Brief — Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has directed the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to intervene in 39 lawsuits filed by three parishes against numerous energy companies, alleging damage to coastal wetlands by pipeline and other energy infrastructure/activities (see Daily GPI,Nov. 13, 2015;July 25, 2013). Plaquemines, Jefferson and Cameron are the parishes that are suing. Last month the state’s attorney general announced his office’s intervention in the lawsuits (see Daily GPI,March 16). “This intervention would ensure that the interests of the state of Louisiana are fully protected and that any money recovered in these suits will be spent on coastal restoration,” Edwards said. “The administration’s participation means that all of the coastal stakeholders are now at the table, and I look forward to working with the attorney general and the parishes to bring this matter to a resolution.”

April 8, 2016

Louisiana AG Mounts Takeover of Coastal Damage Lawsuits

Louisiana’s attorney general (AG) is intervening in 39 lawsuits out of three parishes that allege hundreds of energy companies have damaged the state’s coastline over the years.

March 16, 2016
Oregon Again Stays Jordan Cove LNG Coastal Review; Won’t Slow FERC, Backers Say

Oregon Again Stays Jordan Cove LNG Coastal Review; Won’t Slow FERC, Backers Say

Although it is not specifically called out as a major regulatory checkpoint, for the third time in nearly two years, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has put on hold an application for coastal management certification for the proposed multi-billion-dollar Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project along the state’s south-central coast.

January 15, 2016

Judge Rules Against Louisiana’s Attempt to Block Coastal Damage Lawsuit Against Pipelines

A state judge in Louisiana has ruled that a law passed earlier this year by the state’s legislature that prohibits state agencies and local governments from filing lawsuits against the oil and gas industry for damage to coastal wetlands does not apply to its main target, the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E).

October 7, 2014

Louisiana Passes Bill to Stop Coastal Damage Lawsuit Against Pipelines

A bill to kill a mega-lawsuit against the oil and gas industry for damage to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands passed the state’s legislature on Friday and was on its way to Gov. Bobby Jindal for his signature.

May 30, 2014
Offshore Fracking Report Catches California Unawares

Offshore Fracking Report Catches California Unawares

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) was alerted Thursday to potential environmental impacts from the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) offshore along the Pacific Coast in both federal and state waters.

August 19, 2013

Revenue-Sharing Gains Traction in New Congress

The issue of sharing offshore revenues between coastal states and the federal government, which has failed to gain support in previous Congresses, is expected to have a better chance in the 113th Congress.

February 12, 2013

Kitimat Becoming Launching Pad for LNG Exports

Kitimat, a coastal community in northwestern British Columbia (BC), which has its roots as a company town planned and built in the 1950s by the Aluminum Co. of Canada, is quickly becoming the company town for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Royal Dutch Shell plc on Thursday confirmed that it has purchased an marine import terminal there and now is exploring — with its Asian partners — its potential as an LNG export facility.

October 24, 2011

Fracking Prohibition Would Turn LNG Tankers This Way, Speaker Says

Back in 2007 the United States was in store to get about 130 metric tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports. However, North American shale gas plays have changed all that. But if hydraulic fracturing (fracking) well stimulation is outlawed or severely curtailed, it could be back to the future where LNG imports are concerned.

May 23, 2011

California Nukes Get More Scrutiny; NRG Slows Texas Project

The post-Japan earthquake/tsunami political aftershocks continue in California with the state’s two major coastal nuclear generating plants receiving increased scrutiny from elected and regulatory officials even as utility operators and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) assure the public that the plants are safe.

March 22, 2011