The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the federal governmentÂ followed all necessary protocol in issuing a permit to Shell Oil for a controversial Liquefied Natural Gas facility 38 miles off the coast of Cameron Parish. The permit was challenged by a grassroots coalition of commercial fishermen and environmentalists who contend that the Maritime Administration did not adequately consider environmental hazards.Â The open-loop terminal Shell Oil plans to build sucks in up to 150 million gallons of seawater a day to reheat its sub-zero temperature natural gas, endangering fragile fish eggs and larvae in the process.
Under pressure from both Gov. Blanco and Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama, Freeport McMoRan and Conoco PhillipsÂ recently pulledÂ theirÂ plans for open-loop terminals in the Gulf of Mexico and are now looking to buildÂ more eco-friendly closed loop terminals to reheat LNG. Charlie Smith, director of the Louisiana Charter Boat Association,Â told the Associated Press that the court decision "kind of makes ShellÂ the lonely fish killer in the Gulf."Â ' Nathan Stubbs
LIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO GRANT STREET
Grant Street Dancehall's lineup for its grand re-opening looks a lot like the lineup for the club's opening 26 years ago. The historic downtown music venue reopens July 4 weekend on Thursday, June 29 with the double bill of Red Beans and Rice Revue and Sonny Landreth with special guests C.J. Chenier (whose father Clifton played the club's original opening night), Steve Conn and Mel Melton.
On Friday, June 30, Jerry Lee Lewis takes the stage with his classic Ferriday-fueled brand of rock 'n' roll fire and brimstone. And then on Saturday night, the elusive and eccentric Bobby Lounge commandeers the piano keys. The weekend is rounded out with The Fabulous Boogie Kings and G.G. Shinn on Sunday night.
Grant Street's Dave Maraist says that the room behind that stage, which has been hidden from the public view since the club's inception, will also open that weekend as a separate bar. After the holiday weekend, the new bar will be open six days a week.
Other upcoming Grant Street shows include Jimmie Vaughan on July 15, Lil' Band O' Gold on July 21, Doyle Bramhall on July 22, Bob Schneider on July 28, and Eric Johnson on August 9. Tickets for the re-opening weekend shows are on sale now at www.grantstreetdancehall.com. ' R. Reese Fuller
ARNAUDVILLE POLITICS HEAT UP
Two recent political moves in the saga of Arnaudville's artists community could affect its future. Alderman Chad Hebert, who greatly supported the artists movement and publicly criticized Mayor Kathy Richard for her lack of support, has resigned from the town council, saying he couldn't take the stress and pressure. His resignation follows fellow artists supporter and Chamber CEO Betty Roy's resignation in April for the same reasons.
But as a victory for the artists, Arnaudville alderman and former town postmaster John Ray Taylor has announced he will run for mayor in the Sept. 30 election against Richard. Taylor has publicly supported the artists community and said in his announcement letter: "We in Arnaudville find ourselves in challenging times. Economic opportunities exist to enhance, strengthen and maintain our unique community." ' Erin Zaunbrecher
JEFFERSON OUT, MELANCON IN?
With a slew of legal problems facing embattled New Orleans Congressman William Jefferson, there's the possibility that Jefferson's corruption case could result in him leaving office ' by jumping or being pushed. If that happens, Rep. Charlie Melancon from Napoleonville is on the short list to replace Jefferson on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, according to a report in Washington, D.C.'s Roll Call newspaper. An anonymous aide from the committee told Roll Call that a movement is brewing to drop the hammer on Jefferson and force him to relinquish the post. ' Jeremy Alford
Despite sweeping changes enacted by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, the health insurance program for state workers and public school employees will have to use $88 million from its reserve fund to cover its costs this year.
The LPSB races are sure to get heated between now and Nov. 4, and with only 9 available seats, this year's field of 20 candidates will surely be wanting to set themselves apart from the crowd early; they'll get their chance next week, starting Tuesday with the kick-off of a three-day series of candidate forums.
Lawmakers say they've received complaints that waits have spiked, with people being forced to wait in line for more than an hour — and sometimes three hours — to handle routine tasks.
The campaign announced that Rep. Stuart Bishop of District 43 and Nancy Landry, District 31, have thrown their support behind the Naval Academy graduate and entrepreneur in his bid to unseat current Hunter Beasley in District 8.
A Lafayette man with an alleged taste for child porn was busted Thursday evening during a cyber crime sting launched by the Attorney General’s Office.
U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister says his chief of staff is on temporary leave after being booked with drunken driving.
It was a rare moment in Congress this week as Republicans briefly put aside partisanship in support of President Barack Obama's request to train and arm Syrian rebels, and while a number of Democrats opposed the measure, Louisiana's Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu found herself on the same side of the issue as her Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy.
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Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
City-Parish President Joey Durel is asking the council to sign off on a resolution approving a pair of deals that would lead to razing the seedy Lesspay Motel at Four Corners to build a new police substation as well as transforming nearly a block Downtown where the old federal courthouse building now molders into a mixed-use development.
In 2013, the IRS — already the least popular governmental agency in the country — became the target of intense investigations after it was revealed that they had specifically and improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status from organizations associated with the nascent Tea Party movement.
Improving the running game was "a point of emphasis" during the offseason and the results have manifested themselves in the form of substantially greater production.
Louisiana's health department said Wednesday that its evaluation of the state's Medicaid privatization was on target, despite criticism from the legislative auditor that it lacked key data and contained inconsistencies.
The feds converge on your office, seizing records on several employees as part of a pay-for-plea investigation. WWYD? If you’re Mike Harson, you give yourself a $12k raise.
It’s football season and after back-to-back winless weekends for the Saints and the Cajuns many citizens are finding it difficult to be civil much less happy. Well, chew on this.
Considering his repeated stays in the local penal system, David Narcisse Jr. should have known that having a semiautomatic shotgun, even one given to him by a friend, wasn’t the brightest of ideas.
A state district judge on Tuesday threw out a last-minute retirement hike lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent, ending a political firestorm over a pension boost passed without public scrutiny on the last day of the legislative session.
The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.
An obvious follow-up question for any Republican politician who accuses Democrats of being science deniers is one about science, to which Jindal bobbed and weaved like a welterweight champ.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected to decide tonight (Tuesday) whether to go along with a proposal City-Parish President Joey Durel made in February’s State of the Parish Address and consolidate taxes for mosquito control and the parish health units into a broader tax program that would also cover animal control.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik has dismissed Greg Davis’ lawsuit against the LPSB, yet in his ruling, the federal judge doesn’t bite his tongue in pointing out the "threat" being posed by certain board members.
Of all the political offices being contested throughout Lafayette Parish, the race for Broussard’s top police post has literally become one of the most heated.
A state district judge is deciding whether to issue an injunction against the enforcement of a last-minute retirement hike that lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent.
A new website is up for Louisiana's state government employees and retirees to choose their health insurance plans for next year, a choice they must make by October.
That fact that New Orleans led both games in the final 10 seconds of regulation, and lost each by a field goal or less, is of little solace.