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$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has approved $52 million in Deepwater Horizon project money for coastal restoration projects. News outlets report that the federal-state Restore Act council approved the funds Wednesday for six coastal-restoration projects and a study of the lower Mississippi River in Louisiana. The money comes from Clean Water Act fines paid by ...

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Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

WASHINGTON — The train that derailed earlier this month in Wisconsin and spilled 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River didn’t have a sufficient number of cars carrying flammable liquids to meet lower federal speed requirements The government set the new requirements this year in response to safety concerns about transporting crude oil by rail. According to railroad shipping ...

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Editorial: Boost rail safety before luck runs out

When it comes to rail safety, we shouldn’t have to count on luck. The derailment upriver more than a week ago could have been much, much worse. Frankly, it was bad enough. A derailed BNSF Railway freight train dumped as much as 20,000 gallons of ethanol in Mississippi River backwaters near Alma. There was no explosion. So far, no significant ...

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Corps of Engineers to study deepening Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — With the size of ships growing, the Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin looking at deepening the lower Mississippi River by as much as 5 feet — a move that would prove costly and carry ecological consequences. On Tuesday the Army Corps said it would hold three public meetings in Belle Chasse, New Orleans and ...

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Miss. River diversion proponents use ad to state their case

BATON ROUGE, La. — A full-page advertisement that ran Sunday in a number of publications in Louisiana highlights the need for large, land-building diversions to be built along the Mississippi River as part of the state’s coastal restoration plan. Andy Nyman, a wetland scientist at Louisiana State University, said scientists discussed the need to counter misinformation being spread about future ...

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Shintech plans Iberville Parish expansion, 100 new jobs

PLAQUEMINE, La. — Shintech will spend $1.4 billion to add an ethylene plant at its Iberville Parish facility. The company said in a news release that the plant will create 100 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $68,500, plus benefits. The new project will lift Shintech’s total capital investment to date in Louisiana to $4.7 billion. With approximately ...

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Mississippi River traffic limits lifted

NEW ORLEANS — Traffic limits on a three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge have been lifted by the U.S. Coast Guard. The one-way traffic restriction put in placed Monday after a ship broke free of its mooring and hit two other vessels was lifted Thursday. The Coast Guard had closed several miles of river ...

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Coast Guard: Ship hits 2 others on Mississippi; oil spills

CONVENT, La. — About 420 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River and a nine-mile stretch of the waterway was closed after a ship broke free of its mooring in southern Louisiana and hit two other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Privocean, a 751-foot bulk carrier, broke free near Convent around 4:00 p.m. Monday, drifted downriver and ...

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2 oil cars still burning at Illinois derailment site

GALENA, Ill. — Two rail cars remain on fire at the site where an oil train derailed this week in western Illinois. But authorities say they did not have to allow a leaking car to explode as was initially expected. Authorities had warned of the likelihood of more explosions at the site of Thursday’s derailment south of Galena. But in ...

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