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U.S. Eyes European Safety Standards for Oil Refineries

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oil refiners can learn from Europe as they try to reduce accidents at plants in Louisiana and other states, U.S. safety experts say. After a string of disasters, President Obama issued an executive order last August to improve chemical facility safety.

ExxonMobil Won't Admit Baton Rouge Plants Had Safety Violations

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

ExxonMobil must pay $2.329 million in a settlement, announced by Louisiana's Dept. of Environmental Quality last August and finalized early this month, to address violations from 2008 into 2013 at its greater Baton Rouge facilities.

Louisiana gives the green light to a publicly opposed coal terminal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This is an updated version of an Aug. 26, 2013 article in "The Louisiana Weekly.") On Friday, Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources gave RAM T...

Public opposition to Plaquemines Parish coal terminals grows

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Aug. 19, 2013 edition.) Louisiana, a major exporter of coal from other states, could shi...

ExxonMobil Baton Rouge veers away from unions, United Steel Workers say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 22, 2013 edition.) On a drive through Baton Rouge on Interstate 110, you've probabl...

ExxonMobil is scrutinized in Baton Rouge after past leaks

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 15, 2013 edition.) Government agencies and neighbors are keeping an eye on Baton Rou...

Louisiana's Pointe-au-Chien Tribe Struggles to Preserve Its Way of Life

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.16.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 17, 2013 edition.) Theresa Dardar, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien tribe in Terrebon...

"Resilience" Theme Irks Gulf Residents at Green Conference

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A number of Louisianans attended, and the theme of resilience or withstanding adversity didn't sit well with some of them, who said the state had suffered unnecessarily from oil-and-gas greed and the mistakes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. What exactly upset attendees from Louisiana?

Chemical Plants Flock to Louisiana for Cheap Natural Gas

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Louisiana has attracted some cleaner industries recently, but after natural gas prices dropped to ten-year lows this spring, chemical manufacturers are rushing to build and expand. Residents need those jobs but fear explosions and toxic emissions.

Gulf Activists Stage Protest as BP's Cleanup Slows

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.21.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

BP's gushing well was capped in mid-July of last year but that was hardly the end of the spill saga for Gulf Coast residents.

Private Seafood Tests Uncover Toxins Missed By Feds

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Consumers used to worry about ordering seafood fried, instead of the healthier broiled-or-stewed option, but since the BP spill they're unsure about whether to eat it at all.

Fishing and Breathing BP's Oil: What's "Safe?"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Is it acceptable for recreational anglers, but not Grandma in Iowa, to consume seafood from previously closed fishing grounds on the Louisiana coast?

A Hymn for Nature in Peril on the Gulf Seashore

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

UPDATE FROM JOINT COAST GUARD AND BP COMMAND MOBILE, Ala. - Shoreline assessment teams recovered tar balls Saturday from the beach on Dauphin Island,...

Social Networking Crisis Map Shows Impacts of Oil Spill

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

UPDATE Breton National Wildlife Refuge Closed to Public Entry LOUISIANA -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has closed the Breton Natio...

Call for Social Networking Reports on Deepwater Horizon Oil Impacts

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

With ordinary citizens inputting real-time photos and testimony, the general public will have the opportunity to experience first hand what is really happening in the Gulf of Mexico and along its shores.

Cyril Neville Joins Voices Crying From the Louisiana Delta

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

While headlines are screaming about thick, gooey oil washing up on Louisiana's beaches, killing bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles, and "tendrils" of...

Earth Day At Your Service: Generation New Orleans

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Karen Dalton-Beninato

New Orleans met the new generation of grass roots volunteers the hard way -- they helped clean up after the largest American environmental disaster since the Dust Bowl and have been pitching in ever since.