Environment

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 […]

Louisianans affected by Hurricane Zeta can now apply for help from FEMA

BY: - January 14, 2021

Louisianans with Hurricane Zeta losses can now apply for help from FEMA.  Residents of Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Terrebonne Parishes who suffered damages can now apply for individual assistance from FEMA following a decision from the White House to approve Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request for a major disaster declaration. Hurricane Zeta […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

Judge dismisses Formosa Plastics lawsuit, but permit remains suspended

BY: - January 5, 2021

A federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a wetlands permit for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish; however, the lawsuit had already accomplished one of its primary goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended Formosa’s permit in November, and the permit remains suspended as the […]

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‘They’re so weary’: Louisiana teachers recover from back-to-back hurricanes during the pandemic

BY: - December 29, 2020

This story was originally published in Southerly magazine with The Hechinger Report. It is second in a three-part series supported by the Pulitzer Center about how southwest Louisiana is recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta amid the pandemic. Read the first story here.   Every weekday morning, Dr. Lisa Morgan wakes up at 3:45 a.m. at […]

After losing home, Lake Charles family keeps their sprits bright during Christmastime

BY: - December 24, 2020

Even though Skyla Thomas and her kids have had to move three times this year, it hasn’t stopped her kids from being kids. “We try to make it as fun as we can. We gotta keep these kids motivated, happy,” Thomas said in a phone interview with The Illuminator, as her laughing and screaming three-year […]

After criminal charges against them are dropped, prominent Louisiana environmentalists vow to keep fighting chemical plants

BY: - December 21, 2020

Louisiana environmentalist Anne Rolfes said Monday that she’ll continue to push for a moratorium to stop more petrochemical plants from building along the Mississippi River after avoiding terrorizing charges for delivering plastic pollution to an industry lobbyist’s Baton Rouge home last year. On Friday, the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office announced it would not […]