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Oil spill money targeted for La. colleges, under proposal

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Higher education leaders are eyeing Gulf oil spill recovery money as a possible long-term financing source for Louisiana’s college campuses. The Board of Regents on Wednesday supported a proposal to be sponsored by Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, that could steer to public colleges some of the money Louisiana is expected to receive from BP to ...

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State coastal group approves $884 million spending plan

BATON ROUGE, La. — A plan for how $884 million will be spent on coastal protection and restoration in Louisiana in fiscal year 2016 has been approved by the state’s main coastal board. Although the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority was asked initially to join with other agencies in finding reductions in spending to the tune of $2.2 million to ...

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Jindal budget seeks to move $72M from roads to state police

BATON ROUGE, La. — Despite criticism, Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to divert even larger sums of state gasoline tax revenue away from road work next year to instead pay for state police operations. Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee learned Tuesday that Jindal’s budget recommendation for the fiscal year that begins July 1 would shift $72 million in gas tax ...

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Port Arthur LNG starts FERC pre-filing process

Another company is seeking approval for a natural gas liquefaction and export facility, this time in Port Arthur, Texas. Sempra Energy announced in a press release Monday that its subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has submitted the appropriate pre-filing process request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Should FERC initiate the pre-filing review, Port Arthur LNG will have a years-long ...

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Rail carrier approved for Lake Charles port

LAKE CHARLES, La. — Port of Lake Charles board members have approved an agreement to allow Port Rail Inc. to be its rail carrier instead of Union Pacific, a move one official said will have less of an impact on residents during peak traffic hours. Bill Rase, the port’s executive director, said the decision gives the port more control over ...

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Transocean is taking a hit amid oil glut

Firm reports in recent months have asserted that the offshore industry would be less susceptible to the effects of the global oil glut. Transocean would likely refute that. That company has announced that it will be dismantling four of its rigs and stacking just as many. The four rigs which are set to be dismantled will be sold for scrap, ...

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Disposal bid deadline for M6 propellant at Camp Minden

NEW ORLEANS — About a half-hour before the deadline to submit bids on destroying 7,500 tons of M6 artillery propellant at Camp Minden, the Environmental Protection Agency made it official: Louisiana may consider methods other than open burning. “The amendment clears the way for the Louisiana Military Department to review quotes for alternative methods and select a company to dispose ...

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Could another LNG facility be headed for Louisiana’s coast?

Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is proving a boon to the energy industry in his home state. This week, Vitter advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to pay particular attention to the proposal for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in St. Charles, Louisiana, by Magnolia LNG LLC. Magnolia’s facility is just one in a wave of LNG export ...

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Offshore worker sentenced for tampering with records

NEW ORLEANS — An offshore oilfield worker has been sentenced to 3 years’ probation and a $3,000 fine in U.S. District Court in New Orleans for tampering with blowout preventer testing records. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET’) said in a news release 36-year-old Sean Granger, of Rayne, was a coil tubing supervisor working on a drilling rig located at Ship ...

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