environment

Governor signs orphan well tax exemption into law

Lawmakers hope ‘orphan’ well tax exemption will resolve ongoing problem in oil industry

BY: - June 10, 2021

Lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation that would establish a program to help fix “orphan” oil wells by offering a tax exemption on oil produced from abandoned wells that are reworked to produce again. While it may resolve the ongoing problem of leaky unsealed wells across Louisiana, one critic pointed out that the legislation simply gives […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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House committee votes to let industries secretly audit themselves

BY: - May 6, 2021

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced several bills this week that would weaken transparency by making various government records secret and hidden from the public for years. House Bill 72, sponsored by Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, would allow industries to conduct self-audits for environmental accidents and would make those self-audit records secret for two […]

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U.S. Senator makes surprise appearance at Louisiana House

BY: - May 4, 2021

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy made a surprise appearance on the floor of the Louisiana House Tuesday afternoon and encouraged state lawmakers to take advantage of green energy opportunities. Cassidy gave brief remarks to the House lawmakers at the request of House Speaker Clay Schexnayder. The Republican senator from Baton Rouge said Louisiana would soon receive […]

Cypress tree legislation clears House committee

BY: - April 30, 2021

A bill that would give added protection to cypress trees growing on public property cleared a House committee on Thursday and will move to the House floor for debate. House Bill 239, introduced  by Rep. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, would make it illegal to cut down, harvest or damage any cypress trees on public property. “If […]

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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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

United Nations condemns Cancer Alley pollution

United Nations experts condemn pollution of Cancer Alley as environmental racism

BY: - March 5, 2021

A group of United Nations Human Rights experts has raised “serious concerns” about the continued industrialization of the region of Louisiana known as “Cancer Alley,” calling the permitted development of petrochemical facilities and ongoing pollution of St. James Parish a form of environmental racism against the mostly-Black community. The group of 14 U.N. Human Rights […]