Category Archives: Louisiana

Nonexistent Frog Endangers Private Property Rights

St. Tammany Parish, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, is one of the highest-growth parishes (counties) in Louisiana. The Poitevent family is the largest landowner in the parish. As it turns out, 1,500 acres of the family holdings are considered … Continue reading

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Democrats, Corruption … and Pie

Under normal circumstances, we might not notice when a small-state Democratic elected official resigns from office in disgrace. But in Martha Shoffner’s case, we’ll make an exception. Not out of schadenfreude, mind you, but an inquisitive exploration of the mind … Continue reading

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Energy Week in Review

And what a momentous week it was: State Department issues its environmental report on the Keystone XL Pipeline. White House energy advisor warns of Sequester-related permitting delays. Trial of BP, Transocean and Halliburton begins in New Orleans. Shell suspends Arctic … Continue reading

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Fact Checking Matt Damon’s ‘Promised Land’

I wasted $7.75 on Hollywood’s latest anti-fracking agitprop “Promised Land” (1) so you won’t have to. You can read movie reviews elsewhere. From what I’ve seen, they’ve been rather lukewarm. And in its first weekend of nationwide distribution, audience response … Continue reading

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“Downtown Abbeville”: A Script Treatment for Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Earl Gauthier is the owner of Earl’s Seafood Shack near the square in Downtown Abbeville. Earl’s empire depends on the family oyster beds in Vermilion Bay, handed down to him over five generations. Preserving the seafood shack and the oyster … Continue reading

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LNG and Natural Gas Exports: A Primer

Natural gas exports were unthinkable five years ago, but the shale gas revolution means more supply and lower prices. Cheniere Energy and others plan to export LNG, but political opposition looms. Continue reading

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Chemical Safety Board Subpoenas Black Elk re: the West Delta 32 Explosion and Fire

We mourn the loss of life and pray for the missing worker. We wish the injured a speedy recovery. I am dismayed by a new development: U.S. board issues subpoena on offshore platform blast (Reuters) – A U.S. industrial accident … Continue reading

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BP Reported Close to Settlement With U.S. Over Gulf Spill – #rsrh

BP Reported Close to Settlement With U.S. Over Gulf Spill November 15, 2012 “LONDON — BP, the British oil company, is expected to agree to criminal liability on Thursday in the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two … Continue reading

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LA-3 Runoff: It’s a Jungle Out There

In a Jungle Primary oddity, Tuesday’s election pitted two incumbent Republicans vying for a single seat in Louisiana’s new District 3 (Southwest LA). The results: Rep. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) – 45% Rep. Jeff Landry (R-New Iberia) – 30% Attorney Ron … Continue reading

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Debate Watch Party, Louisiana Style #rsrh

Judging from the picture below, it looks like they’re expecting quite a crowd. I’ll be arriving early so I can park in the driveway.

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