Louisiana: Important Legislation is being considered in tomorrow’s Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. Tomorrow, April 27

From LEAN –

Important Legislation is being considered in tomorrow’s Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. Tomorrow, April 27, 2021 at 10:00am, the Senate Committee will consider SB2 by Senator Fields and SB44 by Senator Peterson. Both of these bills intend to better protect Louisiana communities.
SB2 by Senator Fields – Requires air monitoring systems in certain permitted facilities
SB44 by Senator Peterson and Representative Landry – Provides for reporting and notification of releases of certain materials that cause an emergency condition.
Please reach out to the Senate Committee of Environmental Quality to let them know you support these bills and their efforts to better protect Louisiana residents! Click on the names below for contact information, including email.
Senate Environmental Quality Committee Members

Lambert, Eddie J. Chairman District   18 R
Pope, J. Rogers Vice Chair District   13 R
Connick, Patrick Member District   8 R
Hensgens, Bob Member District   26 R
Hewitt, Sharon Member District   1 R
Peterson, Karen Carter Member District   5 D
Price, Edward J. Member District   2 D
Cathey, Stewart, Jr. Ex Officio District   33 R
Senate Committee Contact:
senvq@legis.la.gov 
225-342-1771


 

 

 

 

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Important message from LEAN on post Hurricane Laura pollution issues

“Aerial photographs from last week, taken by Julie Dermansky for LEAN, show widespread damage, tank failures and the presence of sheens covering waterbodies throughout the area. Flooding and extreme winds caused by Hurricane Laura create the potential for a variety of hazardous substances to be leaked, spilled, and/or washed into the surrounding environment. Residents working to rebuild and recover should be aware of this potential contamination and take appropriate precautions to protect their health and property. “

PHOTOS: Hurricane Laura Aftermath 9/2/20Aerial photographs of the Lake Charles and Cameron area following Hurricane

 

EPA – Hurricane Laura Management Report – August 29, 2020 #6 [PDF]

 

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LEAN Looks at Deepwater Horizon 10 years ago

From Marylee Orr , Executive Director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network –

“On this anniversary, our hearts go out to the 11 men whose lives were lost on the Deepwater Horizon 10 years ago and to all those we have lost in the current Covid-19 pandemic. May our society learn and grow and be better due to these tragedies.”

10th anniversary report: TEN YEARS AFTER DEEPWATER HORIZON – Whistleblowers Continue to Suffer an Unending Medical Nightmare Triggered by Corexit – [PDF]

 

Neighbors of the Fence

The Bitter Southerner

The stretch of the Mississippi River in Louisiana from north Baton Rouge to New Orleans has been plagued with so many industrial accidents and chemical spills that it’s developed an unfortunate nickname: Cancer Alley. Today, journalist David Hanson takes takes us to the Standard Heights neighborhood of Baton Rouge, where the residents and a small army of advocates explain what it’s like to live with house-rattling refinery explosions, salt domes collapsing in barge-eating sinkholes and mysterious flakes falling from the sky.

Story, Photos & Audio by David Hanson

http://bittersoutherner.com/neighbors-of-the-fence#.VspHfcvSlY

What do YOU think?

MONDAY NEWS

Fluid movement after 9 a.m. this morning. LA12 shows it.

Attorney, Stuart Smith – Progress for the people of Louisiana

One of the major themes I’ve been writing about frequently in the last year is the rising environmental movement in Louisiana. To be clear, my home state already boasted some fierce fighters for environmental justice, like Marylee Orr and her Louisiana Environmental Action Network, or the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, doing battle with dirty chemical plants. But the shock of recent events such as the BP oil spill and the Bayou Corne sinkhole has caused a lot more people to wake up, and they’ve rallied behind movements like Gen. Russel Honore’s “Green Army.” . . .

Texas Brine put out  a fact sheet about how they plug wells.

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Wed. & Thurs. News

WEDNESDAY

New Orleans Times-PicayuneBayou Corne sinkhole: Texas Brine seeks permit to discharge wastewater at site, residents speak out < that paper has huge readership!

” . . . Greg Miller, a geologist hired by Cotten’s firm as a consultant, said the permit application “totally ignores” that discharging wastewater into the sinkhole could contaminate a usable groundwater source that exists between the water’s surface and the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer. . .  “

The Bugle also says this: “a HUGE thank you to the GreenARMY for their representation and support in opposition to this illegal request. A big shout out to those who made the very long drive here from all parts of the state to be in Napoleonville to support us… Nara Crawley, Glo Conlin, Cheryl Perret, Darryl Malek-Wiley and Wilma Subra were not only being there for support, but stepped up to the podium to verbalize their opposition to this travesty.”

Iceland news is really scary – Sinking Iceland volcano raises flood worries

THURSDAY

We will watch the weather next week as some big storms west of Florida may come across to the Gulf coast. There will be live updates on the right sidebar in the NOAA’s RSS feed.

STANDBY – Parish Blog has a scary update … (see above ).

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Big Oil Spill in Texas + Weekend News

Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews were working through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. . . .

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel < has photo 

USCG photo

Texas City dike closed after barge and ship collide

As much as 168,000 gallons of thick shipping fuel may have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike Saturday afternoon, sparking closures on the waterway and prompting a massive cleanup effort. . . .  < has photos

Big quake swarm off Chile

‘Old’ news getting recycled about Bayou Corne for some reason. NSA pranking the web?

SUNDAY

1 P.M. fluid movement at lake FUBAR. It shows up at the LA10 bottom borehole.

St. James Parish – New Orleans Times-PicayuneEPA opposes state air permit for Nucor iron plant in Convent

Some bills emerge as Louisiana Oil and Gas Association favorites –cry Laws would stall agencies’ ability to file lawsuits

Upcoming Event:

Save Lake Peigneur, Inc. & LEAN’s lawsuit against the division of Coastal Management within the Department of Natural Resources will be held on:
Date: Wednesday, March 26
Time: 9 AM  10 A.M.
Place: Iberia Parish Courthouse
300 S Iberia Street, New Iberia
The lawsuit against the state resulted from Coastal Management (CM) granting the permit to dredge contingent on Injection & Mining Division granting the final permit making. We dispute that Coastal Management did not do due diligence by granting the permit.
Try and show up if you can even if just for a short time.

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