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Study: Water-sucking industry a factor as New Orleans sinks

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Geologists have long known that New Orleans is slowly sinking — but now, scientists using radar technology say groundwater sucked up by industrial facilities such as a power plant, oil refineries and chemical complexes may be contributing to the problem and could even be undermining levees. This new study is the latest attempt to explain a ...

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Offshore drilling opponents take chants into federal meeting

Offshore drilling opponents take chants into federal meeting

KENNER, La. (AP) — About 50 opponents of continued oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico rallied on a suburban New Orleans sidewalk Monday, then brought their chants into a federal open house about potential impacts of continuing the lease program for five more years. “Today we are here to ask President Obama to keep it in the ...

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Entergy Mississippi cuts rates by $102M as natural gas dips

Entergy Mississippi cuts rates by $102M as natural gas dips

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Entergy Mississippi just can’t cut electrical rates fast enough to keep up with falling natural gas prices, and Mississippi Power Co. isn’t far behind. The unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. will cut rates by $102 million in coming months on its 442,000 Mississippi customers. For residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatts of electricity per month, ...

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Company: “Act of God” caused decade-old oil leak

Company: "Act of God" caused decade-old oil leak

BATON ROUGE, La. — The latest on a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 9:40 a.m. The president of a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico says it was caused by “an act of God event.” Taylor Energy Company President William Pecue also told a gathering of ...

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2 new natural gas facilities proposed for Louisiana

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NEW ORLEANS — Two companies are looking at building large facilities along the Mississippi River south of New Orleans where they can export natural gas to the world market, another sign of the expanding footprint of the natural gas industry in Louisiana. Until now, the area around Lake Charles has been the center of a boom in the market to ...

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Louisiana parish drops suits against oil and gas companies

NEW ORLEANS — A coastal Louisiana parish on Thursday voted to drop its lawsuits against oil and gas companies over damages officials had said the oil industry caused to wetlands by digging numerous canals. The Plaquemines Parish council voted to dismiss 21 suits it had pending against 68 oil companies, officials and a lawyer said. The vote took place at ...

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The Latest: Ex-BP engineer pleads guilty in oil spill case

NEW ORLEANS — The latest on the case of a former BP engineer who is accused of deleting text messages after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill (all times local): 10:20 a.m. A former BP engineer has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and hopes to avoid prison after he was accused of deleting text messages about how much oil ...

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Sentencing set in claim fraud case from Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a case arising from the BP Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to two years in prison. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval handed down the sentence Wednesday for Casey Thonn of Slidell. In 2014, Thonn pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. The case involved fraudulent claims ...

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Study shows more extensive coral damage related to BP spill

NEW ORLEANS — Gulf coral damage from the massive BP oil spill is more extensive than previously thought, according to a new study that revealed sick and dying corals in the rich, deep-water environment off the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi known as the Pinnacles. Using remotely operated submarines, researchers explored the Pinnacle Reef in September 2011 and found more ...

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Next governor will play crucial role in future of coast

NEW ORLEANS — The next governor will play a crucial role in Louisiana’s coastal crisis — either by aggressively working to save the coast or missing a prime opportunity to stop the state from slipping further into the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana is poised to receive about $8.7 billion in settlement money over damages caused by BP’s catastrophic 2010 Gulf ...

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