Category Archives: Restoration

 The other day I told you that Big Oil — alarmed in Louisiana about the citizenry finally fighting back after decades of environmental abuse, and uncertain about their political prospects past 2015 — is launching an epic legislative assault in Baton Rouge. Their army of lobbyists is seeking no less than a rollback of anti-pollution standards in the state, back to a time before the first Earth Day. They want to [...]

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For years, the powerful oil and gas industry in Louisiana has dominated life in this state — its economy and especially its politics. But after a remarkable turn of events over the last year, Big Oil and Gas here in my home state has become more like a cornered, wounded beast of prey — and so now the industry is thrashing out wildly, clawing in every direction. And it’s kind [...]

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A few of you may not remember 1989 very well, but I do. America was experiencing the first few months of the George Bush presidency — not the son but the father, George H.W. Bush. The B-52s and “Love Shack” were at the top of the music charts. But the spring’s big news story was the crash of the giant oil tanker the Exxon Valdez, which ran aground under the [...]

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There’s been some stunning developments this week in the fight against Big Oil — one of them right here in Louisiana. It was just last year that an epic expose in Harper’s magazine pulled the lid off some of the undue, outsized influence that the oil industry holds here in our Sportsmen’s Paradise, and a key element was the clout that the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and its longtime [...]

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Sometimes you have to wonder whether the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. That’s definitely the case with BP and its horrific environmental track record here in the Gulf. On one hand, environmental officials continue to tally the damage from the massive BP oil spill that took place more than three and a half years ago, and today even officials who once downplayed the effects of Deepwater [...]

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The irony seems rich — but then it always does when the farcical tragedy of the BP oil spill is involved. For the last few days, lawyers for the British oil giant and for the U.S. Justice Department have been locking horns inside a New Orleans courtroom, arguing about the size of the massive 2010 oil spill. The federal attorneys, from everything that I’ve read, have been making a persuasive [...]

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Sometimes, the environmental issues surrounding the Gulf of Mexico feel a little like that old board game, Clue — the one with Col. Mustard in the kitchen with his lead pipe. Who is killing the Gulf this time? Is it BP, off Louisiana, with the crude oil? Or is the farmer, up the Mississippi River, with his fertilizer? The only thing we know is that life has gotten a lot harder [...]

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BP is hoping that Americans will take their eyes off the prize — which is exactly why the public needs to stay vigilant and fight off the latest, significant efforts by the British oil giant to shirk its culpability for trashing one of America’s most treasured resources, the Gulf of Mexico. In the immediate embarrassment and outrage over 2010′s Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP at least wore a public mask of conciliation [...]

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This is how you know BP has really crossed the line: When the company that gave us the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the 5-million-barrel oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has gone so far over the top with its efforts to challenge legitimate damage claims and to cheat on its promises to the Gulf that it’s even angered Louisiana’s rabidly pro-business governor, Bobby Jindal. Jindal has finally noticed something [...]

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Earlier this year, the Coast Guard and officials in three states that were heavily affected by the BP oil spill in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon — Mississippi, Alabama and Florida — suspended their active spill cleanup efforts. To the casual observer — especially to an outsider who doesn’t follow news of the Gulf Coast but who’s been bombarded by BP’s feel-good advertising blitz — that would seem [...]

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