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Plaquemines Parish

Shrinking Coast, Sinking Land Discussed at Louisiana Forum

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans balanced grim projections for Louisiana's low-lying areas with possible solutions.

Scientific Spill Studies, Funded by BP, Start to Yield Results

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists gathered in Alabama last month said their current research on impacts of the 2010 BP spill will help authorities deal with future disasters.

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...

Louisiana turns sand berms into barrier islands

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 3, 2013 edition.) Scientists and engineers questioned the cost and longevity of san...

Gulf Spill Trial's First Act Ends As BP Rests Its Case

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.20.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 22, 2013 edition.) Last week, BP called its final witnesses in the first phase of ...

Louisiana Parishes Fault Coast Guard For Slow Removal Of BP Oil

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.05.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

BP oil and tar that washed ashore or was uncovered in Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Bernard and other Louisiana parishes during Hurricane Isaac is settling into wetlands and shutting some public beaches.

Louisiana's Lafitte Area Wants Levee Plans Expedited Following Isaac

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.09.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Residents of the Jefferson Parish town of Jean Lafitte, 25 miles south of New Orleans, hope a levee can be built soon after they were inundated by Isaac in August and a string of earlier storms.

Temporary Housing Planned for Louisiana Parishes After Isaac

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

On Sept. 3, when Jiles returned to Braithwaite after evacuating to Houston with a caravan of relatives, he found his neighborhood cordoned off because it was within a mile of Stolthaven. "We were under mandatory evacuation," he said.

Dispatches From New Orleans as Isaac Departs (PHOTOS)

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 08.30.2012 | Green
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Everyone in our French Quarter neighborhood today is talking about Plaquemines Parish. Hurricane Isaac breached their levees, among others outside the federal levee system, and we have nothing but empathy.

WATCH: Father-Son Team Rescues 120 Hurricane Isaac Victims

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.31.2012 | Impact

Jesse Shaffer III lost his home in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, when heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac surged through the levee that protected their ...

Disasters Familiar To Hard-Hit Plaquemines Parish

AP | CAIN BURDEAU | Posted 10.30.2012 | Green

BELLE CHASSE, La. -- As water lapped over a levee, officials rushed to evacuate more than 100 nursing home residents from Plaquemines Parish, an area ...

Levee To Be Deliberately Breached Amid Flooding

AP | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green

NEW ORLEANS -- A state official says the levee in southeast Louisiana's Isaac-flooded Plaquemines Parish will be breached to relieve pressure on it. ...

'We Don't Know If Some People Are Left Behind'

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green

* Water tops levee in Plaquemines Parish on city outskirts * New Orleans mayor says levees in city are holding * Storm m...

Marine Life Suffers Near BP's Deepwater Horizon Site

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.08.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Dolphins are washing up dead while fish disappear as oil and dispersants from BP's 2010 spill lurk in Gulf waters and marshes.

Gulf Coast Wants The RESTORE Act Passed Before A Potential BP Settlement

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.18.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Congressional delegates from Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states hope the bipartisan RESTORE Act will be passed soon and before a possible BP settlement with the feds so that BP fines go to coastal states and not Washington's coffers.

Views Collide At Meeting On Louisiana's Coastal Plan

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A New Orleans open house held by Louisiana's coastal restoration authority last week on a draft of the state's 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast drew mixed, earnest and sometimes vehement comments.

Funds For Reviving the Coast Will Be Lean, Even With BP's Infusion

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.16.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

An injection of BP funds and continued spending by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may not be enough to counter decades of erosion along the Gulf, sp...

Gulf Beach Cleaning Slows Though Tar Remains

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Southeast Louisiana beach lovers -- upset about losing last summer's surf to the BP spill -- may be eager to grab a towel on the first, warm weekend and head down to Grand Isle. But some local observers feel the cleaning effort should continue.

Nonprofit Groups To Bird-Dog Spill Report Proposals

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Coastal advocates like much, though not all, of what they've read in the national, oil-spill commission report released this month, and instead of stashing the document in a desk drawer, they plan to stay engaged and speak up about its ideas.

Fishing Restrictions Hurt Louisiana's Meal and Oil Processors

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Boats searching for menhaden -- also called pogy -- were hampered by Gulf fishing closures this summer, reducing the year's catch of that lucrative meal-and-oil species.

Gulf Oil Blowout and Gusher: Environmental Catastrophe or Much Ado About Nothing?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The blowout accident is just one more in a seemingly endless string of environmental insults and injuries. Life on the bayou gets harder each year and a rich and unique heritage is slowly eroding away.

Louisiana Oil Geyser: 20-Foot Oil Plume Shooting Up After Hit By Tugboat

msn.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Oil is spewing from a damaged well north of a bay where officials have been fighting the spill from the BP disaster in the Gulf of ...

Winona LaDuke Pledges Help for Native Tribes Facing BP Oil

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

"She was a woman drawn to the border. She was drawn to battle; into the cycle of war and revenge. She never professed to understand war or to understa...

Parish President Is The Face Of Oil Spill Anger

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) -- Billy Nungesser, a rotund and feisty millionaire-turned-politician from Louisiana's bayou, hasn't been afraid of taking on ...

Delta Official: Oil Spill Could Be Hitting Louisiana Coast Now

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

We spent the day driving the I-10 from Tallahassee to New Orleans. A pungent odor is hanging over the Crescent City, and it has nothing to do with what is being smoked at Jazz Fest.