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Plant in St. James Parish seeks permit to emit mercury

BATON ROUGE, La. — Noranda Alumina officials say they believe their nearly 55-year-old refinery in St. James Parish has been releasing mercury into the air without a permit, possibly since operations began in 1959. The Advocated reports the owners of the once-bankrupt Kaiser Aluminum complex on the Mississippi River are asking state regulators for permission to release up to 250 pounds ...

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Entergy misses 4Q profit forecasts

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corp. (ETR) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $125 million. The New Orleans-based company said it had net income of 66 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 75 cents per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of ...

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Louisiana refineries shouldn’t see strikes

Good news: Louisiana refineries are safe from the strike taking place at nine facilities across the nation. About 3,800 workers who are part of the United Steelworkers union went on strike Sunday to demand higher wages. Royal Dutch Shell and union leaders were previously negotiating a new contract when talks broke down, but both parties agreed to a meeting today ...

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Callon oil reducing workforce through retirements

NATCHEZ, Miss. — About 20 employees of Callon Petroleum are accepting early retirement options offered by the company. CEO Fred Callon said 12 to 13 Natchez employees were offered the option, while four to five were offered from the company’s Houston, Texas, office. Those employees will retire at various times throughout the next several weeks, Callon said. He said all ...

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Oil shale development continues declining

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NATCHEZ – Development in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is continuing to slow as oil prices continue declining. Goodrich Petroleum announced last week its plans to spend between $90 and $110 million this year in the shale play, which is located in Amite, Wilkinson and southern Adams County and in Louisiana. That plan is a reduction from earlier projections of $150 ...

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Louisiana roadway deaths drop 29 percent between 2007 and 2013

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says traffic fatalities dropped by 29 percent between 2007 and 2013. Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, the commission’s executive director, says the state had 993 traffic fatalities in 2007, compared with 703 in 2013, a drop of almost 30 percent. LeBlanc says the decrease stems from tougher impaired driving and seat belt ...

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BP appeal seeks ouster of claims administrator


NEW ORLEANS — BP is trying again to force the ouster of the administrator of claims arising from a settlement reached with businesses claiming economic harm from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP argues that Patrick Juneau has mismanaged the settlement program and that he had a conflict of interest that he didn’t disclose when he was appointed ...

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