Environment

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura damage means it will be weeks before Southwest Louisianians can return home

BY: - September 3, 2020

Thousands of people won’t be able to return to their homes in Southwest Louisiana for weeks because they won’t have reliable access to power, water and sewer services, state officials and health experts said this week.  The situation is especially dire in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, which were hit directly by Hurricane Laura. The storm […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura Recovery: Numbers that help you understand what’s going on

BY: - September 1, 2020

The following are some figures that should help the public understand the impact of Hurricane Laura on Louisiana.  600,000 people face water restrictions — or have no water at all.  There are 74 water systems in Louisiana — affecting about 180,000 people total — where there is a “water outage” due to Hurricane Laura. That […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura destroys, but volunteers rally to help Lake Charles survive

BY: - August 31, 2020

LAKE CHARLES — On Saturday, much of southwest Louisiana remained without electricity, water, food and other essential provisions in the wake of Hurricane Laura. While state and federal governments were still mobilizing assets, many residents turned to volunteers for help. Thousands of vehicles waited in long lines at a single distribution point in downtown Lake […]

Photo Gallery: New Orleans remembers those lost to Hurricane Katrina 15 years later

BY: - August 30, 2020

Robert Green lost his 3-year-old granddaughter and 73-year-old mother when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Fifteen years later, Green spoke to a socially distanced crowd at a healing ceremony in their honor. “Our spirit didn’t die that day, Green said. “Our spirit has been lifted by all the people who came, […]

After Hurricane Laura makes landfall, crews battle chlorine fire at BioLab plant in Westlake

BY: - August 27, 2020

In the destructive wake of Hurricane Laura, emergency responders and hazmat crews spent most of Thursday battling a chemical fire at a chlorine plant in Westlake in Calcasieu Parish. The BioLab facility, located on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles, sustained unspecified damages as Laura struck Cameron and Calcasieu parishes early Thursday, causing the plant’s chlorine […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Additional unemployment benefits to come next week, Gov. Edwards said

BY: - August 20, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards held his second of two weekly press conferences at the Louisiana State Capitol. What follows is a brief summary of a few of the many topics the governor discussed. Two named storms may make landfall by next week Louisianans who remain worried about the new threat posed by the novel coronavirus […]

Rise St. James fights Formosa, but elected officials don’t

BY: - August 14, 2020

The people in St. James Parish who are fighting against the planned construction of a $9.4 billion manufacturing complex planned by Formosa Plastics have waged that fight without the support of any elected officials. No Republicans, who have traditionally been friendly toward big business, have supported them as they’ve tried to keep a project worth […]

Formosa agrees to defer major St. James Parish construction until February

BY: - July 27, 2020

Formosa Plastics will not proceed with any major construction on a $9.4 billion plastics manufacturing complex it plans for the west bank of St. James Parish before February, according to a stipulation agreement it signed with the plant’s opponents Thursday.  Those opponents had complained to a federal court in Washington, D.C., that Formosa should not […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Louisiana’s congressional delegation can’t stop the Great American Outdoors Act

BY: and - July 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]

How many burial sites are on the land where Formosa Plastics plans to build?

BY: - July 20, 2020

Rise St. James and Formosa Plastics don’t agree about what’s going to happen in the future.  The environmental justice group says air, water and soil quality are already awful in St. James Parish, and, if Formosa Plastics is allowed to build a $9.4B manufacturing complex on the west bank, the environment will become even more […]

Rise St. James files injunction seeking to halt construction of $9.4B Formosa Plastics plant

BY: - July 15, 2020

Rise St. James, a faith-based environmental justice group in St. James Parish took its fight against Formosa Plastics to Washington Tuesday by asking a federal judge in the District of Columbia to issue an injunction against the Taiwanese corporation’s plan to construct a $9.4 B, 1,500-acre plastics manufacturing complex.  The group alleges that the U.S. […]

Louisiana Bucket Brigade leaders say their arrests for terrorism is payback

BY: - June 29, 2020

Two women from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade were arrested on charges related to terrorism Thursday, six months after they left a box of plastic on the front porch of a lobbyist for the petrochemical industry as a form of protest. Their arrests come one week after they won a civil dispute against Formosa Plastics. Anne […]