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Some criminal charges dismissed in 2012 platform fire

Some criminal charges dismissed in 2012 platform fire

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out some criminal charges filed against companies and employees following a 2012 oil platform fire that killed three people off Louisiana’s coast. But serious charges remain for some in connection to the fire, which broke out on a platform owned by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC. Criminal charges involving safety ...

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Landry seeks to take over parish coastal damage suits

The Louisiana coast at sunset. (Image: romaryka via Flickr)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry moved Tuesday to take over lawsuits filed by three parishes that claim oil and gas activities have damaged coastal wetlands. Landry’s office says it filed motions to intervene in 39 state court lawsuits filed by Cameron, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes against numerous oil and gas companies. The documents say Landry, as ...

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Gov. Edwards budget plan at odds with lawsuit settlement

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to redirect Gulf oil spill recovery money to rebalance this year’s budget appears to conflict with a legal settlement the state struck two years ago, aimed at ending a lawsuit over Louisiana’s “rainy day” fund. Edwards wants to steer $200 million Louisiana is receiving this year from BP PLC, compensation for ...

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$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has approved $52 million in Deepwater Horizon project money for coastal restoration projects. News outlets report that the federal-state Restore Act council approved the funds Wednesday for six coastal-restoration projects and a study of the lower Mississippi River in Louisiana. The money comes from Clean Water Act fines paid by ...

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Next governor will play crucial role in future of coast

NEW ORLEANS — The next governor will play a crucial role in Louisiana’s coastal crisis — either by aggressively working to save the coast or missing a prime opportunity to stop the state from slipping further into the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana is poised to receive about $8.7 billion in settlement money over damages caused by BP’s catastrophic 2010 Gulf ...

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Shrimpers decry low prices, damage caused by shrimp imports

NEW ORLEANS — Dozens of Louisiana shrimpers — ranging from Vietnamese-Americans to Cajun fishermen — rallied Wednesday in downtown New Orleans to bewail low prices, farm-raised shrimp imports and other woes in their industry. Shrimpers spoke out at a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, a body of industry and government representatives that regulates fishing in the ...

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Carbon credits could help restore coastline

BATON ROUGE, La. — A new reports finds the ability of coastal wetlands to absorb, and retain, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could be a means to help restore parts of Louisiana’s disappearing coastline. Sarah Mack, one of the report’s authors and president and CEO of Tierra Resources, tells The Advocate she doesn’t see carbon fully funding a coastal ...

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