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Oil cleanup workers in Port Fourchon in 2010 Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Trial begins to decide BP’s Clean Water Act fines

By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer The penalty phase of the Gulf oil spill trial, pitting the federal government against BP Exploration & Production Inc. and

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Woodlands Conservancy protects parishes from coastal decay

By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer As Louisiana’s coastline shrinks, New Orleans needs all the buffering it can get from water and storm surge. Two years

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Bayou Rising draws attention to climate change impacts on La.’s coast
By Danielle Adams Contributing Writer (Special to Facing South) – With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill approaching, hundreds of climate activists gathered ...
S&WB projects could hasten bayou’s revival
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer Freshwater fish are jumping again in Bayou Bienvenue, the former cypress-tupelo swamp spanning the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish. Fresh water began replacing salt water ...
Faulty shale gas wells contaminated drinking water
By Sue Sturgis Contributing Writer (Special from Facing South) – Drinking water has been contaminated in Texas and Pennsylvania as a result of shale gas drilling, and the cause was faulty gas ...
S&WB projects could hasten bayou’s revival
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer Freshwater fish are jumping again in Bayou Bienvenue, the former cypress-tupelo swamp spanning the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish. Fresh water began replacing salt water ...
Lodges to be built for Tuscaloosa Marine Shale workers as hotels fill
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer Companies use on-site trailers to house workers engaged in fracking the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale deposit, and they’ve rented blocks of hotel rooms. But as oilfield and service ...
Oil industry’s image reportedly has deteriorated in La.
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer Oil and gas operators, once viewed favorably by many Louisiana residents, are no longer considered benevolent or benign, Lafayette resident Mike Stagg, a civic activist and an ...
EPA urged to reduce refinery pollution
By LaGloria Wheatfall Contributing Writer HOUSTON (Special from the Houston Defender) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to do more to protect Black, Latino and poor communities from oil refineries ...
Report: Drillers are illegally using diesel fuel to frack
By Naveena Sadasivam ProPublica A new report charges that several oil and gas companies have been illegally using diesel fuel in their hydraulic fracturing operations, and then doctoring records to hide violations ...

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