Louisiana Coast

Lt. Gov. Nungesser raises objections to Louisiana’s coastal restoration project — again

BY: - August 3, 2021

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has again raised objections to a $1.4 billion coastal restoration project that Louisiana’s state government has said for years is key to combating the state’s land loss. “I just can’t understand why more people are not outraged,” Nungesser, a Republican, said at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.  Nungesser has been […]

Louisiana government researcher says she was fired for raising alarm about dolphin deaths

BY: - July 29, 2021

Gulf Coast researchers are raising alarms about a $1.4 billion coastal restoration project’s potential to kill and injure bottlenose dolphins. Now, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries employee whose job it was to count dolphin deaths in the state says she was fired in 2019 because her work reaffirmed the potential of the project […]

As coastal flooding worsens, some cities are retreating from the water

BY: and - July 19, 2021

When the tide gets exceptionally high in Charleston, South Carolina, coastal streets start to run with seawater. Some yards become ponds, and residents pull on rain boots. The city also gets a lot of rain. After homes in one low-lying neighborhood flooded three times in four years, the city offered to buy out 32 flood-prone […]

Grassroot groups give Louisiana lawmakers an ‘F’ on the environment

BY: - July 7, 2021

Louisiana is among the nation’s top energy producing states. It’s also among the states most vulnerable to climate change, which is driving more intense hurricanes and rising seas. That combination of energy production and geographic vulnerability means state lawmakers are in a powerful position to address the environmental impacts of energy production. So how did […]

Recreational fishers want Louisiana’s biggest commercial fishery to back off nearshore waters

BY: - June 4, 2021

A small silver fish was the topic of a nearly three hour discussion among fishers, environmental advocates and lawmakers at the Louisiana Capitol this week. At issue was House Bill 535, which would not allow menhaden fishing within a quarter mile of Louisiana’s shore. Menhaden, also called pogies, are small bait fish caught in the […]

Gov. Edwards speaks on unemployment benefits, legalizing marijuana and election reform

BY: - May 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced several coastal restoration projects along Southeast Louisiana Wednesday afternoon, which he said would “make our coastal communities and our land more resilient.” And in a separate radio show later that afternoon, Edwards discussed his opinions on some of the more controversial bills moving through the Louisiana Legislature, including bills addressing […]

New law keeps some industrial pollution accidents hidden from the public

Gov. Edwards wants feds to end suspension against oil and gas leases in Gulf

BY: - May 13, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Congress to lift the pause on oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico at a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing Thursday. “If this pause turns into something longer than the word ‘pause’ suggests, we know that it will have a tremendously adverse impact on […]

COMMENTARY

Louisiana’s shrinking wetlands puts communities and cultures at risk | Charles Allen

BY: - May 11, 2021

Last year, I had the opportunity to board a small plane and fly over Louisiana’s coast. Taking off from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, recognizable landmarks like the Louisiana Superdome quickly faded into the background, and in only 20-30 minutes, we were flying over open water. We often hear that our wetlands are vanishing, but […]

$700k in BP oil spill settlement money is still waiting for Louisianians to claim

BY: - March 30, 2021

Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder said in a press release Tuesday that the state treasury still has more than $700,000 for people and businesses harmed by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP Oil spill. According to Schroder’s office, more than 100 people or businesses are owed at least $1,000, and at least one business […]

Louisiana AG Jeff Landry files lawsuit against what he calls President Biden’s ‘attack on American energy independence’

BY: - March 24, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a lawsuit challenging President Joe Biden’s executive order that temporarily suspends new oil and gas leases on public lands or offshore waters. On Wednesday Landry announced in a press release that he is leading 13 state attorneys general in a federal lawsuit against what Landry calls the Biden administration’s […]

Gulf Coast birds get $35 million in help from BP oil spill settlement

BY: - March 22, 2021

The Deepwater Horizon Trustees on Monday announced nearly $100 million in new Gulf Coast restoration projects for ecosystems destroyed or injured by the BP oil spill. Specifically, the projects aim to rebuild and protect habitats for sea turtles, marine mammals, oysters, and birds across the five states and parts of Mexico impacted by the BP […]

Four big questions about the feds’ scrutiny of oil and gas leasing on public lands

BY: - March 22, 2021

In his first week in office, President Joe Biden paused new oil and gas leasing on federal lands as his administration reviewed fossil fuel development policy.  Now that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has taken office, the administration is gearing up to begin that process. A forum comprising the energy industry, conservation groups, labor organizations and […]