Oil rig explodes in the middle of Lake Pontchartrain, injuring several near New Orleans

October 16, 2017 by  
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An oil rig on Lake Pontchartrain exploded on Sunday night in Kenner, Louisiana , home of the Louis Armstrong International Airport and only a few miles from New Orleans . Authorities began receiving calls about the explosion around 7:18 PM on Sunday; although no official explanation has been offered, authorities on the scene believe the explosion was caused by flammable cleaning chemicals on the oil rig’s surface. At least seven people were injured in the blast and, according to initial reporting, one person is missing. Many of the injuries were serious and authorities expected more to be reported in the near future. Lake Pontchartrain is a brackish body of water that is about 12-14 feet deep, though some shipping channels are dredged deeper, and covers 630 square miles to the north of New Orleans. The exploding rig in the Lake is owned by Clovelly Oil Co., which uses the structure for transferring oil . It is possible that oil is still leaking into Lake Pontchartrain, though this will not affect local drinking water, which is sourced from the Mississippi River. Local residents report having their homes rattled when the explosion occurred. “My house actually shook,” said Andrew Love, who lives in the area. “At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something, I had no idea what was happening.” No damage to homes has yet been reported. Related: New NASA study reveals just how fast New Orleans is sinking George Branigan was sitting at home with his wife and stepdaughter when the explosion happened. “We heard something blow up and it sounded like it was in my backyard ,” Branigan said. After going outside to investigate, Branigan heard what sounded to him to be small pebbles, likely debris from the explosion, falling on his home. Branigan was still watching the flames from his porch several hours after the explosion. Via the New Orleans Advocate and San Francisco Gate Images via  City of Kenner Government

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New Orleans doesn’t need a hurricane to be inundated with water

August 11, 2017 by  
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Almost $15 billion went towards flood protection in New Orleans in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. But the city once again battled flooding this week – with no hurricane in sight. Several feet of water covered much of the city’s central area as the pump system was overwhelmed. The crisis prompted Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency. A heavy storm battered New Orleans this past weekend: in four hours, around nine inches of rain fell, leaving parts of the city flooded. And the city’s drainage system failed to manage the deluge. According to CNN, 16 of the city’s 121 pumps failed, and the overworked system struggled to keep up. The situation worsened as the week went on as a Wednesday fire hit a turbine that powers pumping stations. The governor’s state of emergency declaration pointed to the malfunction of the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board’s power plant, which houses generators that power the pumps. Related: New Orleans’ $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane With more rain in the forecast in upcoming days, schools were closed Friday. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the resignation of four officials, including the municipal water utility’s director and top engineer, and the public works department’s director. It took 14 hours to drain several feet of water in areas of the city. City records reveal 200 “life-threatening” emergency calls. City residents watched the flood with worry. Local Ronald Williams – who told The Washington Post he finally returned home after Hurricane Katrina just seven months ago – said, “I came home because I believed what they said about the new system and that it was supposed to be the best in the world. But now it seems if we get hit by another Katrina, the city will be gone.” Via The Washington Post and CNN Images via David Fischer on Facebook and screenshot

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Affordable starter homes are popping up on oddly shaped lots in New Orleans

January 26, 2016 by  
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Good Eggs is shutting down operations in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans

August 5, 2015 by  
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Good Eggs – the promising start-up that enables you to order local, sustainable farm-fresh food directly to your door – announced today that they are closing down operations in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans. They will continue to offer their service in their home base of San Francisco, albeit with a reduced staff. In an email to customers, and in a post on the company’s blog , Good Eggs CEO Rob Spiro explained that final orders for the three cities will be processed this evening, August 5th, and the last day of business will be August 7th. Read the rest of Good Eggs is shutting down operations in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans

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Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

August 13, 2014 by  
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The world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild , is coming up, and this year, it will be in New Orleans from October 22-24, 2014! This year the Big Easy is hosting this prestigious international conference and expo which showcases the green building revolution, and thousands will visit from around the globe to discover the latest green design innovations , listen to renowned speakers, rub elbows with leading green building professionals, and tour the inspiring new sustainable infrastructure in New Orleans. If you’re considering attending, register before August 14th for early bird pricing! Read the rest of Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 , Deepak Chopra , Green Building , green design , GreenBuild , Greenbuild conference , greenbuilding , LEED credits , New Orleans , sustainable building conference

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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

August 13, 2014 by  
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JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

August 13, 2014 by  
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No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

January 14, 2014 by  
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Hurricane season is a costly affair anywhere, but Risk Management Solutions predicts that in the future these devastating tropical depressions will make landfall in new and unexpected places . RMS recently ran the numbers for the expected monetary damage storms will produce in the next 100 years across 12 coastal cities in the United States. Curiously, instead of the usual suspects topping the charts like Florida and the Gulf Coast, new locations like Texas and Maryland are expected to be hardest hit. Read the rest of No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: extreme weather , future hurricane damage , Hurricane , Hurricane Katrina , Hurricane Sandy , Maryland , New Orleans , New York. , Risk Management Services , RMS , storm surge , texas , weather , where future hurricanes will hit        

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Could Louisiana’s Brain-Eating Amoebas be Linked to Hurricane Katrina?

September 24, 2013 by  
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Image via Wikimedia Commons After tap water containing the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri claimed the life of a four-year-old boy in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, state epidemiologist Raoult Ratard posits that the amoeba may have populated the water supply as a result of post-Katrina conditions in the area. Ratard admits that his theory is “just an idea,” but one that does raise potentially valuable questions about the state of local infrastructure since the region experienced devastating flooding some eight years ago. Read the rest of Could Louisiana’s Brain-Eating Amoebas be Linked to Hurricane Katrina? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brain Eating Amoeba , disease , flooding , Hurricane Katrina , louisiana , Naegleria fowleri , natural disaster , New Orleans , Raoult Ratard , st bernard , water issues , water pollution        

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8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

August 29, 2013 by  
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Thursday July 29, 2013 marks the eighth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina’s ripped into Louisiana, devastating the Gulf Coast and killing over 1,800 people. Nearly a decade later, as residents and ecosystems struggle to regain balance, the world turns their attention towards New Orleans. The city not only stands as a symbol of resilience, but as an example of the state of American disaster relief policy and a harbinger of the effects of climate change . Read the rest of 8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: (FEMA) , algae biofuel , anniversary , bp oil spill , carbon sequestration , climate action committee louisiana , coastline destruction , common ground relief , ecosystem restoration council , governor bobby jindal , gulf coast , Hurrican Katrina , initial comprehensive plan , jane sabiston , louisiana , louisiana flood board , lower ninth ward , New Orleans , oyster shells , solar panel , superdome , the proceedings of the national academy of sciences , times-picayune        

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