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Man sentenced for dumping contaminated fuel in 2013

PORT ALLEN, La. — A Zachary man must pay a $5,000 fine after being sentenced for illegally dumping gasoline and diesel behind a gas station in Port Allen. The Advocate reports state Judge J. Robin Free also sentenced 58-year-old Leon Wallace, of Zachary, to two years’ probation and ordered him to pay the state Department of Environmental Quality $970 for the ...

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Oil services company laying off 60 in Houma

HOUMA, La. — Oil services company Baker Hughes is closing a wireline facility in Houma and laying off 60 people. The Advocate reports the layoffs were scheduled to take place this week. Brandy Brandon, a spokeswoman for Baker Hughes, says the layoff is expected to be permanent. She says the affected employees will be paid for a 60-day period and benefits ...

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Plan calls for expanding Gulf of Mexico reef sanctuary

NEW ORLEANS — A federal marine sanctuary protecting coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico could grow five times in size under a plan being proposed to safeguard an even larger area of the Gulf from scavengers looking for historic shipwrecks, ships dropping anchor, commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to enlarge ...

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Lafayette Chamber reaches fundraising goal for One Acadiana

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LAFAYETTE, La. — The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce has reached the $15 million fundraising goal to operate the Campaign for One Acadiana for the next five years. The Advocate reports the One Acadiana campaign is an effort to form a multi-parish economic development agency that will combine resources to recruit industry, attract talent and speak to Washington, D.C., and Baton ...

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Geologists look for earthquake and fracking correlation

FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015, AT 12:01 A.M. CST.-Brodie Tedder, church secretary and priest Michael Peltzer point out where cracked bricks have been replace on the back side of the St. Patricks Catholic church in Harper, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Travis Morisse)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state – earthquakes. He has learned a lot, said the director of the Kansas Geological Survey, whose focus in the past was primarily on water and geologic formations, including just how little ...

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Army Corps eyes new navigation lock in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — After years of delays and legal wrangling, the Army Corps of Engineers is once again looking at replacing a historic navigation lock inside New Orleans with a new lock to help speed up barge and maritime traffic moving through the city. Under a court order, the Army Corps is doing a new environmental study of a controversial ...

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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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