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Louisiana waiting for feds' response to EPA ozone regulation suit

Dawn Geske Jun. 20, 2016, 8:29pm

WASHINGTON –  Louisiana is among a coalition of states awaiting a response from federal attorneys to its opening brief in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new ozone limits.

Gulf of Mexico oil producer fined $4 million for violating federal regulations

Taryn Phaneuf May 10, 2016, 3:48pm

NEW ORLEANS — After pleading guilty to violating offshore oil production safety and environmental regulations, a district court judge sentenced Energy Resource Technology GOM (ERT) to three years of probation, and ordered the company to pay a $4 million fine and a $200,000 community service payment last week.

Two Louisiana environmental groups petition EPA to stop paper mill discharge into Arkansas creek

Karen Kidd May 5, 2016, 11:02pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Louisiana Record) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received a petition from two Louisiana environmental advocacy groups seeking to stop an Arkansas paper mill's daily discharge of millions of gallons of wastewater, an EPA spokesman said.

Companies claim that the EPA is unlawfully delaying permits

Hoang Tran Feb. 26, 2016, 7:58pm

NEW ORLEANS – The Environmental Protection Agency is being challenged regarding the organization’s objection to state-issued permits given to a steel company.

Lawson Environmental Services accuses business partner of contract breach

Robert Hadley Dec. 10, 2015, 1:36pm

NEW ORLEANS – A Terrebonne Parish environmental company says its business partner broke an agreement to help it complete an Environmental Protection Agency contract.

La. AG commissioner celebrates federal court ruling against WOTUS enforcement

Anna Aguillard Oct. 29, 2015, 2:32pm

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently issued a nationwide stay temporarily prohibiting the enforcement of the Clean Water Act (CWA), much to the approval of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain. 

2 people sue Volkswagen, alleging false claims

Nick Bartholomew Oct. 15, 2015, 2:35pm

A Louisiana woman and Mississippi man are suing Volkswagen, alleging their cars do not comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

Breaux Bridge sues oil companies over alleged groundwater contamination due to gasoline additive

Kyle Barnett Jul. 7, 2015, 6:49am

ALEXANDRIA – The City of Breaux Bridge is suing some of the largest oil companies in the world claiming a gasoline additive has tainted the city’s water supply.

BP cries foul as judge allows inflation adjustment in Deepwater Horizon case that could total more than $4 billion

Kyle Barnett Feb. 25, 2015, 5:57pm

Deepwater Horizon oil rig

Fifth Circuit allows federal safety board review of Deepwater Horizon incident

Kyle Barnett Sep. 19, 2014, 3:02pm

Deepwater Horizon oil rigNEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will be allowed to conduct an in-depth investigation into Transocean’s role in the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 opinion on Sept. 18 agreeing that the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has the jurisdiction and authority

Orleans Parish school monitor sued for alleged open meetings violation

Chelsea Partington Aug. 27, 2014, 7:35am

NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans high school alumni association and its president are suing the New Orleans Master Plan Oversight Committee (MPOC) and its co-chairs for allegedly attempting to conduct a public meeting improperly, thereby restricting dialogue concerning the re-construction of the Booker T. Washington High School on an alleged toxic waste site.

BP free to do business with federal government again after EPA agreement

Kyle Barnett Mar. 14, 2014, 2:47pm

WASHINGTON – British Petroleum is free to do business with the U.S. government once again after reaching an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

More EPA Oversight

Don Briggs May 15, 2013, 6:09pm

Don Briggs, President, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

5th Circuit sides with EPA in Clean Air Act case brought by Texas environmental groups

Elizabeth Young Apr. 1, 2013, 3:21pm

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued its third opinion in an emissions case brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a number of Texas environmental groups.

BP criminal settlement approved by judge, remedial plan details to still be worked out

Kyle Barnett Jan. 30, 2013, 11:02am

Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Small business owner plagued by asbestos lawsuits fears for future of business

Catherine Melancon Oct. 19, 2012, 5:26am

Mike Carter, owner of Monroe Rubber & Gasket, reviews paperwork in his Louisiana office. Carter's company has settled 82 asbestos cases and still has 28 pending. MONROE - Eighty-two settlements and $2.3 million spent.

Judge rules EPA liable for $1.7 million in malicious prosecution csse

Alejandro de los Rios Oct. 14, 2011, 3:44am

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has ruled the Environmental Protection Agency maliciously prosecuted an oil refinery manager in the late 1990s.

Barbier: BP cleanup contractors are immune only if directed by government

Steve Korris Oct. 4, 2011, 3:41am

Barbier NEW ORLEANS – BP contractors who cleaned up after the Deepwater Horizon explosion can't share the government's immunity from personal injury suits unless they prove they took direction from the government and not from BP, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled on Sept. 30.

Government delays document production in BP litigation; Napolitano lacks email is cited as one reason

Steve Korris Sep. 20, 2011, 1:20am

Napolitano NEW ORLEANS – Homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano lacks an electronic mail account, the Obama Administration offers as one of many excuses for delays in producing documents about the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Lawsuit against oil companies claims Brown & Root worker died from radiation exposure

Michelle Keahey Sep. 1, 2011, 12:21pm

The wife of a deceased Brown & Root worker claims her husband died due to exposure to radioactive material and has filed a lawsuit against the oil companies that had equipment cleaned at the Belle Chasse facility.