WATCH: Gen. Honore takes his ‘Green Army’ to TV


Recently I’ve told you about one of the more exciting pieces of environmental news we’ve had in Louisiana in some time: The new political crusade led by Gen. Russel Honore, the straight-talking Creole who won deserved high marks for the Katrina recovery in 2005. The now-retired general is working with long-time Louisiana environmentalists and with author John Barry, the former levee...

Shocking video shows how Habana Outpost would trash French Quarter


The struggle over not just noise pollution but historic preservation and the basic quality of life in New Orleans — and more specifically the Vieux Carre, or French Quarter — is coming to a head. Officials here seem eager to approve a new project that would be the final nail in the coffin of livability in one of America’s great neighborhoods. A chain fast-food restaurant...

Natural gas rig suffers major blowout, then explodes, in the Gulf (with photos)


The Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in 2010 did little to slow the growth of oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, even as more bad news continues to come out about how that spill and the botched use of dispersant hammered the coastal environment. Nor were safety measures greatly enhanced — so it’s not surprising to see new, alarming reports of spills and mishaps. Today, a...

News Round-Up: June 7, 2011


A selection of today’s headlines and must-read articles on issues ranging from fracking and the BP oil spill to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster:
NY Assembly Extends Fracking Ban for Another Year
Obama, BP Slammed Over Response to Gulf Oil Spill: Issa Report
Heartbreaking Evacuations as Fukushima's Nuclear Fallout Spreads
There’s No Easy Escape From Cellphone Risks

Coverup at the Crippled Fukushima Plant: “The Situation is Out of Control,” Says Nuclear Expert


Nightmare has become reality in Japan. It is feared multiple reactor meltdowns have taken place at the Fukushima plant, and nuclear explosions have released untold amounts of radiation into the environment. Meanwhile, the fission process inside the reactors continues unabated, leading one British scientist and nuclear expert, Dr. Christopher Busby, to suggest the "drastic" measure of lowering a...

Flyover Video: Heavy-Handed Cleanup Operations Are Making Pieces of Louisiana’s Barrier Islands Disappear


You can see giant cranes clawing and tearing away at the fragile shoreline, and huge floating "trash depots" that haul away tons of oil-soaked soil and marsh grasses and other debris from the spill. It's an ugly scene that BP and the federal government would rather keep out of view – so you'll definitely want to take a look. Bay Jimmy flyover to investigate destructive marsh "clean up" from...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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