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April 27, 2011 - In the Gulf Coast, oil and gas interests have largely succeeded in derailing new health and safety rules in the wake of the BP disaster. Welcome to the political muscle and economic clout of the Gulf energy lobby. A special Facing South investigation by Chris Kromm and Sue Sturgis

What Shell owes Louisiana

August 20, 2008 - As Facing South previously reported, Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal made an important commitment last week to spending a billion dollars in state funds on coastal restoration and protection projects in the coming years.

Mardi Gras 2008: Will justice come marching in?

January 26, 2008 - Mardi Gras is starting early in New Orleans this year -- the earliest anyone I talked to in New Orleans over the last two weeks could remember. The official start date was January 8, but the revelry will really get going tonight and keep going until Fat Tuesday on Feb. 5. Krewe de Vieux, one of the most irreverent Mardi Gras crewes, kicked things off last Saturday. But starting at 6 pm tonight, six crewes will start their 2008 parades.