Bayou Corne Sinkhole en Rules for Environmental Damage Suits Advance <p>They’re called “legacy lawsuits”—when property owners sue oil and gas companies for environmental damage done in decades past. Thursday, Louisiana’s House spent hours hearing—and ultimately approving—two bills dealing with legacy lawsuits.</p><p>“When we get to court, we know there’s an issue,” explained Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo, while introducing his bill, which would let parties on either side ask the Department of Natural Resources to come up with a remediation plan for the polluted or otherwise damaged property.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 26652 at Rules for Environmental Damage Suits Advance Lawmakers Head Home with Budget and More <p>Lawmakers are going home having passed a bipartisan $24 billion state spending plan.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But they'</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">re bringing home&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">more than just the budget</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to their constituents. WRKF asked lawmakers about the most important thing they passed for their constituents.</span></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 02:34:25 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11576 at Jindal Ducks Questions on Sinkhole Visit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Gov. Bobby Jindal evaded directly answering questions about whether he'll visit the site of a massive sinkhole that has swallowed nine acres of land in swampy Assumption Parish at an unrelated press conference Wednesday afternoon.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some residents of Bayou </span>Corne<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have been under a mandatory evacuation since August. They’ve publicly criticized the governor for having never traveled to see the sinkhole or speak with the families, according to the Associated Press.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:59:58 +0000 Kelly Connelly 7172 at Jindal Ducks Questions on Sinkhole Visit