Monday, July 14, 2014

In court hearing, city and sheriff dig in their heels on cost of mental health care at OPP ~Charles Maldonado, The Lens
Basinkeeper, St. Martin gov’t unite against oil field waste disposal expansion plan ~Walter Peirce, Acadiana Business
~F.A.S. Environmental Services applied in April for a rezoning of land near the community of Belle River where it wants to expand a waste transfer station; the station would handle hundreds of thousands of barrels of waste from conventional drilling as well as fracking. The St. Martin Parish Planning and Zoning Board, however, denied the rezoning request. What did F.A.S. do? An end run around the zoning board. The company now claims the rezoning request was unnecessary and instead submitted a permit request directly to the state Department of Natural Resources, widely considered to be an institutional “yes man” for the oil and gas industry in Louisiana.
Corps selects three restoration projects to mitigate east bank post-Katrina levee construction environmental damage ~Mark Schleifstein
French Quarter businesses considering paying for extra details, crime cameras ~Scott Satchfield, WVUE

Fair housing center files suit over discrimination against deaf homeseekers 

Acadian history owes thanks to historian Carl Brasseaux ~The Advertiser