Louisiana Coast

Biden reinstates bird protections gutted under Trump

BY: - March 8, 2021

The Interior Department on Monday revoked a Trump administration policy that would have undercut a century-old law protecting migratory birds. The move strengthens federal regulators’ authority to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a 1918 law that allows the government to prosecute polluters whose actions are responsible for the deaths of about 1,100 protected bird […]

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 […]

Louisiana officials defend oil and gas industry, criticize President Biden’s order pausing offshore drilling

BY: - February 11, 2021

Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation and officials from the state’s executive branch lined up Wednesday alongside parish-level politicians and oil and gas lobbyists to express concern with or outright condemn a Jan. 20 executive order from President Joe Biden pausing offshore drilling. The president’s executive order, issued in the hours after he was sworn into […]

Louisiana receives coastal restoration grants

BY: - November 19, 2020

Over $5 million will go to the St. Bernard Parish government to “protect the remaining ridge through strategic armoring and reforestation” by “installing shoreline protection.” And another $1 million will go to the City of New Orleans to “conduct preliminary planning and design for living shoreline and marsh creation on the New Orleans East Landbridge, […]

Louisiana climate task force holds first meeting

BY: - November 10, 2020

Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, a body Gov. John Bel Edwards created through an Aug. 19 executive order,  held its inaugural meeting at the capitol building on Monday, and its chairperson said the task force’s effort will be about “leading us away from environmental disaster and economic hardship and towards a better future for our […]

Five more parishes can apply for Hurricane Delta aid

BY: - November 9, 2020

Beauregard, Lafayette, Rapides, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes impacted by Hurricane Delta where residents are eligible for aid to 10, the governor’s office announced Saturday. Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Oct. 9 near Creole, Louisiana, about […]

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 […]

400,000 Southeast Louisiana customers still without power after Hurricane Zeta

BY: - October 29, 2020

Hurricane Zeta’s death toll increased to six in the Southeast as of 5 p.m. on Oct. 29. A man was electrocuted by a downed power line in New Orleans, another drowned in Biloxi and a man in Acworth, Georgia was killed when an oak tree fell on his home. Two people were also killed near […]

Hurricane Zeta tears through New Orleans area toppling trees and power lines

BY: - October 29, 2020

A 55-year-old man was fatally electrocuted by a downed powerline in New Orleans Wednesday evening, becoming the first known casualty of Hurricane Zeta, a rare late-October storm that quickly tore through New Orleans and the surrounding area toppling trees, downing powerlines ripping off roofs with winds of over 100 miles per hour.  Another death was […]

“Zeta is literally on our doorstep,” Gov. John Bel Edwards says

BY: - October 28, 2020

“Zeta is literally on our doorstep,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference on Wednesday. Edwards said residents in Southeast Louisiana need to “now be where you want to be as you ride the storm out and get you and your family in the best posture possible for the storm.” Edwards said, “All […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Southeast Louisiana residents have only today and tomorrow morning to prepare for Hurricane Zeta, Edwards says

BY: - October 27, 2020

Southeast Louisiana residents have only today and tomorrow morning to prepare for Hurricane Zeta’s Wednesday afternoon landfall, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. Tropical Storm Zeta strengthened into a hurricane Monday and is expected to hit the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 1 storm somewhere between Southeast Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. At a press […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards issues emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Zeta landfall

BY: - October 26, 2020

Tropical Storm Zeta strengthened into a hurricane Monday and is expected to hit the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 1 storm somewhere between Southeast Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.  Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an emergency declaration on Oct. 26 and advised Louisianians to get ready once again.  “At this time, the hurricane is […]