Most state oil and gas agencies are charged with promoting drilling in the state, in addition to regulating it. Inspectors and the people who oversee them often come from the oil and gas industry. It’s not considered a conflict of interest. It’s often a job requirement.

“When you deal with the oil and gas agencies, their primary concern is to get the drilling going,” said Wilma Subra, a Louisiana-based environmental scientist who monitors state regulation of oil and gas. “Environmental contamination is not a big deal.”

In a legal memorandum filed last week, the city maintains that Wisner’s modern-day descendants aren’t the rightful heirs at all. The city maintains that their claim ended with the deaths of Wisner’s two daughters in the 1970s.

Blogger Jason Berry calls the move “despicable” and notes that Sheriff Marlin Gusman, back when he served as a City Council member, predicted that the city would “take over the whole [trust]” in 2014.

[Christopher] Meehan had just started renovations after buying a 150-year-old piece of New Orleans history around the corner from his home when he watched his investment go up in flames.

As soon as he saw the destruction, Meehan knew he had been the target. As a series of police reports reveal, Meehan and several neighbors had been in an ongoing battle with drug dealers encroaching on their previously peaceful slice of Treme.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...