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Bold Case: LaBB Sues EPA

A protest is not always enough. Today, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LaBB) joined with eight other groups to file suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The environmental advocates contend that the regulatory agency missed legal deadlines to review pollution risks and implement new safeguards.

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.

Mary Landrieu Slams GOP on Govt. Shutdown, Vitter Says It's Not So Bad

With the government shutdown in its third week and the deadline to raise the debt ceiling looming on Thursday, Sens and Reps have still yet to reach a deal that would get government employees back to work, and keep the nation from defaulting on its debt. At a Small Business Committee hearing today and a press availability that followed, Louisiana's Senior U.S. Senator lashed out at Republicans for blocking a budget measure that would fund the government, and end the shutdown.

Lisa Jackson Eats Up the Apple Tree

Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson decided to step out of the oil and smog that clouded her foray into the Beltway after President Barack Obama was reelected. But Jackson, who grew up Pontchartrain Park, won't be returning home. On Tuesday, Apple announced they were hiring the St. Mary's Dominican alum, according to Fortune Magazine.

Ain't No Passing Haze: Survey Asks Public How to Reduce NOLA Smog

New Orleans is known for noir nights and the occasional marsh fire, but there's a more constant haze that hangs over South Louisiana. Ozone is also threatening to envelop the city. While we're not quite as bad as the other LA, New Orleans remains teetering on the brink of dropping below federal standards. The state wants citizens' input on how to reduce smog in the area.

New Orleans Test-Driving Bike Share Program

NOLA has buses, and plans for streetcar expansion are underway. Nonetheless, with less than 1400 cabs in a city of more than 360,000, it’s hard to get around in the Crescent City. Thanks to Bike Easy, the EPA, and city officials, public transportation could soon become a little easier with a new bike share program. The initiative is still in its infancy, but the first step marks a major jump for New Orleans as she makes plans to join the ranks of 22 other major American cities.

BP Banned From New Government Contracts

BP won't be doing any new business with the federal government in the coming months. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the oil giant won't be allowed to sign new contracts with the U.S. government. The temporary suspension comes as a result of a "lack of business integrity" the British company showed in the Big Oozy, according to EPA.

Green Groups Take Feds to Court Over Oil Disaster Dispersants

Last week, we learned dispersants could have played a role in disrupting the Gulf ecosystem after the Big Oozy. Now, a cadre of environmental groups want to make sure that if there is another disaster, the effects will be known before the oil starts leaking. In a lawsuit filed agaist the feds Monday, the group that includes the Sierra Club, Gulf Restoration Network and Louisiana Shrimp Association, argues that the federal government did not understand the effects dispersants would have on the environment before spraying it into the Gulf.

Fracking Us Out

Since the natural energy resources in the water haven't done enough damage, we now must turn to the land. Or, at least, far below the land. Thanks to new scientific developments, natural gas can be extracted from the depths of the Earth through a process called hydraulic fracturing - better known as fracking. Some of the prime pockets of this new method are on display in North Louisiana, representing potential new income from the energy industry. Just what we love around here, right? Well, leave that shovel up for now. As always, there are tradeoffs.

Lead Outta Contamination

As new toxic pollutants start to infiltrate our shores, it's nice to know that one of the old ones is going away. New Orleans' infamous lead levels decreased by as much as half in the wake of Katrina, a study conducted by researchers from Tulane and Colorado State University found. Because we need some good environmental news around here, we're willing to ignore all the paint peeling off of old houses. We'll even pretend not to wonder where all that lead went.

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