Louisiana Coast

Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind at U.N. climate conference

Who’s traveling to Europe with Gov. Edwards?

BY: - August 4, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ 10-day trip to Europe to examine new flood control infrastructure used in Amsterdam and France will include a delegation of state leaders and business executives with an interest in coastal protection. Gov. Edwards going to Europe to tour new flood control solutions The delegation will include: Gov. John Bel Edwards First […]

Gov. Edwards going to Europe to tour new flood control solutions

Gov. Edwards going to Europe to tour new flood control solutions

BY: - August 4, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Europe on Friday for a 10-day trip to examine new flood control innovations in France and the Netherlands that could be implemented in Louisiana.  Edwards will travel with a delegation of state and business leaders at the invitation of Netherlands Special Envoy for International Water Affairs Henk Ovink, […]

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Offshore wind farms proposed off Louisiana, Texas coasts could power 3 million homes

BY: - July 25, 2022

HOUSTON — The Gulf of Mexico’s first offshore wind farms will be developed off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, the Biden administration announced last week, and together they’re projected to produce enough energy to power around 3 million homes. The wind farms likely will not be up and running for years, energy analysts and […]

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. 

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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Wind energy expansion advances from Louisiana House

BY: - March 30, 2022

An effort to position Louisiana at the forefront of wind energy projects along the Gulf Coast gained significant momentum Tuesday when the Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill that would provide larger leases for such investments.

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What drives sea level rise? Report warns of 1-foot rise within 30 years, more frequent flooding

BY: - February 16, 2022

That much sea level rise means cities like Miami that see nuisance flooding during high tides today will experience more damaging floods by midcentury. Nationally, the report expects moderate coastal flooding will occur 10 times as often by 2050.

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River diversions at best premature, at worst sad, consequential loss

BY: - February 3, 2022

The economic cost of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion (MBSD) was estimated to be $275 million in 2012, $999 million in 2017 and then $2 billion in 2021. This now equals $149.2 thousand dollars/acre after 50 years. What will be the cost when finished?

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Family rescued from Port Arthur, Texas, flooding

New flood maps show stark inequity in damages, which are expected to rise over next 30 years

BY: , , and - February 1, 2022

Research using new flood maps shows the high costs of flooding and lay bare the inequities of who has to endure America’s crippling flood problem. They also show the importance of altering development patterns now.

New Orleans hurricane levee

Feds prioritize billions for Louisiana coastal projects

BY: - January 19, 2022

Not all of the projects are fully funded. Those with dollars from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will require 35% in matching money from the state.

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

New housing programs created for struggling Lake Charles residents

BY: - November 22, 2021

With promised federal assistance slow to come,  $11.3 million in funding has been cobbled together from different state and federal sources to help Lake Charles residents whose homes were damaged from hurricanes and floods.  The funding was announced Monday in a joint press conference with Gov. John Bel Edwards and Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. […]