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Edwards vs. Landry in O & G lawsuits

Louisiana wetlands

It doesn’t seem to be as much a battle between environmentalists and big oil as it does about a battle between Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. The Louisiana Record reported Dec. 4 that the standoff between the two officials is partly due to the reversal of Judge Stephen Enright Jr.’s decision to allow Jefferson ...

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$7M in oil spill money taken from attorney general’s office

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Landry will have to return a $7 million oil spill recovery payment given to his agency, under a bill sent to the governor in the final minutes of the legislative session. Landry tried unsuccessfully to get the language struck from the bill, saying the cut pushed by the Senate could damage his ...

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Senate decides to rework flow of oil spill recovery money

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State senators voted Wednesday to rewrite plans for spending Gulf oil spill recovery money tied to Louisiana’s economic damages from the disaster, seeking to erase earmarks that would sock the money into state savings accounts. Under a law passed two years ago, most of the money will be steered to the state’s “rainy day” fund ...

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Louisiana’s current budget woes mirror 1988 financial gaps

BATON ROUGE, La. — A new Louisiana governor inherits a massive budget mess, a state struggling with years of red ink that his predecessor patched through rather than fixing. Now, government services are on the chopping block, threatened with hefty reductions. Sound familiar? That was the scene when Buddy Roemer took over as Louisiana’s governor in March 1988. And it’s ...

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Louisiana energy headlines for Jan. 25

Bonnet Carre Spillway to close Feb. 2 Gates on the Bonnet Carre  spillway could be completely closed by Feb. 2, reports the Advocate. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the spillway Jan. 10, only the 11th time it’s been in operation since completion in 1927 after a flood devastated the area. The spillway is used to divert water from ...

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Gov. Edwards budget plan at odds with lawsuit settlement

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to redirect Gulf oil spill recovery money to rebalance this year’s budget appears to conflict with a legal settlement the state struck two years ago, aimed at ending a lawsuit over Louisiana’s “rainy day” fund. Edwards wants to steer $200 million Louisiana is receiving this year from BP PLC, compensation for ...

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