This week on Behind The Lens, the New Orleans City Council’s utility committee chose not to act Thursday on a proposed $5 million fine for Entergy New Orleans. The resolution will instead be considered at the full City Council meeting next Thursday, February 21. Michael Isaac Stein has details on a long, often angry public hearing (not to mention some late-breaking developments Friday afternoon).
In St. James Parish, representatives of Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC say they’re confident they can keep acidic wastewater from their plant on company property in case of a breach of their gypsum-walled reservoir. But LDEQ has told Mosaic it wants a more detailed and complete contingency plan for a potential breach event. We interviewed company officials this week.
And a new report by the National Audubon Society highlights projects and programs that it says are critical to help the Gulf Coast and its wildlife recover from hurricanes, oil spills and other disasters. Here in Louisiana, this plan leans on four coastal restoration projects, including the controversial Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. Kara Lankford, Audubon’s director of Gulf Coast restoration, talked about the report in our newsmaker interview.