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September 2012 Archives

Environmental Groups Critical of DEQ

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is under fire from environmental groups for its response to the Stolthaven chemical spill.  in the days after hurricane Iassc, a spokesman for the DEQ told the public that no chemicals have been released from the facility.  This was based on information from Stolthaven that has been shown to be false.  Read more at NOLA.com DEQ Mishandled.

Stolthaven Chemical Spill Latest News

Nearly one month after the hurricane Isaac, the Stolthaven Chemical facility still cannot tell residents what chemicals were discharged, how much chemicals were discharged, or the extent of any contamination.  Since the storm, widely varying estimates of the type and amount of chemicals discharged have been provided by the company.  First, claims were made that no chemicals were discharged.  Then came the admission that small amounts of two chemicals were discharged from damaged storage tanks.  Stolthaven was first fined for failing to notify authorities of the spill timely.

Life jackets may reduce number of fatal offshore accidents

Fatal accidents take place not only on the road but also on the water-boaters and fishers may not realize they need to exercise the same amount of care on boats as they do in cars. A few safety precautions may go a long way in preventing fatal offshore accidents. Just like a seatbelt can save the lives of accident victims in a car accident, a life jacket can help save lives in a boat.

Louisiana couple victims of hit and run at festival, woman dies

When a person dies because of someone else's misconduct, it may be possible for the deceased's immediate family to bring forth a wrongful death action. This legal move is frequently used in an effort to gain an additional measure of justice for the fatal accident victim, who perished as the result of another party's irresponsible decisions.

Hurricane Isaac Donations Stolen

An estimated $15,000 worth of donated items meant to assist victims of flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish were stolen from a St. Bernard Parish school sometime this weekend, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.  See full NOLA.com Article

Alcohol not a factor in Louisiana car accident killing one

Losing a loved one suddenly in a car accident changes a victim's family members' lives in an instant. Where the victim was the breadwinner of the family, their loss adds a financial burden that may hinder the grieving process. Though nothing can replace their loss, family members of a car accident victim can file a personal injury claim to recover lost wages and funeral expenses.

Louisiana man thrown from bike, killed in hit-and-run crash

Bicycling is a popular past-time and mode of transportation for many people New Orleans residents. Unfortunately, while sharing the roads with motor vehicles, careless drivers can subject bicyclists to danger. In a car accident involving a bike, it's most often the biker that experiences the full effect of the collision.