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EPA's regional haze rule beaten back by lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – After a federal appeals court put a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency's regional haze regulations in Texas and Oklahoma, the agency announced last year it was dropping the issue.

Louisiana waiting for feds' response to EPA ozone regulation suit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deepwater Horizon oil rig

Fifth Circuit allows federal safety board review of Deepwater Horizon incident

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

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

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, President, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

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

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

Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

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

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

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

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

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.