ExxonMobil refinery on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge. Photo by Monique Verdin, courtesy of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade

ExxonMobil denies its Baton Rouge plants had safety violations

By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer ExxonMobil must pay $2.329 million in a settlement, announced by the state’s Dept. of Environ-mental Quality last August and finalized

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More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on La. beaches

By Bob Marshall The Lens The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was just a month old and BP’s crude oil was still gushing from the Gulf

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Flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina was blamed on the MRGO channel, which was closed in 2009.
Two CPRA lawsuits add to recent coastal litigation
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer The blame game over who’s responsible for Louisiana’s wetlands loss and hurricane defenses and how to pay for them accelerated this month. The state’s Coastal Protection and ...
La. Bucket Brigade pushes refineries to decrease high rate of industry accidents
By Michael Patrick Welch Contributing Writer On November 12, in a tiny office on Canal St., the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB), an information and activism organization, held a press conference to raise ...
Joint fed-state river study to support future projects
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer At a public meeting Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority updated residents on a joint Louisiana Coas­tal Area study ...
BP defends its 2010 Gulf spill estimate in federal court
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer Barrel counting continued at the quantification trial for the 2010 Macondo spill in U.S. District Court on Poydras St. last week. With Judge Carl Barbier presiding, BP ...
More oil from BP spill found on La. coastline in mid-2013
By Gordon Brillon The Lens Oil collection on the Louisiana coastline from the Deepwater Horizon spill continues to increase three years after the disaster, a governor’s office representative told the Coastal ...
Feds and BP quarrel about flow at Macondo spill trial
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer At the phase two Macondo spill trial, number crunching on the oil flow or the quantification part started Monday in U.S. District Court on Poydras St., ...
Claiborne study to end after two more community forums
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer A study that began last year as part of the city’s Livable Claiborne Communities Initiative will wrap up in October with two more community meetings and a ...
Levee board defends its oil-and-gas suit
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East—the local, levee board formed after Katrina—has been subjected to multiple, Jindal Administration jabs for filing a coastal erosion lawsuit against oil-and-gas ...

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