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Ochsner Health and Chevron Expand Program on Smoking Cessation and Education

November 3, 2022

via Ochsner Health NEW ORLEANS, La. – Chevron and Ochsner Health have expanded their Lung Cancer Awareness, Education and Prevention Program thanks to a $50,000 donation from Chevron. Because of Chevron’s generosity, the program will continue to reach community members in St. Tammany Parish and impact more lives in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, St. Charles, Terrebonne, and Lafourche parishes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of preventable deaths. Louisiana has one of the highest smoking rates in the...

Louisiana coastal parishes continue to reject $100M oil company settlement for coastal erosion

October 10, 2022

By Victor Skinner, The Center Square A proposed $100 million settlement in a lawsuit against energy company Freeport-McMoRan over alleged damage to the coast continues to unravel, most recently with St. Mary Parish refusing to sign on to the deal. The St. Mary Parish Council voted 10-0 in September against a resolution authorizing 16th Judicial District Attorney Bo Duhe to sign on to the settlement, which would require Freeport-McMoRan Oil and Gas to pay $23.5 million to fund coastal restoration projects over two decades. The remainder of the money would...

Habitat STW and Women Build celebrates 20 years of homebuilding by raising another wall

October 10, 2022

Photo by Grant Therkildsen | The Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West recently kicked off its 20th annual Women Build fundraiser with a wall-raising and blessing of two new habitat homes in Covington. Over the last two decades, Women Build, with financial support from Chevron, has helped build 33 homes, and to mark their new fundraising campaign on Sept. 30, Women Build raised a wall on the 34th home funded by proceeds raised through the initiative. And very soon, the wall on a 35th home is going up as...

From Iberia to St. Mary, we don’t need misguided legal action

October 3, 2022

The Daily Iberian In Louisiana, we have prided ourselves on creating energy for the world for more than a century. Energy production is not only critical to our state’s economy and local communities, but also essential for our coastal protection efforts. In fact, the only continuous source of funding for Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan comes from oil and natural gas production on and off our shores. Since 2017, oil and natural gas companies have generated $415 million directly for state coastal building initiatives, according to the state Coastal Protection and...

Parish Council Rejects Role in Coast Lawsuit Settlement

September 20, 2022

St. Mary Now The St. Mary Parish Council wants no part of the first proposed settlement in lawsuits against energy companies over damage their operations caused to the Louisiana coast. The council on Wednesday refused to sign on to a $100 million settlement deal involving the state government, coastal parishes and companies affiliated with Freeport McMoRan. Dozens of lawsuits allege that by digging canals and performing other work, oil and gas companies damaged coastal Louisiana and violated state and federal laws, even though the work was carried out under federal...

Shell makes $1 million investment in Baton Rouge arts council

September 20, 2022

Deanna B. Narveson, 1012 Industry Report The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge announced last week that it had received a $1 million investment from Shell as it kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration and fundraising campaign. The investment from Shell will be used over the next five years to support art teachers, strengthen education and opportunities for art students, as well as for workforce development initiatives across the Capital Region. The organization has also launched the Everett G. Powers Fund for Creativity Award, created by the former CEO. The grant will...