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Government shutdown extends public comment period for St. John levee project

October 14, 2013

The partial shutdown of the federal government has prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to extend the public comment period on its proposed $881 million flood reduction system and 18-mile levee primarily in St. John the Baptist Parish. The comment…

Corps award contract for new pump station near Port Sulphur, part of storm surge defense system

October 10, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $23.6 million contract to build a new pump station near Port Sulphur, part of an effort to reduce the risk of flooding in southern Plaquemines Parish.

BP witness says only 3.26 million barrels of oil escaped from doomed Macondo well

October 10, 2013

BP's Macondo well spilled only 3.26 million barrels of oil during the 87 days that followed the April 20, 2010 blowout that sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, killing 11 workers, a witness for the company testified Thursday.

Government shutdown sparks plea to White House to delay flood insurance rate increase

October 9, 2013

The effort to delay and minimize an expected increase in flood insurance rates is shifting to the White House since legislative action is stalled during the ongoing government shutdown.

House caucus strategizes on averting big flood insurance premium hikes

October 9, 2013

Nineteen members of a caucus working to combat sharp increases in flood insurance premiums held another closed-door strategy session Wednesday that included hearing from the lead author of the bill responsible for the new rate structure.

Pounds of oily material washed onto Louisiana beaches, swamps

October 9, 2013

With the passing of Tropical Storm Karen this weekend, contractors picked up 33 pounds of oily material off Elmer’s Island and about 23 pounds off Grand Isle on Monday afternoon after the stormy water helped bring mainly tar balls to…

Justice Department rests in second phase of BP oil spill trial

October 9, 2013

Justice Department attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the federal civil trial of BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., as the firms and the government continued to argue over how much oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico in the…

At BP oil spill trial, Justice Department witnesses bolster larger spill number

October 9, 2013

The parade of witnesses aimed at bolstering the federal government's argument that 4.2 million barrels of oil spilled from BP's Macondo well in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster continued in federal court on Tuesday, amid signs that the…

Documentary on ‘Mr. Go’ debuts at Loyola and will be shown on WYES

October 8, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A now-closed navigation canal blamed by many for much of the catastrophic flooding that hit the New Orleans area during Hurricane Katrina is the subject of a new documentary.

TS Karen leaves tar balls, beach erosion on Grand Isle

October 7, 2013

GRAND ISLE, La. - Life is returning to normal on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island.