Environment

Bill to make Louisiana a fossil fuel sanctuary state signals lawmakers’ discontent with Biden administration

BY: - April 28, 2021

An attorney for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that a bill to make Louisiana a fossil fuel sanctuary state could jeopardize the state’s ability to enforce environmental programs. There are several federal environmental regulations — including the Clean Water Act and intrastate pipeline safety requirements — that the state is granted primary […]

Louisiana Senate backs bill negating groundwater commissioners ethics violations

BY: and - April 26, 2021

The Louisiana Senate voted overwhelmingly for legislation that would let the commissioners who regulate groundwater in the Baton Rouge area to be paid by the companies that extract it. The bill would also negate state ethics charges that five of the 18 Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission members are facing. The Louisiana Board of […]

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Pipeline companies want to change the law to avoid fines from Louisiana State Police

BY: - April 22, 2021

A Louisiana State Police commander told a Louisiana House committee Thursday that a bill to cut the state police out of notifications concerning small gas leaks would be a danger to public health. HB 549, introduced by Rep. Danny McCormick (R-Oil City), would stop Louisiana State Police from being able to ticket pipeline companies for […]

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Louisiana Legislature gives another chance to bill that would allow industrial facilities to self audit their pollution

BY: - April 22, 2021

A bill that would allow companies to disclose their problems at industrial facilities in exchange for confidentiality and reduced fines took a step closer toward becoming law Thursday, despite opposition from several environmental groups. The bill advanced out of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee without opposition. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré was […]

Legislature names 4 to Louisiana Ethics Board

Bill allowing water commissioners to be paid by industrial customers advances

BY: - April 20, 2021

A bill passed today by the Louisiana Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs would make it legal for groundwater district commissioners to be paid by companies that pull water from systems that they oversee. The Louisiana Board of Ethics considers groundwater district commissioners getting paid by those companies a conflict-of-interest violation under current law. […]

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

Congressional panel splits on regulation of ‘orphaned’ oil and gas wells

BY: - April 16, 2021

Members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel agreed Thursday on the need to clean up and cap abandoned oil and gas wells, but disagreed along party lines about the extent of the federal government’s role in well regulation. The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing was held to consider a bill introduced by Rep. […]

$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 […]

Cypress tree legislation would ban harvesting on public property

BY: - March 30, 2021

The cypress tree, one of Louisiana’s most cherished icons, is disappearing at an alarming rate, but a bill introduced in the Louisiana House of Representatives hopes to protect it. House Bill 239, authored by Rep. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, would make it illegal to cut down, hurt or damage any cypress tree on all public property. […]

Increases in royalties paid by oil and gas producers, lease rates targeted in Biden review

BY: - March 25, 2021

Interior Department officials indicated Thursday the Biden administration would change some federal oil and gas policies in an effort to roll back the aggressive fossil fuel agenda of former President Donald Trump.  Interior leaders at an online forum said that rates the oil and gas industry pays for leasing, royalties and bonding could be due […]

St. James Parish resident to testify at United Nations session on “Cancer Alley”

BY: - March 24, 2021

A St. James Parish resident who has been pushing for cleaner air surrounding her home in “Cancer Alley” will address the United Nations Working Group on Peoples of African Descent on Thursday. The session is public and available online through the OHCHR’s website. Sharon Lavigne, founder of the grassroots, faith-based activist organization RISE St. James, […]

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 […]