coastal desk

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

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.

After reading Southerly and WWNO/WRKF’s recent investigation, Louisiana native David LaCerte says the issue is “something that all of our leaders should be concerned with.”

Department of Energy

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 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.

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

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

Much like the year that contains it, the 2020 hurricane season refuses to let up.

Hurricane watches and warnings have ended for Louisiana as Marco weakened to a tropical storm overnight, according to an update from the National Weather Service.  But the storm system is still expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and a potentially dangerous storm surge in areas. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards has unveiled a plan to make the state carbon-neutral by 2050.