Environment

Haaland faces GOP critics at her Interior confirmation hearing

BY: - February 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Rep. Deb Haaland confronted expected tough questioning from Republican senators on Tuesday at her confirmation hearing to become the first Native American secretary of the Department of the Interior. But the New Mexico Democrat also drew support from Rep. Don Young, a longtime Alaska Republican who made a quick appearance to praise her […]

Insurance claim deadline for Hurricane Laura is Tuesday

BY: - February 22, 2021

Tuesday, Feb. 23, marks the 180-day insurance claim deadline for Louisiana policyholders to file a proof of loss for any claims related to Hurricane Laura, and similar deadlines are approaching for hurricanes Delta and zeta. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon urged all property and casualty insurers to grant deadline extensions to property insurance policyholders who […]

Report: Internal memo shows DuPont knew its LaPlace plant was polluting air 

BY: - February 20, 2021

Chemicals manufacturer DuPont decided to sell its LaPlace plant after determining it would cost too much to reduce its emissions of a toxic chemical, according to the Guardian, which based its report on an internal memo from DuPont that was entered as an exhibit in a lawsuit filed in St. John the Baptist Parish. The […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s timetable for road, power and water system repairs unknown

BY: - February 18, 2021

State officials say there is still no timetable for when state highways will fully reopen because the weather has been so unpredictable. Gov. John Bel Edwards said on his monthly radio show on 89.3 FM WRKF in Baton Rouge that Interstate 10 from Baton Rouge to Lafayette would undergo a “staged reopening” because temperatures in […]

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 […]

The term ‘Cancer Alley’ has a long history in Louisiana — and even a history before Louisiana

BY: - February 5, 2021

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy said he took offense to President Joe Biden using the term “Cancer Alley” to describe an 85-mile stretch along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans that has 150 chemical plants and refineries that nearby residents have long blamed for a variety of illnesses. Cassidy called the president’s remark […]

EPA nominee Regan fields GOP discontent on Biden climate change orders

BY: - February 3, 2021

Michael Regan would “follow the science and follow the law” if confirmed as EPA administrator, he told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a three-hour confirmation hearing Wednesday. President Joe Biden nominated Regan, who is currently the Secretary of Environmental Quality in North Carolina, for EPA administrator last month. Although Regan’s confirmation […]

Air Quality Regulators in ‘Cancer Alley’ Have Fallen Dangerously Behind

BY: - February 2, 2021

Mark Schleifstein, ProPublica This story was originally published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality needs to do a better job of identifying industrial polluters that don’t properly report emission violations, and it […]

Granholm vows to create new jobs, cleaner solutions as Energy secretary

BY: - January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm told lawmakers Wednesday she would be “obsessed” with creating new jobs if confirmed as the next secretary of the Energy Department.  Granholm at her Senate confirmation hearing talked up the potential for new clean energy jobs— an effort to assuage concerns about potential job losses in the fossil […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

Biden pauses new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

BY: - January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden signed a host of executive orders on climate Wednesday that put a hold on new oil and gas leases on federal property, place environmental justice in the center of climate reform and set goals of conserving nearly a third of the nation’s land and water.  “Our plans are ambitious, but we are […]

Biden yanks Keystone XL permit in first-day order, citing climate change

BY: - January 21, 2021

In one of his first official acts after taking office, President Joe Biden revoked the federal permit for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that would have traversed eastern Montana on its way from the Alberta oilfields to the Gulf of Mexico. The Wednesday move at least temporarily halts the construction on the highly contentious […]

‘Millions of birds will die’: Last-minute Trump rule aids industry

BY: - January 19, 2021

In July 2011, a pipeline owned by ExxonMobil burst near Laurel, Mont., dumping 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the nearby Yellowstone River. As federal officials reported the damage for weeks afterward, they found American white pelicans, owls and other bird species covered in oil, injured or dead. ExxonMobil agreed to pay $12 million to […]