Tegan Wendland

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

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.

A suspicious package in the French Quarter was determined not to be a bomb.

The beginning of December marks the end of the 2020 hurricane season, which was by all measures unprecedented. It broke all of the records: most named storms, most storms to make landfall in Louisiana, strongest storm to hit Louisiana in 150 years, most storms to form in a single month. The list goes on and on.

A few dozen oil and gas companies bought new leases to drill in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. Industry representatives say it’s a sign that business is good.

The state has spent more than $50 million to house evacuees after Hurricanes Delta and Laura, but thousands remain without long-term housing as officials phase out the hotel shelter program set up as a COVID-19 alternative to big congregate shelters.

Work must be paused on a contentious plastic manufacturing mega-plant in St. James Parish after a motion in district court.

A major Shell oil refinery in Convent is closing this month because the company failed to sell it.