Environment

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 […]

Resolution initiated by 13-year-old aims to recycle Louisiana’s political campaign signs

BY: - June 1, 2021

When campaigns are over, corrugated plastic signs are often left behind on neutral grounds and in ditches. And there’s another problem: Most city recycling programs don’t accept the signs, which are classified as #5 plastics, the same as yogurt cups and butter tubs. But in 2019 Tre Bishop, the son of Rep. Stuart Bishop, (R-Lafayette) […]

Aerial photo of industrial zones along river in St. James Parish

Group of attorneys general demands review of Formosa facility in ‘Cancer Alley’

BY: - May 24, 2021

A group of attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday demanding a deeper analysis of the climate, wildlife and environmental justice impacts of Formosa Plastics’ proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish. Formosa Plastics’ proposed petrochemical complex would include 10 chemical manufacturing plants and numerous support facilities. The […]

Tax-swap package now left to Louisiana voters

House passes bill that would hide corporate tax break data from the public

BY: - May 24, 2021

House lawmakers on Thursday voted 59-38 for a bill that would change the public records law to allow the state economic development agency to hide certain corporate tax incentive records from the public.  House Bill 456, sponsored by Rep. Rick Edmonds (R-Baton Rouge), proposes to make an exception to Louisiana’s public records law for certain […]

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 […]

Legislature names 4 to Louisiana Ethics Board

Louisiana Legislature may erase ethics charges against groundwater regulators

BY: - May 19, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature is close to approving a bill that would allow employees of industrial companies to sit on the groundwater district commissions that oversee the drinking water those companies use for commercial operations. The legislation would also retroactively void ethics violations five Baton Rouge-area groundwater district commissioners face over conflicts of interest. The Senate […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Bill to allow environmental self-audits by industries passes House

BY: - May 15, 2021

The Louisiana House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed an amended version of a bill that would allow industrial facilities to conduct environmental self-audits for certain incidents that don’t normally require notifying state or federal environmental authorities and would make some of those self-audit records secret for up to two years. House Bill 72, sponsored by Rep. Jean-Paul […]

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 […]

Resolution aimed at preventing plastic pollution in state waterways passes committee

BY: - May 12, 2021

When a container of plastic pellets fell off a docked ship in New Orleans and into the Mississippi River, it took three weeks for the company that owned the vessel to hire a company to clean up the plastic pollution. By then, pellets the size of lentils had washed up on river banks stretching at […]

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

Bill said to help solve the Louisiana’s abandoned oil well problem passes House

BY: - May 11, 2021

The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to exempt production of oil from abandoned wells from severance tax Tuesday. Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan (R-Lafayette) described House Bill 662 as a win-win for the industry and the environment. But environmental advocates disagree. The executive director of Healthy Gulf, Cynthia Sarthou, called the bill a “real […]

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Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

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 […]

‘It’s going to hurt the people,’ resident says of bill to make Louisiana a ‘fossil fuel sanctuary state’

BY: - May 10, 2021

Just south of Oil City, where state Rep. Danny McCormick is from, is the predominantly Black city of Shreveport. Residents there breathe some of the most toxic air in the country. Oil refineries owned by UOP and Calumet contribute to the town’s toxic emissions, according to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory. But as previously reported […]