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
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, April 17, 2014:
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.