The U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette is preparing topical maps of coastal Louisiana wetlands, a project expected to provide a clear picture of the state’s recent coastal land loss. The mapping is being done in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetland Inventory. In an article in today’s Daily Comet, USGS geographer Christoper Wells says the topical maps provide much greater detail than satellite imagery can. The last time this type of wetlands cartography was done was 1988.
Those years make a big difference in a place like Terrebonne, where the environment is changing every day, said parish Coastal Restoration Director Leslie Suazo. ‘The more current information we have, the better,' Suazo said. 'When you set aside even the average annual wetland loss rate, and just think about the extreme events of hurricanes Rita and Ike, we’ve made significant losses since 1988.'
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.