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Detours on Decatur

Lower Decatur Street is about to get even messier. Beginning on Monday (12.07), Entergy will be doing some massive maintenance on their French Quarter infrastructure which means lane closures and parking restrictions on the crowded road.

Platform for Prosecution: Charges Announced For 2012 Rig Disaster

Cleaning up oil spills in the Gulf takes some serious time. Apparently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) also moves at a protracted pace when it comes to leveling criminal charges in relation to these disasters. Still, there ultimately is some action. On Thursday (11.20), the DOJ charged three companies and three individuals in connection with a November 2012 oil rig accident that resulted in the deaths of three men and a spill in the Gulf.

Construction Alert: Uptown

Uptown New Orleans is set for even more construction side-effects and delays. The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) is getting ready for a project on Magazine Street this week. Energy is set to start a massive project in the Riverbend.

Storm Surge: Power Out in Mid City

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Green Wave: Eco-Protesers Stage Sit-In at Tulane

The spirit of the Sixties is alive and well at Tulane. Today, Divest Tulane staged a good ol’ fashioned sit-in. The campus group advocates against fossil fuels, a controversial angle in energy-industry driven SoLa.

Brine Crime: Judge Sentences Breton Sound Platform Polluters

Even corporations must answer to the law. X-Plor Energy SPV-1, Inc. an Oklahoma company based in Texas dumped waste product into the Breton Sound area for two years. On Wednesday (3.05), the company was handed a stiff penalty for polluting the Gulf.

Mailbag: Seniority in the Senate

The Senate election is just days away. Readers, Warren and Mary Perrin write to NOLA Defender to weigh in on the race. In their opinion, the decision comes to down to empowering Louisiana in the chamber.

Drilling for Answers

Pols, Academics, & Industry Weigh In at Gulf Energy Forum

The Atlantic Magazine flew south to host “An American Town Hall” on energy and the midterm elections yesterday.  Industry representatives, academics, and politicians sat on four small panels and discussed fracking on the Northshore, commuter trains to Baton Rouge, Mary Landrieu’s senate race, and many things in between.

Crews Lose Control of Gulf Natural Gas Well

Crews lost control of a natural gas well while drilling from a rig in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. government. The rig, located about 100 miles southwest of Lafayette, is operated by Metairie-based EnVen Energy Ventures. No injuries were reported, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Oil Spill off Plaquemines Parish Under Control

The abandoned oil well off Plaquemines Parish that began leaking after being hit by a boat last week has been brought under control. Well owners Swift Energy said the flow of oil was stanched just after 3 p.m. Thursday. Wild Well Control brought the well under control after a barge carrying specialized equipment arrived. The well was shut down by Houston-based Swift Energy in 2007.

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