs racetrack near the junction of Interstates 10 and 49 in Lafayette Parish. It will […]

Will Louisiana residents line up for the vaccine or wait and see?

BY: - December 4, 2020

With the first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive in Louisiana over the next two weeks and for wider distribution by spring, will Louisiana residents immediately take advantage of it or hold off due to concerns over the experimental drug’s speedy approval? On Nov. 19, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana could […]

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 […]

Formosa Plastics permit suspended by Army Corps

BY: - November 5, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday announced through a court filing in federal court in Washington its plans to suspend its permit for a proposed 1500-acre Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish.  The announcement came before today’s Nov. 5 filing deadline for the Corps to defend its issuance of a permit to […]

Amendment 5 opponents say Louisiana lawmakers should take the amendment’s defeat to heart

BY: - November 5, 2020

During Tuesday’s statewide election, Louisiana voters rejected Amendment 5, which would have allowed some manufacturers to avoid the property taxes they would otherwise owe local taxing jurisdictions for new projects or additions and instead negotiate lower payments with those jurisdictions.   Edgar Cage, a leader of Together Louisiana, a statewide network of congregations and civic organizations, […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Multiple tax-cut bills pass the Louisiana House Tuesday

BY: - October 7, 2020

The Louisiana House of Representatives passed several tax bills Tuesday including one that gives $157 million in tax breaks to oil companies, another that establishes a state sales-tax holiday and a third that offers a modest income tax credit to residents who pay for tutoring for college students taking classes online. House Bill 29, filed […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

Lawmakers vote to give $157 million to oil companies and bypass school boards

BY: - October 6, 2020

A Louisiana House of Representatives Committee narrowly passed a bill Monday that muddies the state’s corporate tax exemption laws by creating a potential loophole that could allow companies to bypass some local entities when seeking property tax credits. Furthermore, in a separate bill, the same lawmakers voted to give away $157 million in additional tax credits […]

COMMENTARY

A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura’s damage in this area of oil fields and industry

BY: - September 4, 2020

By John Pardue, Louisiana State University Hurricane Laura plowed through the heart of Louisiana’s oil and chemical industries as a powerful Category 4 storm, leaving a chlorine plant on fire and the potential for more hazardous damage in its wake. The burning BioLab facility sent dark smoke and chlorine gas into the air over the […]

After Hurricane Laura makes landfall, crews battle chlorine fire at BioLab plant in Westlake

BY: - August 27, 2020

In the destructive wake of Hurricane Laura, emergency responders and hazmat crews spent most of Thursday battling a chemical fire at a chlorine plant in Westlake in Calcasieu Parish. The BioLab facility, located on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles, sustained unspecified damages as Laura struck Cameron and Calcasieu parishes early Thursday, causing the plant’s chlorine […]