Uncertainty Permeates Hearing on Gulf Oil and Gas Leases

Environmental impact statement set to delay all auctions until 2012 NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Interior Department’s “public scoping” meeting, on the environmental impact of oil and gas leases, provided little hope for potential lessees. Tuesday’s opportunity for public submissions also failed to attract a crowd – approximately twenty individuals attended – but those that…

New Orleans Hosts Environmental Case of Historic Proportions

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in international dispute worth $27 billion NEW ORLEANS, La.—Chevron Corporation, by way of its Texaco subsidiary, is embroiled in a more than decade’s long legal battle over alleged environmental damage in the Amazon rainforests of Ecuador. On Monday, as an outcome approaches in the Ecuadorian province of…

Promises and Policies Post-Katrina

Lessons learned: a conversation with Mercatus Center scholar Daniel Rothschild The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is winding down its intensive, five-year Gulf Coast Recovery Project, an investigation into the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Daniel Rothschild, director of the project, recently shared his insights with the Pelican Institute.* (Click below to listen to the…

Gulf Coast Claims Facility Set to Replace BP

Feinberg and Landrieu hold town halls to explain new victims claims process On August 18th, approximately 500 individuals crowded the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana, to hear from Kenneth Feinberg and Mary Landrieu (D-La). The two speakers explained the new Gulf Coast Claims Facility, highlighted its independence, and assured the audience of their concern for…