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10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014, file photo, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans. Federal prosecutors on Monday, Feb. 10, summed up their case for convicting Nagin of corruption during his two terms as mayor. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

Kevin McGill | Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning. Nagin ...

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Energy infrastructure can be dangerous in extreme weather, be prepared

The EIA mapping system zoomed out. User is able to zoom in on any part of the U.S. to analyze the energy infrastructure. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Extreme weather such as hurricanes, flooding, and severe thunder storms are notorious for causing millions of dollars in property damage every year. When that property is oil and gas infrastructure, safety hazards can go from bad to worse. Broken pipelines can cause grave issues for the surrounding environment and compromised electrical networks add danger ...

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Shale boom can shield US from hurricane problems


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Another benefit of the US shale boom: America is much less susceptible to fuel supply problems from hurricanes. An article from United Press International outlines how the prevalence of onshore drilling prevents potential energy disruption from tropical storms. Hurricane Katrina, for example, shut down half of all Gulf of Mexico production from offshore drilling in ...

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Coastal conservation group argues for a Texas comprehensive plan

A seagull flies over the Laguna Madre, Wed. April 30,2014. The Laguna Madre is a shallow body of water between the shoreline and South Padre Island . Photographed Wednesday, April 30,2014. America's Wetland Foundation has taken steps to implement a comprehensive coastal conservation/protection plan for the Texas gulf coast. (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Brad Doherty)

By STEVE CLARK from The Brownsville Herald In 2001, former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster called for creation of an organization whose goal was to increase awareness about severe land loss threatening the state’s coast and how it affected not only Louisiana but the nation as a whole. Foster’s initiative was based on a comprehensive study of the Bayou State’s disappearing coast. The ...

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Louisiana bills to scuttle ‘Big Oil’ suit progress


By Kevin McGill NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The state Senate’s recent passage of a bill that could scuttle a lawsuit over damage done to coastal wetlands by the oil and gas industry would also seem to scuttle any notion that the political winds in Baton Rouge that have historically favored the industry are shifting. Still, “Big Oil” may not be ...

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