Environment

Louisiana looks to avoid monopoly on electric vehicle charging stations

Louisiana looks to avoid monopoly on electric vehicle charging stations

BY: - May 23, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill that would provide an initial framework for a commercial market of electric vehicle charging stations in the state.  Senate Bill 460, sponsored by Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, advanced unopposed from the House Committee on Commerce and will head to the House floor for consideration. The bill received […]

air pollution monitor

Air monitors alone won’t save communities from toxic industrial air pollution

BY: and - May 22, 2022

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. One summer night last year, air began flowing into a steel canister across the street from the Little Bo Peep Child Development Center in Calvert City, Kentucky. The pollution monitor hummed into […]

Louisiana enacts new orphan oil well law to fetch $200 million in federal money

Louisiana enacts new orphan oil well law to fetch $200 million in federal money

BY: - May 18, 2022

Legislation that positions Louisiana to receive an estimated $200 million in federal grants to fix orphan oil wells became law Tuesday as one of the first bills enacted from the 2022 regular session. Senate Bill 245, sponsored by Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, was among an initial batch of 17 bills Gov. John Bel Edwards signed. […]

Florida’s Green Swamp

Florida seeks EPA help to prevent ‘catastrophic’ damage to wetlands

BY: - May 12, 2022

Federal environmental regulators should take over wetlands permitting in Florida to prevent “catastrophic” environmental damage where development and sensitive lands are in conflict, says Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried. At issue is a late-2020 decision, in the final months of the Trump administration, to transfer authority over wetlands permitting from the U.S. […]

Sharon Hewitt

Louisiana Sen. Sharon Hewitt has history of passing bills to benefit oil and gas, her husband

BY: - May 6, 2022

Public records shared with Floodlight in partnership with The Lens, The Illuminator and The Guardian, show state Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell also pushed for laws that would benefit her husband’s company.  

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Louisiana lawmakers propose study for wind energy pilot project in Gulf

BY: - May 3, 2022

Studies show Gulf of Mexico wind power is one of the largest untapped energy resources in the nation. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found Gulf winds can provide double the energy currently being used in all five Gulf states. 

Solar tax credit bill burns out in House committee

Solar tax credit bill burns out in House committee

BY: - April 26, 2022

A bill proposing a tax credit for the purchase and installation of solar energy systems in Louisiana failed to advance Tuesday from the House Ways and Means Committee. Republican legislators voted against the measure, 7-3.  House Bill 794, sponsored by Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, would have offered a 50% rebate up to $25,000 for […]

Hurricane Ida damage in Terrebonne Parish

Survey shows Louisiana residents worry about losses from hurricane damage

BY: - April 19, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Insurance shows people closest to the coast pay from $1,800 to $12,000 for baseline coverage for homeowner’s insurance annually compared to the national average of $1,300.

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Florida lawmakers push to convene for special session over property insurance woes

BY: - April 11, 2022

Monday, Senate Democratic leader Lauren Book wrote a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, saying that: “Florida is nearing a tipping point, and our neighbors are in danger of losing their viability..."

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Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of children

BY: and - April 11, 2022

Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin commonly used in water pipes, paint, gasoline and household products until the late 20th century, decades after scientists began sounding the alarm about its danger. 

Solar tax credit bill burns out in House committee

Louisiana lawmakers block attempt to pull tax breaks from solar, wind projects

BY: - April 6, 2022

Fossil fuel proponents in the Louisiana House of Representatives were met with resistance Tuesday in a committee where they brought three different bills, one of which would have targeted solar and wind energy projects to make them ineligible for state tax breaks.  House Concurrent Resolution 6, sponsored by Rep. Danny McCormick, R-Oil City, would have […]

Entergy proposes its customers cover cost of backup generators for businesses

Entergy proposes its customers cover cost of backup generators for businesses

BY: - April 6, 2022

Entergy has proposed a new project to give backup generators to grocery stores and other commercial customers across the state to form micro-grids that can be used during outages and peak demand times, but the utility company wants the rest of its customers to pay for them.  Entergy would also be able to run the […]