Tegan Wendland

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


BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana has a water problem. But it has nothing to do with its losing battle against rising seas, rivers that routinely spill their banks or increasingly violent storms that pummel its coast.

After years of fighting lawsuits against oil and gas companies, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has agreed to settle one of them.

A long-promised study on cancer in St. John the Baptist Parish was released by Louisiana State University this week, but it does little to alleviate the fears of residents there.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to release new rates this fall, and it’s likely to result in an increase in premiums for Louisiana homeowners. One study finds rates would need to quadruple for the program to stay afloat.

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.

 


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