Categories & Tags: Gulf Coast

In wake of Glover verdicts, what's next for New Orleans' troubled police force?   |   December 14, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica One of the most striking moments in the federal civil rights prosecutions arising from the death of Henry Glover came when Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, a...

 

Report exposes major problems in maintenance, storm preparedness of Louisiana refineries   |   December 13, 2010
By Benjamin Leger, Bridge the Gulf After Hurricane Gustav in 2008, north Baton Rouge residents were left without electricity for nearly two weeks. Across the street at Exxon...

 

Is Gulf seafood really safe to eat?   |   December 13, 2010
Independent testing has turned up oil contamination in Gulf seafood, raising concerns that federal officials prematurely pronounced it OK to eat. The Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper...

 

Jury convicts three, acquits two in post-Katrina police shooting   |   December 10, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A federal jury last night convicted three current or former New Orleans police officers in connection with the death of Henry Glover, a 31-year old...

 

Affordable housing projects in New Orleans rise or fall on federal tax bill   |   December 8, 2010
By Ariella Cohen, The Lens Even as President Barack Obama agrees to keep Bush-era tax cuts, a consensus is still lacking on an extension of tax credits needed to rebuild New...

 

VOICES: Oil spill response bill may not survive incoming 112th Congress   |   December 7, 2010
By Stephen Bradberry, Bridge the Gulf As the 111th Congress of the United States of America draws to a close there is a unique opportunity for assisting the ongoing struggle for...

 

Oil spill commission's missing document adds insight to Gulf investigation   |   December 2, 2010
By Ryan Knutson, ProPublica A new document uncovered last week might help to clear up some confusion over comments made by the President's Oil Spill Commission earlier this...

 

Hurricane recovery loans go to Baton Rouge refinery work   |   November 22, 2010
By Ariella Cohen, The Lens The Louisiana Bond Commission voted last week to issue ExxonMobil Corporation $12 million more in tax-free, low-interest bonds to finance an upgrade of...

 

Oil industry pushes panic button over Gulf of Mexico environmental review   |   November 17, 2010
The oil industry is pushing back against the Obama administration's recently-announced plans to conduct an environmental study of new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of...

 

Some Gulf spill claimants waiting for months   |   November 16, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica Since Gulf spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg took over from BP in late August, many claimants have reported that their applications have remained...

 

Housing aid won for Mississippi's low-income Katrina victims   |   November 16, 2010
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed over Mississippi's decision to divert federal funds meant for rebuilding low-income housing after Hurricane Katrina in order to...

 

Reeling from BP, Alabama residents still seek assistance to rebuild after Katrina   |   November 12, 2010
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. -- Like so many on the Gulf Coast, Ana Chau is dealing with two disasters. This time last year, she and her husband made their...

 

Spill panel: Driven by 'compulsion' to finish well, BP's procedures increased risk   |   November 10, 2010
By Marian Wang, ProPublica As we noted earlier this week, members of the presidential commission investigating BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill made clear that they don't...

 

Obama administration promises swift investigation into Gulf oil disaster   |   November 9, 2010
At the first gathering of the federal Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force that took place yesterday in Pensacola, Fla., the U.S. Justice Department pledged to launch swift...

 

Federal inspectors clueless about cementing, oil spill panel finds   |   October 29, 2010
By Marian Wang, ProPublica Yesterday the government's oil spill panel released a letter alleging that Halliburton knew of potential flaws in its cement prior to the Deepwater...

 

No discipline for New Orleans cop despite complaints   |   October 25, 2010
By Brendan McCarthy, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The disciplinary file on the New Orleans Police Department's Dwayne Scheuermann is inches thick --...

 

BP sued for harm to Gulf's endangered wildlife   |   October 21, 2010
Three conservation groups have brought suit against oil giant BP under the federal Endangered Species Act for the ongoing harm or killing of endangered and threatened wildlife...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: In New Orleans, still waiting for super schools   |   October 21, 2010
"An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim's latest documentary, "Waiting for 'Superman,'" opened this month in theaters nationwide. An examination of the state of U.S....

 

Six months after BP oil disaster, Gulf Coast demands action from Washington   |   October 20, 2010
Today marks six months since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers, injuring 17 others and causing the largest offshore oil spill in...

 

Gulf spill fund offers little information to claimants   |   October 14, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica Many claimants seeking compensation for damages from the Gulf oil spill say they are struggling to get basic information about what is happening with...

 

Politics and the lifting of the offshore drilling moratorium   |   October 13, 2010
The Obama administration lifted the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling on Tuesday, a month and a half before its originally scheduled Nov. 30 expiration date. In...

 

Oil spill commission hits feds on flow rate, dispersant, how much oil is left   |   October 8, 2010
By Marian Wang, ProPublica After the release of four reports by the presidential commission investigating BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, much of the attention has been paid to...

 

Gulf spill paymaster says he has eliminated claims backlog, while claimants disagree   |   September 29, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica Five weeks after taking over the oil spill damage claims from BP, and after widespread criticism of delays in processing applications, claims czar...

 

Sen. Landrieu uses disproved claims about Gulf oil jobs to block Obama's OMB nominee   |   September 24, 2010
When Big Oil talks, Louisiana politicians listen. Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post reports that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is blocking President Obama's pick to head the Office of...

 

NOPD officer gets three years for cover-up of Danziger Bridge shootings   |   September 23, 2010
By Sabrina Shankman, ProPublica Former New Orleans Police Officer Jeffrey Lehrmann was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison for his part in the cover-up of the...