Louisiana News

Corps Sued over Cost of Louisiana Wetland Restoration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should bear the full $2.9 billion cost of restoring wetland damage blamed on poor maintenance of the now-closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, Louisiana coastal restoration officials say in a federal lawsuit. The suit was …

Louisiana Parish Still Working on Tornado Damage Estimate

The tornadoes that hit Louisiana’s Ouachita Parish on Oct. 13 did millions of dollars in damage, but officials don’t know whether it will be enough to qualify the parish for help from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Total damages are …

Road Damage from Oil Field Trucks Concerns Louisiana Parish

Complaints about trucks tearing up parish roads have prompted the St. Landry Parish Council in Louisiana to re-examine how road-use permits are issued and how the parish can force those causing the damage to pay for repairs. Council member Pam …

$13M in Tulane University Katrina Aid Questioned

The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says federal emergency officials should recover nearly $13 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery aid awarded to Tulane University in Louisiana. The report also says Louisiana officials should review more than …

Officials: Caddo Lake Not Threatened by Louisiana Oil Spill

Cleanup crews continue to mop up a 4,000-barrell oil spill into a four-mile stretch of Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport, La. Officials said that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line and …

Aquiline Capital Partners Investing in Louisiana’s Worley Claims Services

Aquiline Capital Partners LLC (Aquiline), a New York-based private equity firm, announced it is acquiring a majority stake in Worley Claims Services (Worley), headquartered in Hammond, La. Founded in 1976, Worley provides of claims adjustment and related services across the …

Without Liability Insurance, Louisiana Town May Pay Parish for Police Services

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana has proposed charging the town of Sorrento $353,832 for the first year with a possible increase of up to 5 percent the next year to provide policing services if voters decide Nov. 4 …

Thousands to Get Damages in Chinese Drywall Suit, Louisiana Judge Says

A federal judge in Louisiana has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed …

Louisiana Agriculture Officials Seek Drone Rule Changes

Louisiana agricultural officials have asked the federal government to loosen restrictions on the use of pilotless aerial vehicles. The Advocate reported the Federal Aviation Administration is modifying drone regulations and is expected to release proposed rules in November. LSU AgCenter …

Louisiana’s 37-acre Sinkhole Spawns Insurance Fight

The collapse of a portion of a salt dome that left a 37-acre sinkhole in swampy land west of Baton Rouge has bubbled up into a $50 million dispute between the mine operator and its insurance company. Texas Brine LLC …