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3 years later, BP garners criticism and praise

September 25, 2013

A little more than three years ago, the name of an oil industry giant praised for its good corporate citizenship in the Bayou Country became a dirty word.

Buddy Caldwell says he did not authorize lawsuit

September 25, 2013

During the last several weeks, numerous news articles have been published concerning the filing by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, (SLFPA-E), about a suit against multiple oil companies, some stating that I authorized it. One individual even stated that…

Louisiana treasurer suggests state-run flood insurance

September 25, 2013

Treasurer John Kennedy is suggesting Louisiana should consider getting in the business of offering flood insurance to its residents, to ease concerns of skyrocketing federal flood insurance rates.

Bobby Jindal weighs in on imminent flood insurance rate hikes

September 25, 2013

As the fight wages in Washington over imminent federal flood insurance rate hikes, Gov. Bobby Jindal has thrown his support behind efforts by Louisiana's congressional delegation to slow or delay the changes.

Coalition opposes delaying flood insurance revamp

September 25, 2013

While the Louisiana congressional delegation pushed to delay flood insurance changes that would increase rates, a coalition of free-market think tanks and climatologists lobbied Tuesday to keep “true cost” premium increases in place.

Coastal Wetland Act still vital

September 24, 2013

The Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, passed by Congress in 1990, created a lot of firsts for Louisiana.

Decades needed for recovery of tiny life on Gulf seabed after BP oil spill, new study says

September 24, 2013

The damage from oil during the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster to communities of tiny organisms living in and on the soft sediment on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico surrounding BP's Macondo well will take decades to repair, according…

Senator pushes again to win federal approval for local levee project

September 24, 2013

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., continues to pressure the U.S. House of Representatives to include the $10.3 billion Morganza-to-the-Gulf federal levee system project in its version of the water resources bill.

Vacherie area swamps to help with sewage treatment

September 24, 2013

St. James Parish government has agreed to make the final land purchase below south Vacherie for a regional sewer system relying on Louisiana swamp lands to do part of the water cleansing work.

FEMA or Congress, somebody do something about flood insurance rates: Editorial

September 22, 2013

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told a Senate committee Wednesday that massive increases in flood insurance rates are unfair to middle class and low-income homeowners. But he said he doesn't have a way to stop the increases under the Biggert-Waters Flood…