Tegan Wendland

Tegan Wendland is a freelance producer with a background in investigative news reporting. She currently produces the biweekly segment, Northshore Focus. 


A newly published study finds that residents in a predominantly Black area of Saint John the Baptist Parish face extremely high rates of cancer and other illnesses.

After Mardi Gras in 2019, garbage trucks collected 1,300 tons of trash, or about 2.6 million pounds, when the revelry was over. In the past, the city has even measured the success of Mardi Gras by the amount of trash it picked up.

As part of a sweeping slate of climate policies announced Wednesday, the Biden Administration has banned all new oil leases on federal lands and water. Advocates are celebrating the move to curtail carbon emissions, while industry advocates in Louisiana worry it could decimate an already-struggling industry.

More than 7,000 oil and gas workers have lost their jobs in Louisiana as the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation and the world.

 

With one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, hovering around 7 percent, laid-off oil workers are struggling to find their footing in new jobs. Oil prices are down because fewer people are flying or commuting, which has driven down production. There were similar downturns in the 1980s and in 2015, and the state has steadily become less reliant on oil and gas.

More than 600 hurricane evacuees are still living in hotels in Lafayette and New Orleans, officials at a briefing in Lake Charles on Tuesday reported.

When Hurricane Zeta hit Louisiana’s coast in October, it destroyed what was left of Grand Isle’s west end beach. After hold-ups with federal partners, the state has spent $7.5 million over the past few months to repair it.

 


Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is balking at President Joe Biden’s efforts to curtail fossil fuel extraction.

Within his first two days in office, his administration has stopped construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline and put a pause on new oil and gas lease sales. Industry groups in Louisiana said that could devastate the state economy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed the Interior Least Tern from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife, saying the population has largely recovered.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has set a goal for Louisiana to be carbon neutral by 2050, but so far, the state is behind its neighbors. Now, Edwards wants to develop offshore wind power in the Gulf.

A coalition of conservation groups on Friday announced the formation of the Atchafalaya Basin Coalition and sent a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards imploring him to consider the Louisiana Nature Conservancy as a landowner, rather than a conservation group, when choosing members of a newly-formed task force.

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