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John Young requests 4-year delay in Biggert-Waters Act, by executive order

October 2, 2013

The federal government shutdown in Washington has halted Jefferson Parish President John Young's push for Congress to amend the Biggert-Waters Act, which would result in flood insurance hikes for millions of property owners. So on Tuesday he asked the Parish…

Judge hears claims BP lied about oil spill (Video)

October 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP lied to the U.S. government and withheld information about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after its well blew out in 2010, attorneys told a judge Monday.

Lead proponent of oil and gas lawsuit loses spot on levee board

October 1, 2013

The most prominent public face of a lawsuit against nearly 100 oil and gas companies will not get to serve another term on the East Bank flood protection authority that filed the suit.

New flood insurance program begins

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — Flood insurance rate hikes for many south Louisiana homes and businesses built prior to the first 1973 federal flood maps will begin being phased in Tuesday as new changes for the National Flood Insurance Program goes into effect.

Corps awards $4.4 million contract for West Bank drainage project

September 30, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $4.4 million contract for upgrades to the Murphy Canal in Harvey under the SELA program. The project is designed to reduce risk from a 10-year rainfall or a storm that has a…

Environmental groups target BP as second phase of oil spill trial begins

September 30, 2013

A variety of environmental groups are using the resumption Monday (Sept. 30) of the federal trial of BP and its drilling partners over liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill as an opportunity to demand BP properly compensate the…

In BP Trial, the Amount of Oil Lost Is at Issue

September 29, 2013

HOUSTON — With billions of dollars in penalties at stake, the civil trial of the British oil company BP begins its second phase on Monday, which will set the amount of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from…

What Gov. Jindal should say about skyrocketing flood insurance rates: Editorial

September 29, 2013

After Louisiana's congressional delegation fought for months to derail excessive flood insurance rate increases, after business groups and parish officials went to Washington to argue the same thing, after FEMA officials came here to assess the situation, Gov. Bobby Jindal…

Loyola-backed documentary on MRGO to be subject of free screening

September 26, 2013

Eight years after the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet received the bulk of the blame for flooding much of the New Orleans metro area during Hurricane Katrina, Loyola University introduces its new documentary "MRGOing, Going, Gone?," a film that explores the…

Metro area braces for flood insurance changes due to Biggert-Waters Act: Links

September 26, 2013

As Oct. 1 nears, area residents and officials are turning up the heat in their quest to get the federal government to delay what for some home and business owners could be drastic increases in flood insurance. Across the metro…