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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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Coast Guard investigates tanker crash on Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is investigating an accident on the Mississippi River involving an empty oil tanker. The Coast Guard said in a news release that the Nordbay, a 62,000-ton tanker, struck the Jefferson Parish water intake just up river from New Orleans on Tuesday night. The vessel was being directed down the river and while it was ...

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No injuries as fire closes New Orleans’ historic Canal St.

NEW ORLEANS — A stubborn six-alarm fire blanketed part of downtown New Orleans in eye-stinging smoke early Wednesday and forced the closure of historic Canal Street between the city’s central business district and the French Quarter. The blaze broke out in a largely empty four-story building and spread to an adjacent building. Flames were no longer visible and smoke had ...

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Feb. 29 appeal date in coastal suit against oil companies

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has set a Feb. 29 hearing date in a lawsuit that pits a south Louisiana flood protection board against dozens of oil companies. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East hopes to revive the lawsuit it filed in 2013. The lawsuit sought damages over the loss of coastal wetlands that form a natural hurricane ...

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Spillway of swollen Mississippi River open near New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a major spillway Sunday near New Orleans for the first time in nearly five years, seeking to decrease the vast flow of the swollen Mississippi River as a safeguard to the low-lying city. Heavy Mississippi Valley rain has propelled the river to its highest levels since record flooding in 2011, ...

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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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BP drops effort to retrieve Gulf oil spill business payouts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Energy giant BP is ending its effort to recoup money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Friday, the company filed a motion to withdraw an appeal over what it said were overpayments worth hundreds of millions of dollars and ...

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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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Louisiana editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ____ Oct. 28 NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune on pay for New Orleans firefighters: The long-running back pay dispute between the city of New Orleans and its firefighters seemed hopelessly deadlocked in early September. Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese found Mayor Mitch Landrieu in contempt of court Sept. 4 and threatened him with house arrest if he ...

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