The Monroe News-Star reports that U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to lift its November suspension of oil giant BP’s ability to secure new federal contracts, including oil leases in the Gulf. The Louisiana Democrat says the EPA doesn’t have the authority to regulate the oil and gas industry, according to the newspaper. She says such arbitrary action against BP could “have a chilling effect” on other companies’ desire to drill in the Gulf.
The EPA stepped in as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 wokers and created the worst oil spill in the nation's history.
“I’m furious and strongly opposed to the EPA’s authority for suspension and disbarment,” Landrieu said Tuesday. “I’m angry that this agency would put a business in a situation of what amounts to double jeopardy.”
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.